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About Research at Clemson

2016 Clemson University Research Symposium: Building a Transdisciplinary Culture of Research

As a STEM-intensive, land-grant institution with robust programs in the social sciences and humanities, an active extension and public service network, and state-of-the-art innovation campuses, Clemson has a unique opportunity to lead the nation in solving pressing scientific, technical and human problems and creating an environment that prizes inquiry, creativity and scholarship.

In 2016, Clemson was classified as one of the nation’s most active research institutions (Carnegie Basic Classification R1 – Highest Research Activity). R1 universities are economic engines that create prosperity in entire regions, and their national and international reputations add significant value to the degrees they award.

Every day, Clemson faculty, staff and students are working to continuously improve our research quality, quantity and impact; to foster a rich, curiosity-driven intellectual environment; to solve real problems; and to create more opportunities for graduates and alumni.

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Vice President for Research, Dr. Tanju Karanfil

VP for Research at Clemson University, Dr. tanju karanfil

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Dr. Tanju Karanfil became vice president for research in February 2016. A renown environmental engineer, Dr. Karanfil leads Clemson’s research strategy and oversees technology transfer, sponsored programs, compliance and other support services for a portfolio that tops $100 million in research revenue.

Innovation Clusters

Advanced Materials: Areas of focus include optical materials and optoelectronic structures, bio and bio-inspired materials, polymeric and lightweight materials and nanomaterials as well as resilient materials, energy applications, ceramic matrix composites, integrated computational materials science and engineering, advanced materials characterization and materials by design.

Cyberinfrastructure and Big Data Science: Areas of focus include cybersecurity, intelligent transportation and computational genomics, digital humanities, business analytics, connected mobility and data-enabled science, engineering, and social science.

Energy, Transportation and Advanced Manufacturing: Areas of focus include transportation technology, energy generation and distribution, electrical grid control and renewable energy, logistics and supply chain management, cyber-physical systems, and bio-inspired design.

Human Resilience: Areas of focus include natural and built environments, personal and societal resilience, economic and social wellbeing, diversity, leadership and entrepreneurship, and education.

Health Innovation: Areas of focus include biomedical devices, biomaterials, regenerative medicine, health care delivery and access, personalized medicine, mobile health care access, health disparities, health care systems, and architecture and health.

Sustainable Environment: Areas of focus include applied genomics, the water-food-energy nexus, nuclear waste disposal, bio product security, integrative agriculture, integrative biology and sustainable building design.

Innovation Campuses

Economic development is a contact sport. Innovation often occurs when people who are interested in a common topic or problem have the opportunity to meet informally. Clemson’s research and economic development campuses provide a rich environment where the University’s faculty, staff and graduate students can interact with researchers from the private-industry partners whose facilities are located within walking distance of each other.

Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) — Greenville, S.C.
Anchored by the Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center, CU-ICAR is working to become the premier automotive and motorsports research and education facility in the world. To date, public and private partners have invested more than $215 million in CU-ICAR.

Clemson University Advanced Materials Center — Anderson, S.C.
Advanced Materials is a growing industry in South Carolina and the Southeast. The growth in highly complex manmade materials, and our ability to engineer and manipulate them, offer many opportunities for collaboration and economic development. Clemson’s Advanced Materials Center is anchored by the Advanced Materials Research Laboratory (AMRL). The AMRL is home to one of the nation’s finest electron microscope facilities, which enables researchers to examine materials at the atomic level.

Clemson University Restoration Institute — North Charleston, S.C.
Established in 2004 to drive economic growth in South Carolina’s restoration industries and environmentally sustainable technologies, the Restoration Institute offers many opportunities for collaboration across a broad spectrum of issues such as advanced materials and materials conservation, water resources management, wind energy and biofuels.

Center for Human Genetics at the Greenwood Genetic Center— Greenwood, S.C.
The Center for Human Genetics addresses research and clinical opportunities in human diagnostics and epigenetic therapeutics advancing personalized medicine for intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and disorders of the immune and nervous systems. Located in the recently completed Self Regional Hall on the campus of the Greenwood Genetic Center, as well as on the main Clemson campus, the Center for Human Genetics represents another unique partnership for Clemson and will help create a research hub for human genetics research in Greenwood.

See complete list of Centers and Institutes here.

Agricultural Research Centers