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German Professional Conference


German in the Professions Series   

German Alumni Panel

14 October 2021



Due to the pandemic, we are holding off again this year in bringing alumni and members of the business community to our campus.  However, thanks to video conferencing technology we are happy to bring in alumni from Germany and the Carolinas to talk about their experiences with the German language both at the university and in the workplace.

To be added to our Zoom meeting, please contact  Lee Ferrell (, BMW Senior Lecturer of German. 

 brett ellis

Brett Ellis

  • Co-coordinator, Department of Languages and Intercultural Communication, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Kleve, Germany
  • Major in German as a Modern Language, Minor in Russian Studies, graduated in 2008
  • About me:  I completed the CLIP program in 2005, was a foreign language assistant through the Fulbright Program in 2008-2009 in Droyßig, Germany, and completed a M.A. in Translation Studies at Universität Leipzig in 2013.
Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming

  • Manufacturing Engineer, BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC, (Greer, SC)
  • Major: German and International Trade (Business), 2014
  • contact information:
  • About me: Ian lives in Greenville, SC with his wife, Madeline (Clemson 2014), and two sons, Ian Jr. and Leo. He enjoys coming back to Clemson for football games and to play golf at the Walker Course with his father, Dave Fleming, Managing Director of the Walker Course, Conference Center & Inn.
Rachael Risinger

Rachael Risinger

  • Audit Associate at Bauknight Pietras & Stormer, P.A. in Columbia, SC
  • Accounting Major, German Minor, December 2019
  • Contact:
  • About me:  I enjoy using my language skills to further my career path in the accounting industry.
Eric Seawell

Eric Seawell

  • Purchasing Manager North America – Bosch Rexroth Corporation – Fountain Inn, SC
  • Major: German and International Business (class of ’95)
  • Contact information:
  • About me:  Currently reside in Upstate, South Carolina with my wife, 2 Chocolate Labs, and two children, both currently undergrad students at Clemson.  I have and continue to utilize my German language skills professionally and socially on a daily basis.
Erika Stromberg

Erika Stromberg

  • Partner at Triad Sales, LLC in Greer, SC
  • Major: Mathematical Sciences, Minor: German Language, 2009 & Major: Business Management 2015
  • Email:, phone: 864-313-5311 (cell)
  • About me:  I was fortunate enough to learn German growing up and I still maintain my relationships with my friends and family that still live there.  For work, I get to go to Germany every three years for one of the world’s biggest trade shows, the K-Show.  I am married with two dogs – a bull terrier and husky/black lab mix.  In my free time, I’m outdoors hiking, kayaking, or gardening and growing our own food
Andrea Wiggins

Andrea Wiggins

  • Customs and Export Control Analyst, BMW Manufacturing Co., Greer, SC
  • Major:  German Language and Literature,   Minor: Business Administration 2019
  • Contact Info: 
  • About me:  International liaison for BMW specializing in customs and export control analysis, with a passion for German language, literature and culture.



Previous conferences:

Alumni Panel Discussion.  22 October 2020.  12:00-1:15PM

Invited alumni: 

German Professional Conference 2019
“German Language Study and Your Career: Internships and Study Abroad"
October 9, 2019

Sessions run from 10:00AM-4:00PM, Hendrix Ballrooms A&B

Hosted by the Clemson German Professional Society and the Department of Languages and German Program at Clemson University

Sponsored by the Department of Languages, UAS7 German Universities of Applied Sciences, Draexlmaier Automotive Group,  Ivannovation Language Management, IFA Rotorion, And Hofmann Services 

Participating Companies:
Adidas, BMW Manufacturing Company, Bosch Rexroth, Context Design Group, Draexlmaier Automotive, Hofmann Services, Human Solution, IFA Rotorion, Ivannovation Language Management, Robert Bosch, UAS7, ZF Transmissions 

Photos from 2019

2019 German Professional Conference

German Professional Conference 2018
“Business, Engineering, and Consulting in the Upstate"
October 10, 2018

Hosted by the Clemson German Professional Society and The German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States

Sponsored by the Department of Languages

Participating Companies:
Adidas, Bosch Rexroth, BMW Manufacturing Company, Draexlmaier Automotive, Fehrer Automotive, German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Hofmann Services, Ingenics Corporation, P3, Roedl, Langford de Kock, tesa tape, ZF Transmissions

Photos from 2018

2018 German Professional Conference

Photos from 2017

2017 German Professional Conference