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Honors and Awards

Recognize Achievements

Recognize Achievements

The outstanding graduate students in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences are often recognized for their achievements in research, teaching and other academic endeavors.

2014-2015

College Award Winners

Outstanding Graduate Researcher, given to the graduate students who have been recognized by faculty for conducting outstanding research throughout the academic year.

Margo Petukh (Physics and Astronomy, PhD) & Tim Olsen (Bioengineering, PhD)

Outstanding Graduate TA, given to two graduate teaching assistants who have been recognized by faculty, students, and fellow graduate teaching assistants as exemplary in undergraduate teaching

Sarah Anderson (Mathematical Sciences) and Christine Duval (Chemical Engineering)

Fellowships and Grants

Mizanur Rahman (Civil Engineering, PhD) received a USDOT Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Transportation Fellowship, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) M Fellowship (DDETF) is to attract the nation’s brightest minds to the field of transportation and advance transportation workforce development. He was selected for this highly competitive fellowship on the basis of his academic achievements, recommendations, and likelihood for pursuit of a career in transportation. Mr. Rahman is also a previous recipient of the M.S. Eisenhower Graduate Transportation Fellowship for the academic year 2012-2013.

Joshua Mitchell (Civil Engineering, MS) received a USDOT Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Transportation Fellowship, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for academic year 2014-2015. The mission of the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship (DDETF) is to attract the nation’s brightest minds to the field of transportation and advance transportation workforce development.  He was selected for this highly competitive fellowship on the basis of his academic achievements, recommendations, and likelihood for pursuit of a career in transportation.

Breanne Przestrzelski (Bioengineering, PhD) was named a Fellow by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter), which is funded by the National Science Foundation as a partnership between Stanford University and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance.

Gregory Wright (Bioengineering, PhD), and Jonathan Kuo (Bioengineering, PhD) of Dr. Hai Yao’s lab were awarded the NIH F31 training grant by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to for studies involving the human temporomandibular joint.

Allison Godwin (Engineering & Science Education, PhD) received an apprentice Faculty Grant from the American Society for Engineering Education Educational Research and Methods Division. This award is for students and junior faculty who have demonstrated commitment to innovation in teaching and/or have the potential for substantial contributions to engineering education.

Dylan Richards (Bioengineering, PhD), a student in Dr. Ying Mei’s lab, has been awarded a T32 pre-doctoral training grant the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The grant, which will support training to improve cardiovascular therapies, is renewable.

Breanne Przestrzelski (Bioengineering, PhD) was named a Fellow by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter), which is funded by the National Science Foundation as a partnership between Stanford University and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance.

Internships and Exchange Program

D. Ross Economy (Materials Science & Engineering, PhD), has been selected as a 2014 recipient of the Austrian Marshall Plan scholarship. He will be working on high temperature property measurement of nanolaminates under the supervision Prof. Megan Cordill for 12 weeks at the University of Leoben.   Details

Erin Partlan (Environmental Engineering & Science, PhD) was accepted into NSF's East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Program for Summer 2014. She will be working in Japan at Hokkaido University with Dr. Yoshihiko Matsui in the Division of Environmental Engineering. Erin will continue her PhD research on membranes and adsorbents for trace contaminant removal in water treatment.

George Fercana (Bioengineering, PhD) was awarded a place in the 2013 summer Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. students sponsored by the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, America’s Research Hospital. Details.

Competitions

A device designed by Eric Lucas (Bioengineering, PhD) has been chosen as a top-10 finalist in the Dare-to-Dream Medtech Design Challenge sponsored by the trade magazine Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI). Mr. Lucas’s device, The Engage Knee System, is a knee replacement that can be selectively locked in extension by patients with weakened knees and instability.

Even Skjervold (Bioengineering, MS/MBA), an advisee of Dr. Sarah Harcum, was awarded First Place in the EnterPrize Award competition for his SouthYeast Labs business plan and presentation.  

Suzanne Tabbaa (Bioengineering, PhD) won the 2nd place judges' award and the 1st place audience award in the Society For Biomaterials International Business Plan Competition held at the Society’s Annual Meeting. Her plan described translation to market of a breast cancer diagnostic developed at Clemson.

Shamama Afnan (Electrical Engineering, MS) was chosen as a Fall 2013 Linguistics Data Consortium (LDC) Data Scholarship program recipient. The program provides college students with data resources for use in their thesis or dissertation research. Shamama has been awarded a copy of NIST Speaker Recognition Training and Test data for her work in speaker recognition.

Andrea Gil (Electrical Engineering, PhD), and Pablo Sauras (Automotive Engineering, PhD) collaborated on two proposals to SAP and Chevrolet’s 2013 Global Connected Car Contest and won the contest in both categories - Parking solution and Food solution. This summer, they will go to Palo Alto, CA to meet with the SAP and Chevrolet teams to work for a week to develop their ideas.

Yu Fu (Computer Engineering, MS) and Benafsh Husain (Electrical Engineering, MS) along with four undergraduate ECE and Computer Science students, were part of the Clemson University Cyber Defense club, which took first place in the state-wide Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition this April. The teams were provided with a malconfigured business network at the start of the competition and were challenged to properly reconfigure the network, add new services, and respond to additional requirements, all the while defending against a disruption team of volunteers.

Conference Proceedings and Presentations

Meng Zhang (Chemical Engineering, PhD), received first prize of $750 in the poster competition at the Automotive Composites Conference (ACCE), Society of Plastics Engineers. Meng was the unanimous choice of the judges for her poster entitled "Carbon Fibers Derived from Sustainable Precursors."

R. Glenn Hepfer (Bioengineering, PhD) was awarded best paper presentation in CORNEA Crosslinking at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. His research focus is treatment for keratoconus, a disease in which a weakened cornea protrudes into a conical shape, reducing visual acuity.

Margarita Arcila-Velez (Chemical Engineering, PhD) received a 2013 SACNAS Student Presentation Award for her exemplary presentation at the SACNAS conference in San Antonio, Texas.    Her work was titled, “Enhanced Charge Storage Capacity of Conducting Polymer Electrodes by the Entrapment of P-Benzoquinone.”    

Yu Gu (Materials Science & Engineering, PhD)  received 1st prize in the 2013 Fiber Society Student Paper Competition for his paper “Fiber-based probes: flexing and manipulating with fibers using magnetic field” at the 2013 Meeting of the Fiber Society.  Details

Jovan Popovic (Environmental Engineering & Science, Ph.D) was awarded a "Best Student Paper Award" at the 2013 Association for Environmental Health Sciences (AEHS) Annual Conference on Contaminated Soil, Sediment, Water, and Energy, His presentation was entitled Butanol Hyper-production and Increased Consumption of Major Lignocellulosic Constituent (Xylose) Through Unbalanced Fermentations in Clostridia.  

Colby Thrash (Hydrogeology, MS) won an award for the Best Student Paper in the Hydrology Division at the Fall 2103 Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.  Colby’s paper was entitled, Monitoring Changes in Soil Water Content Using Subsurface Displacement, and it was coauthored with Savannah Miller, a Geology undergraduate who was participating in the CI Program

Christopher Tate Beasley (Computer Engineering, MS) won 2nd place in the 2014 Power Systems Conference Student Paper Awards in March 2014.

2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Award Winners

  • Matthew Byrd (ECE)
  • Mary Kate Showers (BioE)
  • Michael Stoner (CE)
  • Elizabeth Wheeler (CE)

Honorable Mentions:

  • Jason Anderson (CpSc)
  • Aubrey Lawson (CpSc)