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MADE in SC will grow advanced materials education, research and economy statewide

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‘Cloud’ research involving Clemson University gets $10 million bump

Kuang-Ching “K.C.” Wang, a professor in the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is part of a team that is receiving $10 million from the National Science Foundation to help build what experts call a “cloud computing system,” bringing the total funding to $20 million since 2014. MORE>>

New business potential seen in Clemson University’s strengthened ties to India

Students and faculty members are shuttling between Clemson and India for a flurry of new exchange programs, most centering on the auto industry and PSG College of Technology in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. These collaborations could lead to new economic development opportunities in South Carolina. MORE>>

Eclipse shines light on ‘smart grid’ technologies at Clemson University

The historic eclipse that cut across the nation on Aug. 21 gave Clemson University researchers and industry collaborators a chance to study what happens when solar panels suddenly quit generating energy. MORE>>

Researchers breathe life into space-made objects

Mark Blenner, the Dean’s Assistant Professor in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, is leading a team looking for ways to make long space trips feasible. He’s studying how to repurpose waste molecules and convert them into products astronauts need, such as polyesters and nutrients. MORE>>

Clemson engineers work to make buildings stronger in face of storms

Clemson University’s Wind Load Test Facility has one of the largest atmospheric boundary wind tunnels in the country. The research conducted there by Weichiang Pang, associate professor of civil engineering, will serve to make structures safer and more secure. MORE>>

Undergraduate making key contributions in Multiscale Bioelectromechanics Lab

Katelyn Truong, a junior majoring in bioengineering with an emphasis on materials, is currently working to complete the pre-med program at Clemson. She has been a part of the research team in Delphine Dean's lab since the beginning of her freshman year. MORE>>

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Mechanical engineering alumnus embarks on entrepreneurial venture

With baccalaureate and master’s degrees from Clemson University in mechanical engineering and entrepreneurship, Richie Parker is combining a unique personal perspective with his engineering and business acumen to launch a new consulting and design firm for people with disabilities. MORE>>

Engineered for Success: Paulette Vernon Evans ’01

Paulette Evans’ work as senior project manager with Cone Health landed her on the 2017 list of the Triad Business Journal’s Forty under 40. Since August 2016, she’s led the development of Reinventing Care, a $160 million project that includes a new women’s and children’s facility for a North Carolina hospital system that serves six counties. MORE>>

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Rising need for engineers sharpens focus on how state teaches math

Twenty-three researchers from across the state are coming together to learn more about how the state’s education system prepares students for calculus, a basic requirement for an engineering degree. Researchers could help create new ways of teaching not only in South Carolina but across the country, affecting the K-12 system, technical colleges and universities. MORE>>

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Savage endowment memorializes alumnus and friend

Sharla and Sam Savage are establishing a $50,000 endowment to honor the memory of Miranda White, who died shortly after graduating from Clemson. The gift will benefit PEER, a program that brought them together. Current and former members of PEER are invited to give to the endowment. MORE>>

Tailgate with us!

You and your family are invited to the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences Homecoming Tailgate, before the game between our Clemson Tigers and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. We’ll get together on Sat., Oct. 7, on the lawn behind Cooper Library three hours prior to kickoff. RSVP here or call 864-656-0562. 

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Class Notes

Paige Eber, 2015
BS in Industrial Engineering
Lt. Col. David Milner, 1996
BS in Electrical Engineering
Jason Eppley, 1993
BS in Civil Engineering


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From the Dean

The first two stories in this month’s newsletter establish a theme of “economic development potential” that runs through this issue.

Clemson’s participation in the National Science Foundation’s MADE in SC initiative will provide an economic stimulus in several areas. The program supplies resources to hire new researchers at five institutions. The universities will also invest in training postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students; outreach to K-12 schools and the public; and developing new facilities.

Clemson also has a leadership role in the NSF-sponsored CloudLab program which is ensuring that cloud technology is reliable, adaptable and high performing enough to support electrical grid technologies, transportation systems, higher education and various business enterprises.

And speaking of business enterprises, one of our mechanical engineering graduates is about to launch a unique entrepreneurial venture. He is a remarkable individual with a remarkable vision.

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 Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
Anand K. Gramopadhye

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