Clemson President Jim Barker says 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.
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.
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), which contains one of the nation’s finest electron microscope facilities that allows researchers to examine materials at the atomic level.
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.
The Upstate region of South Carolina is becoming increasingly recognized as a location of concentrated activity within the medical device industry, and Clemson has a proud history as an international leader in bioengineering and biomedical research and innovation. At CUBEInC on Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center’s Patewood campus, Clemson researchers work in close proximity with researchers from Greenville Hospital System and the highly acclaimed Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas to advance knowledge in this highly complex field of medical research. While not as geographically extensive as the other research and economic development campuses, the biomedical and bioengineering translational research initiative is a microcosm of Clemson’s economic development approach of public-private collaboration and innovation.