September 2016: Top Stories from the Clemson University College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
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September: Top Stories from the College
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Foulger to lead $6 million in research on the brain 

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Clemson University-led collaboration receives $1.57 million from the National Institutes of Health

A Clemson University team has been awarded a five-year, $1.57 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a novel imaging technique and dye-based sensor to detect and monitor bacterial infections on implanted medical devices. MORE>>

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David Freedman receives $1.1 million to answer water-safety questions

David Freedman, the chair of the environmental engineering and Earth sciences department at Clemson, is leading a team that could help shed light on one of the world’s most widespread environmental challenges. They are investigating whether natural processes are breaking down solvents that were released into the environment before their health hazards were fully understood. MORE>>

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Astronauts could grow their own crops on missions to deep space

Joshua Summers, a professor of mechanical engineering, is beginning to lay the groundwork for deep-space farming as part of a NASA-funded study he is doing with the Boston company, Freight Farms. MORE>>

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Renewable energy expert to lead research, education at Clemson’s North Charleston site

Johan Enslin is Clemson University’s new Duke Energy Endowed Chair in Smart Grid Technology and director of the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center. Enslin will play a central role in building Clemson’s new research and graduate education programs at its fast-growing site in North Charleston. MORE>>

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Hai Yao appointed to Ernest R. Norville Endowed Chair in Biomedical Engineering

Hai Yao’s appointment comes as the result of a $1.5-million gift from Mitch and Carla Norville. Mitch Norville received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson in 1980, and the endowed chair is named after his father. Yao received his medallion in the same ceremony as Amy Landis, whose appointment was announced last year and who is the Thomas F. Hash '69 SmartState Endowed Chair in Sustainable Development. See photos from the ceremony here. MORE>>

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Department of Automotive Engineering students take MINI road trip as part of Deep Orange experience

Deep Orange 7 students from Clemson’s Department of Automotive Engineering participated in “MINI Takes the States” as part of their graduate educational experience. The students had the opportunity to meet several hundred other MINI customers, drive the vehicles on two legendary NASCAR tracks and caravan on beautiful South Carolina country roads. MORE>>

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Bioengineering students shadow clinicians in summer immersion program

A team of Clemson bioengineering students won first place in an undergraduate design competition and is awaiting word on a utility patent. “That project laid the groundwork for a six-week summer immersion program that allows undergraduate bioengineering students interested in medical devices to shadow clinicians and identify problems they can address through biomedical design,” according to The Greenville News. MORE>>

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Harris endowment to help fund global engagement experiences

Rusty and LeeAnn Harris, who both graduated from Clemson in 1986, have pledged funds to start the Rusty and LeeAnn Harris Family Grant-in-Aid Endowment. Rusty Harris received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Clemson. He is SCANA’s senior vice president of gas distribution. LeeAnn (Haralson) Harris received an elementary-education degree from Clemson. MORE>>

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Riggs leads Creative Inquiry team tackling sensory overload

A team of Clemson University students and faculty members is working through the Creative Inquiry program to improve the connection between humans and technology. The research is led by Sara Riggs, an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering. MORE>>

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Engineering and science students invite you to Fit Run 5K

This year's Fit Run 5K will go off-road and on the trails of the South Carolina Botanical Garden. “We're having it Oct. 22, so we should have a pretty good display of fall colors,” organizers said in an announcement on Facebook. The run is the major fund-raising event for CESSAB, a group of Clemson University engineering and science students who hold networking events throughout the school year. Secure your spot by registering here.

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Tailgate with us!

You and your family are invited to the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences Homecoming Tailgate, featuring the Clemson Tigers vs. the North Carolina State Wolfpack. We’ll get together on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. Look for us on the Trustee Park Lawn 3 hours prior to kickoff. RSVP>>

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Brian Dean wins award for innovation in teaching

Brian Dean, an associate professor in the School of Computing, is the winner of the Philip Prince Award for Innovation in Teaching. The award recognizes outstanding faculty members who demonstrate creative and novel teaching methods and is named for former Clemson President Phil Prince. MORE>>

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Julie Martin honored for going ‘above and beyond’ for students

Julie Martin, associate professor in the Department of Engineering and Science Education, is the winner of the 2016 Excellence in Mentoring Award from Graduate Student Government. The award provides encouragement for hard-working mentors who are making a difference at Clemson University. MORE>>

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Grad students partner with Central American village to harness free sustainable energy source

Shakira Hobbs, a PhD candidate in the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering, and Clemson University industrial engineering PhD candidate, Myrtede Alfred, are part of a collaborative multidisciplinary team working with the people of a small rural village in Belize to provide free sustainable energy for the village by converting food waste into fuel for cooking. MORE>>

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Bioengineers see big opportunities in medical device industry

Clemson University bioengineers are working to expand GreenMD, a program that teaches students how to clean, sterilize and design medical instruments so they can be reused. The program started in response to an industry that has grown up around medical-device reprocessing, which is closely regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. MORE>>

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Class Notes

Carla Harvey, 2005 and 2006
BS in Civil Engineering, MS in Civil Engineering | Ms. Harvey has recently joined Colleton County, SC as the County Engineer.

Justin Helmig, 1997
BS in Computer Engineering | Mr. Helmig has been hired as the new Chief Marketing Officer for Interactive Intelligence.

Lt. Col. Jeff Moore, 1987
BS in Civil Engineering | Lt. Col. Moore has recently retired from the Air Force Reserve with 28 years of service.

MORE CLASSMATES>>

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From the Dean

From the inner workings of the human brain to the far reaches of outer space, this month’s newsletter underscores the wide variety of research areas that engage our faculty. All of these address needs outlined by the NAE Grand Challenges and the nine areas of opportunity defined by the White House Innovation Strategy.

Two faculty members have been recognized for outstanding teaching and mentoring, which points to the dedication and hard work the college’s faculty dedicate to meeting the needs of students.

We’ve had several important leadership appointments that will further the academic and research initiatives of the college. A medallion ceremony honored Hai Yao, who now holds the Ernest R. Norville Endowed Chair in Biomedical Engineering, and Amy Landis, the recipient of the Thomas F. Hash '69 SmartState Endowed Chair in Sustainable Development.

I’d like to thank Rusty and LeeAnn Harris, Clemson alumni who’ve established an endowment that will help fund global engagement experiences, which are a critical component of our NAE Grand Challenges Scholars program.

Finally, let me extend a personal invitation to make plans to be part of the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences Homecoming Tailgate. I look forward to visiting with you as our Tigers take on the North Carolina State Wolfpack.

I wish you the best and look forward to hearing from you soon,

Anand Gramopadhye, Dean
College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

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