Top Stories from the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
Top Stories from the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
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Clemson University to launch nation’s first Bachelor of Science degree program in automotive engineering

The new program solidifies Clemson’s position as the premier University for automotive engineering research and education in the Southeast and beyond and adds to the offerings at its award-winning Greenville campus, the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research.

A portrait of Vanessa Wyche

Vanessa Wyche elected to National Academy of Engineering

Wyche, who holds two engineering degrees from Clemson and is director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, received one of the highest professional distinctions reserved for engineers.

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Bioengineers highlighted in Black History Month celebration

The Clemson University Research Foundation celebrated Black History Month by highlighting the work of two bioengineers, Angela Alexander-Bryant and Jordon Gilmore, both assistant professors.

Jeremy Mercuri in his lab with assistants.

Bioengineer appointed to leadership positions in partnerships with Prisma Health

Jeremy Mercuri, the John Witherspoon Gilpin, M.D. ’82 Endowed Associate Professor, is the new deputy director of the Clemson University Biomedical Engineering Innovation Campus and faculty fellow in the Clemson University School of Health Research.

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Postdoctoral fellow Cherice Hill launches career at Clemson University

Hill, a postdoctoral fellow in bioengineering, said that she has wanted to work in higher education since she was first introduced to research in high school, and the funding is helping her make the transition to a tenure-track faculty position.

Group photo with alumnus Ben Dysart.

Endowed fellowship honors distinguished environmental engineering and Earth sciences professor

The late Ben Dysart served as Environmental Protection Agency adviser and beloved mentor and friend to some of Clemson’s brightest graduate students.

Brian Powell accepting his award in the Carilon Garden.

Brian Powell wins Class of ’39 Award for Excellence

Powell, the Fjeld Professor in Nuclear Environmental Engineering and Science, was recognized for his service to Clemson University, the student body and the larger community.

The Coopers attend a Clemson Football game.

Shining a light on others

Charles and Rhonda Cooper’s future gift will establish the Charles and Rhonda Cooper Scholarship Endowment and the Charles and Rhonda Cooper Endowed Graduate Fellowship, both for the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences.

A laser array creates the image of a Tiger Paw.

Five ways that lasers highlight Clemson University’s leadership in engineering and science

Some lasers shine more intensely than the sun, while others can make things cold, drill the tiniest of holes, defend against missile attacks and help self-driving cars “see.” Those are just a few examples — and all have been the subject of research at Clemson.


Virtual reality is ‘mind-blowing’ but even better when shared with other people, researchers find

The early adopters of mass-market virtual reality headsets are working together to display their art, organize work meetings and play a host of games like paintball and dodgeball according to researchers in Clemson University’s School of Computing.

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Clemson University team joins consortium for nuclear forensics

Nicole Martinez and Brian Powell, both from the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, are among three faculty members leading Clemson’s participation in the consortium.

February 2023

From the Dean

February is Black History Month, a time when we recognize and pay tribute to the contributions African Americans have made to this country, and in this issue, we celebrate the accomplishments of African American engineers, computer scientists and geologists, among them college alumna Vanessa Wyche, who was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Wyche, who holds two Clemson engineering degrees, is the first African American director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

This issue also features our new Bachelor of Science degree in automotive engineering. The first such degree in the nation, it will address the needs of this rapidly evolving industry as it moves from the internal combustion engine to electric and autonomous vehicles. Its multidisciplinary curriculum, which builds on our successful graduate program, will emphasize experiential learning, preparing our graduates to be the future leaders in the automotive industry and further cementing Clemson’s reputation as one of the nation’s premier educational and research universities in this field. We will welcome our first cohort of students this fall.

Also in this newsletter, we highlight our award-winning faculty as well as the innovative research being conducted in the college that addresses some of our most critical issues in healthcare, clean energy and national defense. Our researchers are developing powerful lasers that can defend against missile attacks; improving our treatment of TMJ, a painful jaw condition; setting the stage for the future of virtual reality; and advancing nuclear forensics. This research and other projects not only advance our knowledge in these crucial areas but also provide cutting-edge educational experiences for our students.

We also celebrated Engineers Week from Feb. 19-25. Referred to as Eweek, it is dedicated to raising awareness about the positive impact engineers have on quality of life. PEER & WISE collaborated with the National Society of Black Engineers to mark the week with several activities, including an engineering trivia bowl and a STEM panel and mixer.

Finally, this issue recognizes the recent gifts from our alumni and friends. Without such support none of the accomplishments featured here would be possible, as you are a crucial part of our success. If you would like to make a donation to help our college continue to create the next generation of leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs, you can click on the “Make a Gift” button below. Know that we appreciate each and every donation.

Go Tigers!

Anand K. Gramopadhye, Dean

IDEAS Monthly is published by the PROMO Office in Clemson University’s College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences. Contact the team with feedback or story suggestions.
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