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College of Architecture, Art and Construction

Joe Burgett, Ph.D.

Joe Burgett, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Nieri Department of Construction, Development and Planning
Office: 3-109 Lee Hall
Phone: 864-656-6739

Ph.D. in Design, Construction Science and Planning, University of Florida (2013)

Curriculum Vitae


FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate; APSA BPERP Proctor; Level 3 Thermographer; Licensed General Contractor; US Green Building Council LEED AP; American Institute of Constructors Certified Professional Constructor

Joe “Dr. Drone” Burgett is a tenured faculty member in the Nieri Family Department of Construction Science and Management at Clemson University.  He has been in university-level academics since 2010 and teaches both undergraduate and graduate-level courses. By trade, Dr. Burgett is a General Contractor and has spent many years teaching online courses for the trade unions.  His primary area of research is in applied drone technology and has worked extensively with the SCDOT.  His research area focuses heavily on using UAS technology for bridge inspections and creating 3-D models to support field operations.  He has published multiple peer-reviewed articles on UAS technology, including titles such as “Accuracy of Drone Image Based Volumetric Surveys,” “A Data-Driven Flight Proficiency Benchmark for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Curriculum at Two-Year Institutions of Higher Education,” and “Status of Drone Education in Construction Management Programs at 2-year Community Colleges.” Dr. Burgett was named Clemson University’s 2018 Master Teacher, the University’s highest teaching honor.  He is the Founding President and Director of the South Carolina Interagency Drone Users Consortium (SCiDUC).  SCiDUC is the state’s only 501c3 nonprofit drone association exclusive to South Carolina government agencies.  Dr. Burgett is also an accomplished speaker.  He is a familiar presenter for the Associated Schools of Construction, Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), and for the National Highway Administration. 

Teaching Focus
Teach several applied drone technology courses to undergraduate students, graduate students and industry professionals.  He also teaches undergraduate environmental systems I and II (HVAC, Plumbing, Fire Protection and Electrical) and a graduate-level green construction course.

Clemson Applied Technology Lab
The Clemson Applied Technology Laboratory (CAT Lab) is a research division in the Nieri Department of Construction Real Estate and Development. Its purpose is to enhance Clemson University's research capabilities by developing applied technologies that improve professional workflows. The lab specializes in researching UAS in the built environment and spearheading practical application of artificial intelligence (AI) large language models (LLM). Dr. Burgett serves as the CAT Lab's director. Click here for more information.

Professional Development Courses
Dr. Burgett teaches several online professional development courses on drone technology through Clemson Online. Industry professionals can earn their Part 107 FAA license, APSA flight proficiency certificate and become a level 1 UAS thermographer. Click here for more information.

Research Focus
Construction technology with a focus in unmanned aerial systems (drones), photogrammetry and modeling.

Service Focus
President and Director of the South Carolina Interagency Drone Users Consortium (SCiDUC), faculty advisor for the Associated General Contractors of America student chapter and a member of the American Institute of Constructors.

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