School of Computing

Dr. Juan Gilbert honored as Clemson's First Presidential Endowed Chair

Gilbert Barker

          Dr. Juan E. Gilbert was named the first Presidential Endowed Chair at Clemson University at a luncheon and investiture ceremony held in the Clyde V. Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center on Friday, November 9th, 2012.

          Appointment to Clemson University’s first Presidential Endowed Chair is the most recent in Juan E. Gilbert’s long list of unprecedented accomplishments. He is renowned for innovation, creativity, and redefining paradigms to better people’s lives. “It’s not the problems that life presents us,” he says, “but how we deal with those problems. The motto in our computer lab is ‘Change the world.’”

          Dr. Gilbert became the first Chair of Human-Centered Computing in the School of Computing at Clemson University in 2009. He obtained his B.S. degree in systems analysis from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati. He has researched projects in spoken language systems, advanced learning technologies, usability and accessibility, ethnocomputing (culturally relevant computing) and databases/data mining.

          Dr. Gilbert’s research in electronic voting has resulted in the most accessible voting system interface ever created. His data mining and user interface research has created Applications Quest, a data mining and software analysis tool that allows admissions officers to address diversity in admissions while adhering to all judicial decisions on this matter.

          Dr. Gilbert has been invited to give more than 120 speeches across the country in areas that include motivational talks, career development, technology policy and scientific research. He has published more than 80 articles and secured more than $10 million in external funding.

          In 2002, Dr. Gilbert was named one of the nation’s top African-American Scholars by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. He has been named a Master on Innovation by Black Enterprise magazine, a Modern-Day Technology Leader by the Black Engineer of the Year Award Conference and the Pioneer of the Year by the National Society of Black Engineers. He was named a national role model by Minority Access Inc., and he received the National Black Data Processing Associates Epsilon Award for Outstanding Technical Contribution. He is a National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academies, an Association for Computing Machinery Distinguished Speaker and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society.