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 Pintrest in order to learn more about this exciting community. 


Andrew Edmunds, RiSE Coordinator



  • B.A. Secondary Education, Clemson University
  • M.Ed. Counselor Education (in progress), 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.

Mr. Edmunds is currently working towards obtaining his M.Ed. in Counselor Education: Student Affairs. 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. 


Meghan Peevely, RiSE Graduate Assistant


  • B.S. Service Management: Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism, University of Tennessee
  • M.Ed. Counselor Education (in progress), Clemson University

Professional Activities

  • Living-Learning Community Council Representative
  • Member, South Carolina College Personnel Association (SCCPA)