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Dr. Marian Kennedy

Marian Kennedy Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Office: 201b Olin Hall, Clemson, SC 29634
Phone: (864) 656-5349



Ph.D. Materials Science, 2007, Washington State University

Research and Teaching Interests:

  • Tribology of Coatings and Thin Films
  • Biological Composite Deformation and Wear
  • Student Motivation and Self-Efficacy
  • Undergraduate Research Program Best Practices


"Factors Influencing Participants’ Selection of Individual REU Sites", D.R. Economy, J.P. Martin, M.S. Kennedy, 2013 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, pp. 1257- 1259.

"The Admission Process for Summer Undergraduate Research: Factors Associated With Student Decision-Making for NSF REU Sites", D.R. Economy, M.S. Kennedy, J. P. Martin, J.L. Sharp, International Journal of Engineering Education (accepted June 2014)

"An Examination of Students’ Motivation in Engineering Service Courses", N.A. Mamaril, E.L. Usher, D.R. Economy, M.S. Kennedy, 2013 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, pp. 1825- 1827.


  • Phil and Mary Bradley Award for Mentoring in Creative Inquiry, Clemson University, 2013
  • Byars Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Clemson University, 2013
  • Oakridge National Laboratory CNMS Executive Committee, 2013