Clemson Corporate Connections

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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.


Japanese manufacturer Hitachi High Technologies America has established the Hitachi High Technologies Electron Microscopy Annual Fellowship at Clemson University with a commitment of $100,000. Fellowships are open to College of Engineering and Science graduate students who use electron microscopy in their studies.

This fellowship expands a longstanding partnership between Clemson’s Electron Microscopy Laboratory, housed within the Advanced Materials Research Laboratory in Anderson, and Hitachi, who created the eight electron microscopes in the lab. These specialized microscopes are found at only one other site in the United States—the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Laboratory in Tennessee. The partnership between Clemson and Hitachi is a major selling point for the University, as the Electron Microscopy Lab not only acts as a site for advanced research, but also as a service center, offering training to researchers and private companies.

The first recipient of this competitive fellowship award is Yunsong Zhao, a graduate student pursuing a doctoral degree in electrical and computer engineering. “I feel great, very honored,” said Zhao. “The most exciting thing is that my research is recognized by others. It’s useful. It’s not only equations and formulas. It can really change the lives of others.”

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Hitachi’s fellowship at Clemson is the company’s first STEM-outreach effort in higher education. “We are so proud and pleased with our relationship with Clemson. The fellowship was a natural extension of our partnership,” said Phil Bryson, vice president and general manager of the Nanotechnology Systems Division at Hitachi High Technologies America.

Tanju Karanfil, associate dean for research and development in the College of Engineering and Science, expects the fellowship to help Clemson continue to recruit high-quality students.

“We’re extremely grateful for the support from Hitachi High Technologies America,” said Karanfil. “The fellowship will enhance Clemson’s already strong reputation in electron microscopy and help advance a field rapidly growing in importance to industry.”


Clemson student Lauren Fowler will soon embark on an international adventure that goes far beyond the typical college experience. Lauren, a junior management major, has been selected to complete a six-month internship with BMW in Munich, Germany beginning in January 2015 and lasting through July. This coveted internship is a paid, 40-hour per week role and offers a combination of marketing and human resources responsibilities. As the Strategic University Branding and Recruitment Intern, Lauren will be focusing on improving BMW’s intern initiative; she’ll screen resumes, assist interns throughout the enrollment process, and play a role in determining the direction of the intern program.

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Lauren explains that she found out about this position through ClemsonJobLINK, an online service for job-seekers and employers that lists both part- and full-time job openings. Jobs are often posted on the site by employers who have a long history of hiring Clemson students and graduates as both interns and full-time employees, and BMW certainly fits this mold.

One of the most exciting aspects of this internship for Lauren is the opportunity to live and work abroad. She explains that her future career goals align nicely with this internship opportunity, and it will allow her to gain a deeper understanding of how a large corporation operates. She is currently completing an internship with a small, non-profit organization and is looking forward to finding out the differences between this type of working environment and a large, international corporation like BMW.


The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded a $115,000 grant to four Clemson University programs that support students and teachers. The programs include PEER (Programs for Educational Enrichment and Retention), WISE (Women in Science and Engineering), EMAGINE!, and a teacher education course at the Duke Energy Bad Creek Hydroelectric Station.

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“Education has always been a focal point of our commitment to corporate giving,” said Scott Miller, government and community relations manager with Duke Energy. “We have long been proud to partner with Clemson University to support efforts that continue to make a difference in the lives of so many students and teachers in the Palmetto State.”

Representatives from the four programs were given the opportunity to thank Duke representatives for their generosity at a check presentation in December (photo at right).