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The Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) group within the Office of Development at Clemson University is dedicated to building and maintaining long-term relationships that benefit your company as well as the University and its students. Clemson Corporate Connections shares updates on some of these partnerships.


Clemson University’s SCE&G Energy Innovation Center at the Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI) in North Charleston, SC was recently selected as one of the winners of the 2014 National Best of the Best Projects competition by Engineering News-Record, the industry-leading information source from Dodge Data & Analytics. The SCE&G Energy Innovation Center was selected in the Energy/Industrial Category and was featured in the March 16 issue of ENR

SCEG Energy Innovation at Clemson University, Clemson, SCThe center, dedicated in 2013, houses the world’s most advanced wind-turbine drivetrain testing facility and is the location of groundbreaking research, education, and innovation.

SCE&G has also recently supported Clemson University’s entry into the 2015 Solar Decathlon competition, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy. Clemson’s entry is titled Indigo Pine as an homage to South Carolina’s agricultural roots.

SCE&G’s valued support has made a tangible impact on Clemson University students, faculty, and staff through enhanced research and academic opportunities.  


Daimler Vans Manufacturing CEO Marco Wirtz and CFO Frank Impson (Clemson alumni) hosted the inaugural Daimler Vans Scholarship recipients at their Ladson, South Carolina facility.

The visit to Ladson included a plant tour and a very special opportunity for Clemson’s students to learn more about Daimler’s operations and to meet the people who make it successful. The Daimler Vans leadership team generously shared insights to their career paths as well as Daimler Vans Ladson operations.

From left to right: Shannon Devlin, Marco Wirtz (Daimler Vans President & CEO), Adam TuiletufugaFrom left to right: Shannon Devlin, Marco Wirtz (Daimler Vans President & CEO), Adam Tuiletufuga

The 2014-15 Daimler Vans Scholars include Shannon Devlin, a junior majoring in industrial engineering from Pennsylvania, and Adam Tuiletufuga, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering from South Carolina.

Shannon shares her impression of the experience at Daimler Vans Ladson:

"When given the opportunity to go to Charleston and tour the Daimler Vans Manufacturing Plant, I knew it was a going to be a great opportunity to learn about Daimler's technology in the industry, their presence in America, and how they have been so successful for all these years. Although I did learn all that and more, I have to say the most memorable part of the trip was meeting almost all the members from the Daimler Vans team and seeing how team oriented, driven, and personable every member of the team was to every scholarship participant. It was outstanding, and really made me appreciate the opportunities the team has given me. Being able to have conversations from anything about my future to my outside interests, hobbies, and favorite sports team, has been so insightful and really goes to show how much they care about their scholarship winners and want to make an honest investment into the scholarship recipient's future. I cannot thank them enough for the time and effort Daimler Vans Manufacturing has invested in me, and I wish them all the luck in their future endeavors."

Clemson is honored to collaborate with Daimler Vans Manufacturing to provide scholarship support and hands-on educational opportunities to undergraduate engineering students in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.


Millard Choate, CEO and Founder of Choate Construction, and Goz Segars, Clemson University Foundation Trustee and CEO of Segars Development, Segars Farms and Segars Realty, recently visited Clemson to speak to students in the Construction Science and Management and Civil Engineering programs.

From left to right: Shannon Devlin, Marco Wirtz (Daimler Vans President & CEO), Adam Tuiletufuga

From left to right: Millard Choate, Peyton Wilber, Todd Manning, Lucas White, and Goz Segars.

During this visit, Choate and Segars also had the opportunity to meet with the inaugural Choate Family and Segars Family Scholars. The 2014-2015 recipients include four Construction Science and Management students: Anthony Alexander, a senior from Little River, SC; Todd Mann, a junior from Mount Croghan, SC; Lucas White, a junior from Summerville, SC; and Peyton Wilber, a junior from Irmo, SC.

Choate and Segars presented a program titled “How to Effectively Prepare Yourself for Your Dream Job in the Rapidly Growing Construction Industry,” which was hosted by the Constructors Guild student organization. Students enjoyed learning about ways they can prepare to enter the workforce after graduation from two important leaders in the construction industry.

Clemson is grateful for continued support and engagement from the Choate and Segars families, as their contributions are helping to shape the next generation of leaders in the construction industry.