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Class of 2017

Nolan Bagnal

Challenge: Advancing Health Informatics
Bio for Spotlight:
Research: Creative Inquiry focusing on designing a near infrared (NIR) camera to detect inflammation of tissue at risk of ulceration in diabetic patients, plan to conduct independent research on implementation of electronic patient tracking in developing countries
Interdisciplinary Curriculum: Plan to take courses in spanish
Entrepreneurship: Plan on creating a program for a tablet to distribute to health clinics in developing countries
Global Dimension: Studied abroad in Panama and Costa Rica, working in health clinics there, plan on continuing to work with health clinics in developing countries.
Service Learning: Volunteered in Costa Rica through FIRMC, volunteered at a free health clinic, plan to continue working with health clinics in other countries.


Maggie Boyd

Challenge: Make Solar Energy Economical
Bio for Spotlight: I joined the GCS program to give my education a bit more of direction and specialization that would benefit me in the future. I wish to go into the energy business as an engineer looking to optimize the industry and to explore new energy methods. As a GCS scholar, I plan to research solar energy in order to understand and to improve the technology in such a way that will be beneficial to the energy demands of modern society.
Research: Creative Inquiry: Solar Energy on Campus;    Creative Inquiry: Engineers Without Borders, ME 4150 Undergraduate Research planned
Interdisciplinary Curriculum: HON 2060 Intro to Nanotechnology
Entrepreneurship: Solar Energy on Campus, Developed a business plan and presented to the IT Student Advisory Board in order to receive funding for a solar carport on campus, Entrepreneurship Seminar
Global Dimension: Studied abroad in Trier, Germany with a focus on sustainable energy systems. Learned about the technical aspects of solar energy and about the economics behind the technology.
Service Learning: Engineers without Borders, Community service with ReWiGo or Habitat for Humanity planned


Megan Byham

Challenge: Improvement of Medical Systems
Bio for Spotlight: Our world is rapidly advancing in unprecedented ways. Due to the speed of this development, even the most modern systems have their flaws. I have taken a particularly passionate interest in the flaws of healthcare, as medical prosperity directly relates to prosperity of the human race. A lack of planning in medical schema causes hospitals to suffer from unnecessary restrictions in resources: related to equipment, time, space, and/or personnel. In the medical world, even the smallest systemic amendment has the potential to save lives. As an industrial engineer, I have realized my potential to make a difference through the restructuring of hospitals. I hope to be a Grand Challenge Scholar because it is my ultimate goal to work towards making these improvements.
Research: Conducted independent research on the improvement of hospital public reporting websites, Creative Inquiry optimizing the triaging of EMS trauma patients coming into Greenville Health Systems Level I trauma Center, plan to continue creative inquiry research to optimize the scheduling of vascular access surgery
Interdisciplinary Curriculum: Honors Medical Ethics, plan to take Spanish for medical health professionals (SPAN 4150)
Entrepreneurship: Principals of Micro/Macroeconomics (ECON 2110/2120), plan to do a market analysis of the healthcare market and its needs for continual improvements, especially in hospitals
Global Dimension: Hispanic World: Spain (SPAN 3070), plan to study abroad in Spain, spend time before or after trip as an industrial engineer at a Spanish medical facility
Service Learning: FIMRC (Foundation for International medical Relief of Children) local volunteer, volunteer at Helping Hands and Mauldin Miracle League, Industrial engineering tutor


Sarah Donaher

Challenge: Providing Access to Clean Water
Bio for Spotlight: I hope to use the GCS program at Clemson to tailor my undergraduate career towards the challenge of providing better access to clean water. In particular, I want to begin preparing for graduate in the field of Radioecology. My ultimate goal is to pursue a career in research in order to learn how to track radionuclides through hydrological environmental systems in order to identify contaminant sources and develop remediation treatments. This research will hopefully lead to technologies that can be implemented to clean contaminated water sources around the world. 
Research: Work with Dr. Brian Powell’s research group in the Clemson Radiochemistry lab analyzing the behavior of radionuclides in the environment. In particular, I work on experiments manipulating radionuclides with mineral sorption to determine surface complexation coefficients. I was part of the 2015 "Renewable Energy Technologies Generation and Management" Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) cohort at Missouri University of Science and Technology. I worked with a team involved in several research experiments and the compilation of a comprehensive economic and environmental evaluation of Green Infrastructure (GI). I was a research assistant in the Civil Engineering Department, coauthoring a paper entitled "Potentials of Online Media and Location-Based Big Data for Urban Transit Networks in Developing Countries” accepted for publication to the annual Transportation Research Board.
Interdisciplinary Curriculum: Taken several psychology and sociology courses that focused specifically on motivation, willpower, and how humans perceive chance and risk. Also participated in Dixon Fellows, a program within the Calhoun Honors College that brings together students of all majors into small groups that focus on diverse topics ranging from Portuguese literature to astronomy. Planning on taking an Environmental Law and Policy course to develop my understanding of environmental law.
Entrepreneurship: Research project this semester involved estimating the value of Green Infrastructure, including economic, environmental, social, aesthetic, and educational. Furthermore, the GCS chapter participated in a seminar learning about patents, particularly the patent process within Clemson. Furthermore, I was the first treasurer of the Clemson GCS chapter.
Global Dimension: Studied abroad at the Trier University of Applied Sciences in Trier, Munich, and Birkenfeld, Germany. Took a German language and culture course as well as a “Sustainable Energy Technologies” course.
Service Learning: Currently Vice President of Service for the Clemson GCS chapter. Also participate in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg ‘Adopt-A-Stream’ program.


Amanda Farthing:

Challenge: Making Solar Energy Economical
Bio for Spotlight: Amanda is an Industrial Engineering major with minors in Sustainability and International Engineering & Science. She's explored her chosen Grand Challenge, "making solar energy economical," through research analyzing land suitability for utility-scale solar in South Carolina, using a geographic information system. Though her passions and pursuits throughout college might seem academically schizophrenic -- ranging from public policy to evaluation of transportation systems to botany -- she believes a diversified education, embraced by Clemson’s GCS program, will allow her to more holistically address sustainability issues in her future career.
Research: Independent research aiming to analyze the potential for utility-scale solar PV in the state of South Carolina, engaging in research within Industrial Engineering Department using supply chain and logistics approaches to improve the process of vehicle fleet electrification
Interdisciplinary Curriculum: Sustainability minor, Dixon Global Policy Scholar, courses of philosophy and economics, International Engineering and Science Minor
Entrepreneurship: Initiated the development of a Green Revolving Fund at Clemson
Global Dimension: Study Abroad at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, Dixon Global Policy Scholar, Travelled to Haiti with CEDC to perform site assessments for potential wind turbine implementation, travelled through Ireland and Northern Ireland with National Scholars Program, Study Abroad in Spain
Service Learning: Active member of Engineers without Borders and CEDC, plan to extend service involvement to local actions to improve sustainability and healthy living within the Clemson Community through groups such as Students for Environmental Action


Aaron Gordon:

Challenge: Provide Access to Clean Water
Bio for Spotlight: As a GCS Scholar, I have been focusing the majority of my work on engineering in the developing world. Through other organizations, I have been involved on designing multiple water treatment systems along with other projects that address the lack of infrastructure in the Global South. In 2015, I spent almost eight months living in Haiti and working as a project engineer for Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries (CEDC). You can read more about my experience here: aginhaiti.blogspot.com
Research: Sustainable Transportation Systems in the Developing world, plan to have several publications related to CEDC and projects in Haiti
Interdisciplinary Curriculum: POSC 1020, SPAN 2010, Several Honors seminars in public policy, BIOL 1110
Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurship seminar with Dr. Jeff Plumblee in Fall 2015, working on an industry partnership with Eastman Chemical and CEDC
Global Dimension: Study Abroad at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, Dixon Global Policy Scholar, CEDC internship in Haiti, plan to go on future CEDC trips to Haiti
Service Learning: Engineers Without Borders, Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries, plan to create GCS-related events for middle school students in engineering


Jacki Rohde

Challenge: Engineer Better Medicines
Bio for Spotlight: The concept of access unites my interests in bioengineering and engineering education. Through robust and low resource medical devices, I hope to increase access to necessary medical treatments in the developing world. My work in engineering education, with a specific focus on engineering identity, aims to understand what makes engineers feel like they “belong,” in order to help make engineering a field that all people are able to pursue if they desire.
Research: Research in Bioengineering consists of a low-resource testing device that aims to detect bacteria present in human subjects and water sources. Research in Engineering Education consists of investigating the lives of non-normative engineering students as they progress through the years of engineering curriculum, Departmental Honors in Psychology
Interdisciplinary Curriculum: Taking classes in Psychology and Parks and Recreation Tourism Management, working towards psychology minor
Entrepreneurship: Bioengineering research is currently working with CURF to detemine the best method to protect intellectual property.
Global Dimension: Bioengineering research works closely with hospitals in Tanzania and Mexico to better define needs and give feedback about design ideas, possibly traveling to Tanzania repairing damaged medical equipment
Service Learning: Participate in Habitat for Humanity Build, work as an SI, taking on leadership as a Community of Practice leader, aiding new SI leaders