Residents in Science and Engineering (RiSE) Program

RiSE Staff

For general inquiries concerning the RiSE program you may contact one of the staff members below or call us at 864-656-2541. We are located on the first floor of Lever Hall. You can also tweet us, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram in order to learn more about this exciting community. 


Andrew Edmunds, RiSE Coordinator



  • B.A. Secondary Education, Clemson University
  • M.Ed. Counselor Education, Clemson University

Professional Activities

  • Member, NACADA
  • Member, ACUHO-I 
  • NSAPP (New Student Academic Progress Program) Advisor
  • Living-Learning Community Council Representative

Mr. Edmunds advises new freshmen and transfer students in the General Engineering program in addition to his role as RiSE Coordinator. 

 Mr. Edmunds served as a Resident Assistant at Clemson University for three years before coming to work for the College of Engineering and Science in May of 2012.

Originally from Florence, S.C. he is a second-generation Clemson graduate and proud Clemson football fan. In his spare time he enjoys running, reading novels, and cooking Southern food. 



Todd Schweisinger, Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering & RiSE Program Faculty Director



  • B.S. Physics, University of California @ Irvine
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University

Professional Activities

  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)

Dr. Schweisinger teaches classes and advises undergraduate research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.  He also champions excellence in delivery of the undergraduate Mechanical Engineering laboratory experience, and he serves as RiSE Program Faculty Director

Dr. Schweisinger joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2008 as a lecturer and the Undergraduate Laboratory Coordinator.  He advises several Creative Inquiry Teams emphasizing multi-disciplinary product design and development.  

Dr. Schweisinger enjoys learning from his students as much as he does teaching.  In addition to the formal curriculum his Clemson experience included learning how to host a radio show on WSBF, Shag Dance in the Brooks Center,  SCUBA dive in Fike, whitewater kayak on the Chattooga River, sail, water ski, and wakeboard on Lake Hartwell, and he made several life-long friends. However, many of his favorite leisure activities have not changed since he was teenager; for example, he still enjoys roller skating, racquetball, mixing dance music on his turntables, and spending time outside with family and friends. 

Dr. Christopher Norfolk- Lecturer Chemical & General Engineering, RiSE Facutly Fellow
  • B.S. Clemson University, Chemical Engineering
  • M.S. University of Notre Dame, Chemical Engineering
  • Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, Chemical Engineering 

Work Experience 

  • Consultant, Advanced Materials
  • Program manager, SCRA Applied R&D, Advanced Materials Division
  • Postdoctoral Research, Army Research Laborator

Dr. Norfolk's work with SCRA allowed him the opportunity to wokrin the area of prosthetics for wounded warriors. His work in this field along with his colleagues has gained regional and national recognition; major awards include the Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award (2011), the Przirembel Prize for Collaboration in Technology and Product Development (2012), and the Gold Stevie ® for Technical Innovation of the Year (2013) from the American Business Awards.

The child of a career service member (United States Army), he has a deep appreciation for the military heritage at Clemson. In his spare time he enjoys brewing mead, car repair, and home renovations. 


Laura Shick, Lecturer of Statistics- Department of Mathematical Sciences 

RiSE Faculty Partner


  • B.S. Textiles, University of Deleware
  • M.S. Statistics, University of Delaware

Professional Activities

  • Summer Reading Facilitator
  • Student Advisor 
  • Mentor Creative Inquiry Teams
  • Faculty Fellow Service Learning
  • Faculty Fellow Critical Thinking Initiative (CT2)
  • Member Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board (AAODB)

I came to Clemson in 2005 after many years in both academia and business and industry. My teaching philosophy is to help students understand that Statistics is everywhere in our everyday lives, and the course is nothing to be afraid of.  I teach using a very hands-on process which may include projects that build on each unit.  Students have done Paper Airplane projects for the past several years, and most will tell you how helpful and fun this was.  In more advanced classes I use Service Learning programs where we adopt a non-profit. This past year's project proved so exciting to the students that they asked to turn this into a Creative Inquiry so that they could continue to work on the project with the client.

I am very excited about joining the RiSE team so that I can continue to challenge youthful minds to explore alternative points of view about statistical reporting in the news.

Erin Beach, RiSE GA for Residential Learning 


  • B.S. Psychology, The University of Virginia's College at Wise
  • M.Ed. Counselor Education (in progress), Clemson University

Professional Activities

  • Living-Learning Community Council Representative
  • Treasurer, Clemson University Student Personnel Association
  • Member, South Carolina College Personnel Association (SCCPA)
  • Member, NASPA

Ms. Beach coordinates RiSE programs and supervises the RiSE tutoring team.

Before moving to Clemson, Ms. Beach worked as an Academic Tutor and Resident Advisor at UVa-Wise for two years. She worked as a GA for Student Disability Services at Clemson University before coming to work for the RiSE program in May 2014.

Ms. Beach is from Pennington Gap, Virginia. Her hobbies include riding horses and reading. She is currently working towards obtaining her M.Ed. in Counselor Education: Student Affairs.