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Creative Inquiry

Creative Inquiry in Industrial Engineering

IE has some faculty who have Creative Inquiry projects that are described on the University Creative Inquiry website and are associated with specific sections of IE 4040, while some faculty utilize the IE 4040 course but do not register their courses with the University Creative Inquiry Office.

Almost no two faculty members run CI in the same way in Industrial Engineering, and there is no expectation that any faculty member will offer a CI opportunity in any semester. Unfortunately, not all students who want an Industrial Engineering CI experience will be able to get one.

Some CI projects have open spaces for the next semester. Some faculty have an application process, some have a “first-come, first serve” policy, and some have an invitation only policy. Some projects require specialized skills / knowledge, while others may be more accessible to students entering the program. Some projects are open to Industrial Engineering majors only while others may accept students from other majors as well. Further, some faculty require a multi-semester commitment while others may have opportunities for single semester projects.

The primary course used in IE for Creative Inquiry is IE 4040. This is a pass/no pass course that can be taken for 1-6 credits.

IE students can use up to 6 credits of IE 4040 for the IE Technical Requirement. Creative Inquiry in other majors cannot be used for the IE Technical Requirement.

(last updated – Nov 30, 2017)


Summer 2018 Courses Accepting Students

Human Performance Engineering: Developing Applications in Sports, Health and Human Machine Interface

Dr. Kevin Taaffe and Dr. Dotan Shvorin

The Human Performance Engineering Research Creative Inquiry would like to welcome undergraduates application for Fall class of 2017 (3 credits technical elective).

Human Performance Engineering Home Page

We are looking for motivated students who are interested in researching certain mechanism of our human capability from an engineering point of view. Students will work in small multi-disciplinary teams where information can be integrated to capture different aspects of performance.    Students will develop skills in the design of experiments, run experiments with human subjects and analyze their performance. This semester we will collaborate with the emergency department located in Greenville Memorial Hospital. 

Students will have the opportunity to represent the Clemson Creative Inquiry program in innovative summits, symposiums and outreach events. The CI team will aim to travel to a conference at the end of the year to present its project achievements.   

Please follow the application material instructions for applying to this research opportunity by clicking here. 

Look up the Q&A document for further information or contact Dr. Shvorin


FAll 2018 Courses Accepting Students

Focusing on Abilities: Adaptive Multimodal Interfaces to Support People with Disabilities in the Workplace

Dr. Sara Riggs

This research project will introduce students to the challenges that people with disabilities experience in finding and maintaining employment and demonstrate how human–computer interaction/human factors offers a potential solution. Specifically, the project will allow students to: (a) recreate the Walgreens detrash workstation; (b) redesign the workstation taking into consideration cognitive and physical ergonomics to support individuals with various disabilities based on material learned in class; (c) design and run studies with ClemsonLIFE students; (d) gather feedback from ClemsonLIFE students and staff; (e) analyze eye tracking data using methods learned in their programming courses; and (f) present the findings at various venues at the local and national level (e.g., Clemson Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium, ACC Meeting of the Minds Undergraduate Research Conference). Contact Dr. Sara Riggs for more information.

Efficacy of Virtual Reality for Operative Pain and Anxiety Management

Dr. Laura Stanley

Research demonstrates that ten percent of the population becomes addicted to opioids from exposure to narcotics in the operative setting. The abuse and addiction from these drugs have now placed the US in the center of an “opioid epidemic”. As a result, a variety of programs and interventions are being explored to treat the pain associated with surgery while minimizing or eliminating the need for opioids. One such “alternative” treatment for pain involves the use of virtual reality (VR) as a primary or adjunct technique. We will achieve this goal by RELIEVE (viRtual rEaLity IntErVEntion), a virtual reality pain management intervention scheme. For more information visit our Human Interaction Lab page or contact Dr. Laura Stanley

Longitudinal Study to Assess Virtual Reality for Pain and Anxiety Management in AYA Cancer Patients

Research at Greenville Health System

Dr. Laura Stanley

In data reviewed from our first year of clinic, over 50% of all AYA cancer patients expressed a need for counseling services. Anxiety and depression are more commonly experienced by young cancer survivors. While anti-depressants, anti-anxiolytics and pain medications certainly have a role in treating young adults with cancer, risk of side effects and potential for addiction or abuse remain. As a result, a variety of programs and interventions are being explored to treat the pain and anxiety associated with cancer treatments. One such “alternative” treatment for pain involves the use of virtual reality (VR) as a primary or adjunct technique. We will achieve this goal by RELIEVE (viRtual rEaLity IntErVEntion), a virtual reality pain management intervention scheme. For more information visit our Human Interaction Lab page or contact Dr. Laura Stanley.

Human Performance Engineering: Developing Applications in Sports, Health and Human Machine Interface

Dr. Kevin Taaffe and Dr. Dotan Shvorin

The Human Performance Engineering Research Creative Inquiry would like to welcome undergraduates application for Fall class of 2017 (3 credits technical elective).

Human Performance Engineering Home Page

We are looking for motivated students who are interested in researching certain mechanism of our human capability from an engineering point of view. Students will work in small multi-disciplinary teams where information can be integrated to capture different aspects of performance.    Students will develop skills in the design of experiments, run experiments with human subjects and analyze their performance. This semester we will collaborate with the emergency department located in Greenville Memorial Hospital. 

Students will have the opportunity to represent the Clemson Creative Inquiry program in innovative summits, symposiums and outreach events. The CI team will aim to travel to a conference at the end of the year to present its project achievements

Please follow the application material instructions for applying to this research opportunity by clicking here. 

Look up the Q&A document for further information or contact Dr. Shvorin