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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KC Wang standing in hallway with arms crossed.

K.C. Wang appointed to C. Tycho Howle Chair of Collaborative Computing Environments

The position was made possible by the forward-thinking generosity of C. Tycho and Marie Howle. Wang said the position will help him encourage convergence research and put Clemson University on the map as one of the co-inventors of a new internet and its applications.

Martine LaBerge seated in her office.

Bioengineering chair Martine LaBerge receives Dr. Charles Townes Individual Lifetime Achievement Award

LaBerge is credited with building the Department of Bioengineering into a powerhouse of translational research and education that creates the leaders and innovators who are crucial to South Carolina’s life sciences industry.

Students and researchers try on exoskeleton suits

Exoskeletons could make work healthier and safer

Divya Srinivasan, the McQueen Quattlebaum Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering, is leading research into why exoskeletons haven’t flooded the workplace as once expected.

Laura Redmond working on an experiment with students.

Civil engineer Laura Redmond is the Red Planet’s connection to a solid-orange university

Redmond worked as a structural engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory before joining Clemson as an assistant professor. She and her students continue to find inspiration in worlds beyond Earth.

Vanessa Wyche speaking at a podium.

Women’s Roundtable Summit helps create vibrant and inclusive environment

Vanessa Wyche, a college alumna and director of NASA’S Johnson Space Center, was the featured opening speaker, and journalist Soledad O’Brien was the keynote speaker.

Headshots of the five awardees from the ceremony.

Three Clemson University engineers take home InnoVision awards

Martine LaBerge and Naren Vyavahare of the Department of Bioengineering and Srikanth Pilla of the Department of Automotive Engineering, received InnoVision awards in a Nov. 9 ceremony.

Nathan McNeese and a student in their lab.

Nathan McNeese says artificial intelligence could one day be your teammate

McNeese, a Dean’s Professor of Human-Centered Computing, is working to push the frontiers of research into how AI and humans can best work together.

A headshot of Rodrigo Martinez-Duarte

Rodrigo Martinez-Duarte honored for contributions to Latinx community

Martinez-Duarte, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, won the Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month Impact Award in the faculty/staff category.

Matt Morris standing alongside fellow veterans

Matt Morris serves others through leadership in Student Veterans Association

Morris, a mechanical engineering major and Navy veteran, is president of the association’s Clemson chapter. Recent projects include installing a ramp at a veteran’s house.

November 2021

From the Dean

As we return to normal after COVID-19, we want to ensure the college is positioned stronger than ever. Our success is predicated on world-class talent, and to that end, as the banner headlining this newsletter announces, we plan to hire 30 new faculty members this academic cycle. These new hires will represent the best in their fields and support our continuing efforts to create a diverse, inclusive environment in the college.

As this issue highlights, our new hires will join several recent award-winning colleagues. K.C. Wang has been appointed the new C. Tycho Howle Chair of Collaborative Computing Environments, a position that will help him foster collaborative research and establish Clemson University as one of the co-creators of a new version of the internet which is crucial for supporting next-generation technologies. In addition, Martine LaBerge, chair of the bioengineering department, received the well-deserved Dr. Charles Townes Individual Lifetime Achievement Award from InnoVision. She has been instrumental in creating the leaders and innovators who are the backbone of South Carolina’s life sciences industry. Her colleague, Delphine Dean, was awarded the Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Randall M. La Cross Distinguished Leadership Award, and Rodrigo Martinez-Duarte, a faculty member in mechanical engineering, won the Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month Impact Award for his continuous contributions to the Latinx community at Clemson University.

Our commitment to leadership and diversity is further confirmed by Clemson’s partnership with GE in hosting the first Women’s Roundtable Summit where young women in middle school and beyond were encouraged to pursue careers in STEM fields. They heard first-hand from such nationally known and accomplished women as Soledad O’Brien and Vanessa Wyche, one of own graduates who is currently serving as the director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. This summit and our similar activities represent our continuing efforts to create a vibrant and inclusive atmosphere in our college and throughout the University.

This issue also features some of the noteworthy research being conducted in the college. Our faculty are focused on areas ranging from designing foldable robots for easy transport to the moon and Mars to the potential of using exoskeletons to create a safer workplace and the possibilities for artificial intelligence to work alongside humans as an active team member.

Thanksgiving, one of our most meaningful holidays, is next week. And I want to take this opportunity to thank our students, staff and faculty for all their hard work this past year; they have gone above and beyond with exceptional goodwill and cheerfulness. Just as important, I want to express my gratitude to you, our alumni and friends; as always, your support is essential to our success. If you would like to make a contribution, you can click on the “Make a Gift” button below. As always, we are deeply grateful for our support, but most especially at this time of year.

I wish all of you have a very Happy Thanksgiving, one that is filled with family, friends and good food.

Best wishes and stay healthy and safe,


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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