Institute for Biological Interfaces of Engineering

IBIOE Newsletter Vol. 1 Issue 2

IBIOE Welcomes New Research Associates to the Team
IBIOE Newsletter, Vol. 1, Issue 2, September 2011

hanks and thurmond

IBIOE is proud to announce the addition of Nic Hanks as Research Associate and Mr. Scheen Thurmond as Research Associate/Laboratories Manager. Hanks is engaged in management and improvements of IBIOE electromechanical equipment and works with faculty members, students, and staff to further related projects. Hanks also works closely with the IBIOE Laboratories Manager to provide technical oversight of Institute infrastructure.  

Hanks recently received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Clemson University with an area of expertise in electronics and robotics. During his undergraduate career at Clemson, he designed a fire detection and suppression system for military and commercial vehicles and worked on several robotics projects including the Ping-Tac-Toe robot and an autonomous labyrinth game. 

Hanks looks forward to his upcoming role at the university. “I’m excited to jump in feet first to a new environment and start working with bioprinting and using my skills as an electrical engineer to assist with IBIOE projects,” says Hanks.  

Mr. Scheen Thurmond began his role as IBIOE Research Associate/Laboratories Manager during the summer of 2011 and he couldn’t be more pleased with his new professional position at Clemson University. “Being IBIOE Lab Manager brings me back to my love of biology and my medical field interests. I find the work of diagnostic tissue test systems fascinating and am honored to be part of this collaborative team doing such important research,” said Thurmond. 

Thurmond comes to IBIOE from a research specialist position at Clemson University in the Dairy Cow Nutrition Laboratory where he performed lab duties in support of research in dairy cow nutrition such as fatty acid analysis via gas chromatography, setup, and maintenance of continuous cultures, diet, reagent and solution preparation. Thurmond’s background also includes research roles at Clemson University’s Department of Entomology and the Genomics Institute as well as teaching positions at Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, SC, and the School District of Oconee County. Thurmond received his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Clemson University in 1995 and he is an honors graduate of Greenville Tech’s Medical Laboratory program and an ASCP certified MLT.