Clemson has organized its approach to economic development around key emphasis areas that offer the greatest potential for success and that form the basis for the University’s strategy for its missions of teaching, research and public service.
Five of the emphasis areas, grouped in orange, are notable for their direct economic development potential because of the combination of the University’s academic strength in the field and a related industry presence in the state. The remaining three provide the essential framework that informs and supports economic development across disciplines.
From health care to high-performance computing, advanced materials are the key to next-generation products and processes that will improve the quality of life for everyone. Advanced Materials is an important growth industry for South Carolina, and Clemson University’s Advanced Materials Center offers access to international research leaders and business incubation and innovation facilities to shepherd the development of this important area of economic development.
With the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) as its anchor, Clemson’s emphasis on Automotive and Transportation Technology is an engine for innovation, from advanced manufacturing processes to transportation planning and vehicle safety.
Perhaps no other Clemson emphasis area offers opportunity equal to Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences in terms of affecting the quality of life. Our researchers’ interdisciplinary work combines advances in a remarkably broad range of fields, including genetics, molecular biology, nanotechnology, bioinformatics and nutrition to improve the health and well-being of people in South Carolina and around the world.
The reality of academic research in the 21st century involves the need for high speed, massive storage and instant worldwide communication for collaborative research projects. In a short time, Clemson has moved from the shadows of computing oblivion to having the No. 60 supercomputing site in the world, according to TOP500 (Nov. 2008).
Managing natural resources and developing sustainable alternative energy sources are among the most critical challenges facing the world today. Clemson University’s strengths and expertise in alternative energy technologies, water resources, sustainable agriculture, the built environment and the natural environment come together to address these challenges on many fronts.
Each research group’s principal investigator is in a CEO-like position, managing workloads, payroll, inventory and facilities. Business management is an important skill for these researchers, and as new knowledge and new products are generated, entrepreneurial skills associated with business development are critically important.
Clemson’s land-grant mission is focused on improving the quality of life for all. Through the Family and Community Living emphasis area, Clemson faculty are leading education, research and service-oriented activities that tackle the multitude of challenges facing families and communities today.
The General Education emphasis area can be seen as the keystone building block for all the other areas and comprises a variety of unique components critical to developing the skills necessary for research success. A broad-based curriculum exposes students to a wide range of Clemson faculty with expertise and international reputations.