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.

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Philip Mathis

RiSE Director



  • B.A. History, University of Kentucky
  • M.S. Kinesiology & Health Promotion; emphasis in Sports Leadership, University of Kentucky

Professional Activities

  • SEAHO Delegate
  • Living-Learning Community Council Representative
  • Member, NACADA

Philip joined RiSE in August of 2014. He is a native of Danville, Kentucky and a two time graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he earned both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees. Prior to joining the Clemson family, Philip served as a staff member for the Office of Residence Life at the University of Kentucky for eight years. Most recently, Philip served as the House Director for the Sigma Chi Fraternity at UK, where he was responsible for chapter and facility operations, student development and advising, programming, and curriculum development. He has also served in various other roles, including: class instructor, Director of Workshops and Programs for the University of Kentucky Cultural Diversity Festival, Lead Director and Creator of Assessment Based Programming, and as a Student Conduct Hearing Officer.

Philip has a strong passion for student success and the student experience. He loves engaging and forming lasting relationships with students as they grow, learn, and develop during their collegiate years.

When away from work, Philip loves to watch and attend sporting events, travel and explore, learn new hobbies, and play video games. He is a foodie, technology and gadget lover, a self-proclaimed "social media junkie," and an enthusiast of the outdoors.

Dr. Todd Schweisinger 

Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering & RiSE 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 of Chemical & General Engineering, RiSE Faculty Fellow



  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Clemson University
  • M.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame
  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame

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 work in 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.

Dr. Brad Putman

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering & RiSE Faculty Fellow



  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Clemson University
  • M.S. Civil Engineering, Clemson University
  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Clemson University

Professional Activities

Dr. Putman has been a member of the faculty of the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering since 2005. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of construction materials and pavements. His research, which has focused on sustainability and performance aspects of materials used in civil engineering applications, especially pavements, has been sponsored by federal and state agencies as well as industry partners. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in civil engineering, Dr. Putman is passionate about injecting creativity and communication skills into engineering education.

Dr. Putman is the faculty advisor for the Clemson Concrete Canoe Team (3CT) and the Clemson chapter of Chi Epsilon, the civil engineering honor society. He also mentors several Creative Inquiry teams doing research on a variety of topics related to civil engineering, creativity, and STEAM education topics.

In his free time, Dr. Putman enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughters. He enjoys running and training for marathons, which helps him keep a clear head. As a Clemson graduate, Dr. Putman is also a huge Clemson sports fan.

Chris Sarricchio 

Graduate Assistant for First Year Experience csarricheadshot


  • B.A. Sociology and Anthropology, University of Redlands 

Chris is from Goleta, California and received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Anthropology at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California.

During his undergraduate years, Chris worked for the Office of Residence Life & Housing as a Community Assistant for first-year students, as well as the Office of Admissions as an Admissions Host.  Aside from working, he also enjoyed participating in Greek Life, student government, and theater.

Here at Clemson University, Chris is ready to gain new experiences and learn from faculty, fellow cohort members, and the RiSE team so that he may become a knowledgeable Student Affairs practitioner.

Madeline Anderson 

Graduate Assistant for Residential Learning  


  • B.A. History, College of Charleston 

Madeline is from Beaufort, South Carolina and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC.

While in undergrad, Madeline worked as a Tutor for the REACH program and spent a summer working for Clemson’s Emerging Scholars program. She was also involved in Greek Life, Alternative Break, and a Student Ambassador.

Here at Clemson University, Madeline is studying to get her M.Ed. in Counselor Education (Student Affairs) and is eager to learn and gain valuable experiences while working with the students, faculty, and staff of RiSE.

In her free time, Madeline loves to watch documentaries and episodes of The Office, bake, travel and explore new cities, and craft.