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Research with Impact

Female in safety glasses in lab with scopeCECAS students have the opportunity to engage in research at all levels of their academic journey. As undergraduates, students can participate in Creative Inquiry, a program unique to Clemson where a faculty mentor leads team-based investigations. Graduate and postdoctoral students collaborate with faculty, industry partners, government officials and state-of-the-art facilities to solve the world's pressing problems and move the industry forward. Interdisciplinary collaboration among college faculty also helps the University gain formal recognition as a research institute.

Translational Research

The engineers and scientists at our campuses are conducting translational research - research that seeks to produce applicable results and discoveries that can be quickly and efficiently "translated" into human practice. The four thrusts of the college's translational research are:

  1. Next-Gen Computing
  2. Future Materials
  3. Health Innovation and Human Performance
  4. Sustainable Environment

Read more about these emphasis areas and our research goals in the college's Strategic Plan.

Research Links

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Research Facilities

The College utilizes many world-class facilities in its day-to-day research. These facilities include institute facilities located on the main campus and across South Carolina.

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Centers & Institutes

Research is fundamentally important in the College. As a Carnegie R1 research institution, faculty are able to stay at the cutting edge of science and technology.

Endowed Recognition

Endowed Faculty

Endowed faculty positions enhance our college to potential candidates and provide stipends to members for research, travel, and professional development.

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Grants Management

The CECAS Grants Management office oversees the post-award administration of sponsored projects funded from external sources.

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Proposal Development

The Proposal Development office is a decentralized, service-oriented unit that assists faculty with pre-awards activities, including compliance and budget development.

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Open Faculty Positions

We seek excellent teachers and researchers who embrace convergence research. It's a great time to be a Clemson Tiger. Explore our open faculty positions here.

The Associate Dean for Research

Dan Noneaker

The Associate Dean for Research (ADR) oversees research within the college. This office includes proposal development: pre-award, grant management: post-award, and postdoctoral support offices and their functions. The ADR provides oversight of the college’s research centers, alliances, and institutes and facilitates research activities for the college by identifying and cultivating exploratory opportunities.

DR. DANIEL NONEAKER joined Clemson in 1993 as an assistant professor and rose through the ranks to become chair of the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2014. The department’s research expenditures grew from $5.5 million to $9.7 million during his tenure as department chair. He oversaw the hiring of 15 faculty members, including 2 for named professorships and 2 for endowed chairs. Noneaker received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. His chief research interest is in mobile wireless communications systems.

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Tracy Dodson

General Inquiries

Tracy Dodson
Administrative Coordinator for the Associate Dean's Office
Office: 117 Riggs Hall
Phone: 864-656-3201

Clemson University
Associate Dean for Research
Riggs Hall/433 Calhoun Drive
Clemson, SC 29634

CECAS Research News

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Innovation Campuses

World-class facilities and state-of-the-art technology assist researchers in determining how to address the issues facing the planet today. Some of the leading research ideas focus on advanced materials, energy, transportation, big data, and health innovation.

These facilities include 4 innovation campuses distributed across the state.


Areas of Research Strength

As part of the Clemson Elevate plan, a focus is placed on key research areas.

  • Advanced Materials
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Renewable Energy Systems 
  • Vehicle Subsystems & Autonomy
  • Sensor Devices & Systems
  • Nuclear Materials & Remediation
  • Photonic Devices & Systems
  • Machine Learning & AI
  • Biomechanics & Biomaterials
  • Simulation & Scientific Visualization

Building Success

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Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Combining Robotics and Medicine

An ambitious project with Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation combines robotics and medicine to ensure sterility, quality, safety, and pharmaceutical manufacturing efficiency. Clemson and Nephron are at the forefront of a more significant trend shaping pharmaceutical manufacturing today. The integration of automation, AI, and robotics is catalyzing the industry, and rising demand paired with major market disruptions is accelerating change.

Accelerating Change

Enhancing Cybersecurity

Securing Global Manufacturing

Clemson University researchers will play a leading role in teaching the nation’s manufacturers how to protect themselves from cyberattacks as a new partnership with the Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CyManII) has formed. CyManII will work to introduce a cybersecure energy-ROI that drives U.S. manufacturers and supply chains to further adopt secure, energy-efficient approaches, ultimately securing and sustaining the nation’s leadership in global manufacturing competitiveness.

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