Top Stories from the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
Top Stories from the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
The Deep Orange 12 car sitting outside of CUICAR

Talent times 10

Nine junior faculty members have received CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation, and and one has secured an Early Career Research grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

A GE Foundation student

GE Foundation launches Next Engineers program in Greenville

The college’s PEER & WISE program is collaborating with GE to lead Next Engineers for the Greenville area, an effort aimed at diversifying the pipeline of talent from academia to the workplace.

Jesus de la Garza standing in front of Lowry Hall

Jesus M. de la Garza honored for more than 30 years of excellence in civil engineering

de la Garza, who serves as chair of the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering, received the Outstanding Projects And Leaders (OPAL) Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Chenning Tong writing on a white board

Answers to turbulence questions could be blowing in the wind

A new collaborative project led by Chenning Tong could answer questions about atmospheric turbulence that have confounded researchers for decades while laying the groundwork for advances in fields ranging from wind energy and weather forecasting to air pollution control.

A headshot of new chair, Kevin Taaffe

Kevin Taaffe appointed chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering

Taaffe, who joined Clemson in 2004, was named interim chair in December 2020 and recently had the interim tag removed from his title.

Kumar Venayagamoorthy sitting in front of several montors.

Kumar Venayagamoorthy elected Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association

Venayagamoorthy serves as Clemson’s Duke Energy Distinguished Professor of Power Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Headshots of the five awardees from the ceremony.

Five alumni receive high honors from College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

Larry Dooley, Sean L. Jones and Jane McLamarrah are the newest members of the Thomas Green Clemson Academy of Engineers and Scientists, while Josiah Hester and Nathan H. Kwan were recognized as Outstanding Young Alumni.

Three scientists working in the lab.

Upgrading to Industry 4.0

Clemson University engineers are leading a statewide group that will help manufacturers modernize machinery and develop a workforce to operate it as part of a project researchers said could boost South Carolina’s economy, create high-tech jobs and become a model for the nation.

Guo Freeman standing in an outdoor setting

Could social virtual reality change the nature of online harassment?

Guo Freeman has launched new research aimed at better understanding the characteristics of online harassment in social virtual reality and what technologies can be developed to combat it.

Ashok Mishra standing in an outdoor setting

Periods of extreme heat to increase, study finds

Ashok Mishra, co-author of the new study, is calling for better communication among policymakers, stakeholders and researchers to prepare for the worst of the impacts.

Dean Anand Gramopadhye in the Watt Family Innovation Center

Anand Gramopadhye elected Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Gramopadhye, the dean of the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, is among the newest Fellows of the world’s largest society for the human factors and ergonomics profession.

October 2021

From the Dean

It is near the end of October, and we are more than halfway through the fall semester. This academic year is off to a good start, and it is nice to see the campus busy again with our traditional fall activities. I appreciate how resilient our student, faculty and staff have been over the past few months. We have much to celebrate, and this issue highlights some of our successes.

We have a rich history of collaboration with GE, and two of our joint programs are highlighted in this issue. Earlier this month, GE announced the launch of Next Engineers, a global college-readiness program for underrepresented students in the 8th through 12th grades. Designed to introduce these students to the potential of an engineering career, it will work in conjunction with the college’s PEER & WISE programs. Just a few hours after this announcement, we celebrated our recipients of the GE John Lammas Annual Scholarship, which supports underrepresented college undergraduates majoring in engineering.

Also highlighted in this issue are several of our outstanding faculty. Over the past year, nine junior faculty members have received CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation; one has secured an Early Career Research Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and Jesus M. de la Garza, chair of the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering, recently received the 2021 Outstanding Projects And Leaders (OPAL) Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The number and caliber of these awards are a testament to the scholarship and creativity of our faculty, from the junior level to those like Dr. de la Garza with more than 30 years of experience. This recognition, coupled with our collaboration with GE, speaks to our success in creating a pipeline from middle school to academia and beyond of the diverse talent needed to address today’s challenges.

To recruit and retain this top talent requires world-class facilities. That is why I am pleased to report that in their fall meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the concept phase of the Advanced Materials Innovation Complex. This building will be the new home for the materials science and engineering department and co-located with select chemistry and chemical and biomolecular engineering programs.

These success stories and our college’s wide-ranging impact are only possible because of you, our alumni and friends, and your generous support. If you wish to make a contribution to help us continue our efforts, you can click the “Make a Gift” button at the bottom of this newsletter. Know that, as always, your support is deeply appreciated.

Be safe, stay healthy, and 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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