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. The Corporate Connections newsletter is a quick update on some of these partnerships.
When Clemson’s 14th president, James Barker, announced his departure from the presidency and return to the classroom, a nationwide search began for his replacement. On November 11, 2013, Chairman of the Board of Trustees David Wilkins announced the appointment of James P. Clements as the new president. Clements will take the office as of January 1, 2014. Read more about Clements and his family.
The nation’s largest utility, Duke Energy, partnered with Clemson University to create the world’s most-advanced energy systems testing and research center.
The center houses the world’s most-advanced wind-turbine drivetrain testing facility capable of full-scale highly accelerated mechanical and electrical testing of advanced drivetrain systems for wind turbines. A drivetrain takes energy generated by a turbine’s blades and increases the rotational speed to drive the electrical generator, similar to the transmission in a car.
Duke Energy named the 15-megawatt hardware-in-the-loop grid simulator the Duke Energy eGRID — Electrical Grid Research Innovation and Development — center. The eGRID supports education, research and economic development to speed new electrical technologies to market.
Hardware-in-the-loop is when a device is connected to a system — in this case an electrical device connected to a simulated electrical grid — and the device performs under testing as it would under actual conditions. The eGRID can simulate the electrical grid of any country in the world.
Duke Energy is contributing $5 million to help fund laboratory infrastructure and educational program development, and a Smart Grid Technology Endowed Chair. Duke Energy employees also will provide the center with ongoing technical expertise and resources.
Duke Energy’s endowment was matched by the SmartState Program to establish two distinguished professorships. Together, these three positions will form a focused smart-grid technology research team that will lead to new innovations and help educate the workforce of the future.
Speaking to an international audience of more than 1,000 people, including elected representatives, U.S. Department of Energy officials and industry executives from around the world, Clemson University President James F. Barker said the facility places South Carolina at the forefront of energy systems testing and research.
“Clemson University is renowned for groundbreaking research, supercomputing, engineering and workforce development, but the Innovation Center and eGRID take the university to another level,” Barker said. “The fact that two such prestigious companies have put their names on this building undoubtedly will help us attract additional industry partners.”
“We will always be grateful for their support and trust, as we are to the many public and private partners that helped the Clemson team make this incredible project a reality,” he said.
Jim Rogers, chairman of the board for Duke Energy, said, “This is an exciting day for South Carolina and Duke Energy, and our industry. The Duke team looks forward to working side by side with Clemson students and researchers from across the world to help create jobs and deliver new grid technologies to our industry.”For more information, click here.
On Tuesday evening, December 3, 2013, Clemson University hosted a reception to celebrate the Michelin Scholars and recognize Michelin for its vision in creating this new scholarship program, the Michelin Annual Scholarship for International Programs and the Michelin Endowed Scholarship for International Programs.
Michelin Scholars are outstanding students in selected engineering and science disciplines who, in preparation for possible international internships and careers, are enrolled in French language or French cultural courses. Selection as a Michelin Scholar assists in completing requirements for the new College of Engineering and Science certificate in International Engineering and Science.
The evening began with remarks by Anand Gramopadhye, dean of the College of Engineering and Science followed by Hoke Hill, interim associate dean for International Studies in the College of Engineering and Science. Hill introduced four students, Mary Kate Gibbs, a senior in mathematical sciences; Stephen Knackstedt, a senior in mechanical engineering; Matthew McMillan, a sophomore in chemical engineering; and Samantha Paris, a junior in industrial engineering. Each student told the audience why they applied for the Michelin scholarship and expressed gratitude to Michelin for the opportunity.
Following the scholarship recipients’ remarks, Mara De Jesus, Michelin recruiting manager, Hack Trammel, Clemson University Foundation president and CEO, and Hoke Hill presented certificates to each of the scholars. Randy Stroman, plant manager at Michelin North America-Greenville, then addressed the students and shared information on the company. The evening concluded with remarks by Brian O’Rourke, director of development and alumni affairs, expressing his gratitude to Michelin for their support of the Michelin Scholars as well as their support of Clemson University throughout the years.