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Innovation often occurs when experts from different fields work together on a common topic or problem. The College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences has a unique administrative structure that creates a dynamic framework for cross-disciplinary research and collaboration. The college’s corporate and government partners are engaged through centers and institutes on the main campus, and with Clemson’s innovation campuses across the state.

Clemson is classified as one of the nation’s most active research institutions (Carnegie Basic Classification R1 – Highest Research Activity).

Clemson’s College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences is applying the concept to a broad spectrum of its research efforts. Technology transfer improves the quality of life through the practical application of engineering and scientific advances, and through the economic impacts that result from the process. Historically, “translational research” applied primarily to health sciences. The term described advances that could be quickly “translated” from the lab bench to the bedside, improving practices and positively impacting patient outcomes.

Centers, Institutes, and Innovation Campuses

Clemson’s approach to economic development through public-private collaboration and innovation is transforming the face of translational research. The College’s centers, institutes, and innovation campuses provide a rich environment where the University’s faculty, staff, and students can interact with researchers from private-industry partners.

The four innovation campuses

In addition to Innovation Centers, Clemson is part of the South Carolina Smartstate Program that creates incentives for endowments and professorships at higher educational learning institutes in the state.