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Top faculty members honored in awards ceremony

Friday October 04, 2019

It’s always a special time when some of South Carolina’s brightest minds gather in one place, but an Oct. 4 ceremony just off Lake Hartwell was especially notable for the Clemson University College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences. Eight faculty members received awards and several others were recognized for tenure, promotions and other achievements. […]


Students compete in ‘Insight @ BMW’ poster contest

Friday October 04, 2019

Erik Antonio, a graduate student in materials science and engineering at Clemson University, won the poster contest at “Insight @ BMW,” an Automotive Circle Conference in Greenville. The contest was organized by Laine Mears, the BMW SmartState Chair in Automotive Manufacturing at Clemson University. Antonio’s poster was titled, “Solving adhesive problems in 3D printed structures.” […]


Two from college receive endowed chair medallions

Tuesday August 20, 2019

The 2019-20 academic year began on a high note on Aug. 19, as Amy Apon and Mark Johnson received their endowed chair medallions in Littlejohn Coliseum’s Burton Gallery.  Apon is the C. Tycho Howle Director of the School of Computing, and Johnson is the Thomas F. Hash ‘69 SmartState Endowed Chair in Sustainable Development.  Endowed […]


Good turns daily

Thursday July 18, 2019

As Oscar Wilde famously penned, “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” Professor J.C. “Mike” Hubbard was without doubt a man who truly lived a life that overflowed with achievement, kindness and dedication. As a lifelong educator, his academic journey began at Clemson University as a student […]


Top students lauded in awards ceremony

Friday April 12, 2019

Some of the best and brightest students in the Clemson University College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences were lauded Thursday in an awards ceremony at the Madren Conference Center. Family, friends and faculty members clapped for students as they accepted Tiger paw-emblazoned plaques and then posed for photos with the college’s dean, Anand Gramopadhye. […]


Sarah Sandler heads to graduation as a published researcher and world traveler

Monday April 08, 2019

Sarah Sandler has conducted research in two countries, presented her findings to an international audience and seen her work published in a peer-reviewed journal. The list sounds like the accomplishments of a graduate student, but the Clemson University senior is still a month away from claiming her Bachelor of Science in materials science and engineering. […]


Igor Luzinov awarded Kentwool Distinguished Professorship in Natural Fibers

Monday February 18, 2019

Igor Luzinov of Clemson University Monday became the first recipient of the Kentwool Distinguished Professorship in Natural Fibers, an honor named for a 176-year-old textile company that remains committed to innovation and excellence in natural fibers, specifically wool. A $250,000 gift from Kentwool in 2009 enabled Clemson to receive a matching gift from the lottery-funded SmartState program creating the endowment that made the professorship possible. Kentwool is headquartered in downtown Greenville, South Carolina, and has a 135,000-square-foot yarn production plant in Pickens County.

 MSE Research Group Has Article Published in Advanced Materials

Advanced Materials

Congratulations to Dr. Kai He and his research group on the publication of their article in Advanced Materials entitled “Orientation-Dependent Intercalation Channels for Lithium and Sodium in Black Phosphorus”.  The article was authored by Sungkyu Kim, Jiang Cui, Vinayak Dravid, and Kai He.  You can read the article at the link below.


MSE Welcomes New Associate Professor Dr. Ming Tang

Ming Tang

Materials Science & Engineering welcomes Dr. Ming Tang as a new Associate Professor.  Before joining Clemson in August of 2019, he was a staff scientist (2010-2019) in the Materials Science and Technology Division at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM. From 2006 to 2009, he worked as a Seaborg Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at LANL. He received his Ph.D. in 2006 from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Materials Science and Engineering.

Dr. Tang has been an experimental researcher in the field of materials science for about 19 years; investigating processing-structure-property in ceramics, glasses, and metals, in bulk, thin-film, and composite forms. His research interests are primarily in the areas of radiation damage effects, corrosion behavior, and microstructure of materials, especially materials in extreme environments.  Currently, his research focuses on highly radiation tolerant, thermally stable, and chemically durable materials.  These materials have potential application as advanced nuclear energy systems.

Significant Impact of NSF Funded MADE in SC Project with Deep Engagement of the Department

Women working in Lab

In 2017, a team of researchers from 10 universities across the state received a $20 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to establish a new initiative: Materials Assembly and Design Excellence in South Carolina, or MADE in SC (

“The vision of MADE in SC is to discover and establish new and sustainable approaches for the design and assembly of advanced materials that serve South Carolina’s STEM research, education and workforce needs, and to invigorate economic development,” says Rajendra Bordia, professor of the materials science and engineering department at Clemson University, and the Co-PI and Scientific Director for the statewide program.

Over five years, Clemson will receive $5.9 million of the grant, and will hire five new faculty members; support, on average, 12 new doctoral students per year working with 17 faculty members from six departments; and invest in new equipment for materials research.  Three new faculty members have been recruited and one of them, Dr. Kimberly Weirich, will join MSE in January 2020.

The scientific focus is in four thrust areas:

  • discovering and developing new optical and magnetic materials for next-generation information and computing systems;
  • responsive polymers, new materials that interact and respond to the environment like “self-healing” materials and paints, and light weight low cost sensors;
  • interactive biomaterials that interact with the human body, such as new coatings for joint implants and materials for tissue engineering and regeneration; and
  • building infrastructure for computational modeling to accelerate materials research and development.

In two years, the project has had a significant impact.  Over 30 papers have been published with support from this project in journals with an average impact factor of 5.64; across the state, approximately 60 faculty members, more than 25 graduate students and 40 UG students are working on the project; and a multitude of new collaborations have been initiated including several significant proposals.

The MSE Department is a leader in this state wide effort.  In addition to Bordia serving as the Scientific Director, professors Foulger and Urban are serving as thrust leaders.  Other faculty members contributing to the project are Kornev, Kuksenok, Luzinov, Mefford, and Schiller.  Typically the project supports the research of 8 to 10 graduate students every semester in the Department. 

The project is also helping the Department strengthen its ties to local industrial partners.  MADE in SC’s Industrial Engagement and Advisory Board  has members from AVX, Boeing, GE Michelin, Miliken, Poly-Med, and Tetramer.

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