Top Stories from the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
Top Stories from the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
Pictured left to right, Rebecca Copenhaver DeLegge, Craig Fallon, Robert Fjeld, Diana Chen, Adam Kirn and Mary Katherine Watson

Six receive major honors from College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

Picured from left, Rebecca Copenhaver DeLegge, Craig Fallon and Robert Fjeld were inducted into the Thomas Green Clemson Academy of Engineers and Scientists, while Diana Chen, Adam Kirn and Mary Katherine Watson were honored as Outstanding Young Alumni.

A junior engineer observes plant activities.

A consortium to create the next-generation of innovation and talent for the electric vehicle industry

The unprecedented need to develop a workforce that can build and service electric and autonomous vehicles and develop the cybersecurity to protect them is the driving force behind a new consortium based in South Carolina.

Kevin Taaffe seated outside Freeman Hall.

Industrial engineering’s Kevin Taaffe recognized for outstanding leadership

Taaffe, the chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering, has been selected to receive The Fellow Award from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, an honor that puts him in the highest class of membership.

Research Awardees group shot.

CECAS sweeps Researcher of the Year awards

Brian Powell was named Clemson University Researcher of the Year, and Nathan McNeese was Junior Researcher of the Year. Powell is Fjeld Professor in Nuclear Environmental Engineering and Science, and McNeese is a CECAS Dean’s Assistant Professor.

A family enjoys a VR presentation at the 2022 Artisphere exhibit.

Thousands visit Clemson University’s STEAM Exhibit in Artisphere’s 18th year

The thousands of people who visited Clemson University’s STEAM Exhibit May 6-8 found 13 attractions ranging from a concrete 3D printer to a virtual reality deep-sea dive, as Artisphere returned to downtown Greenville for its 18th year.

Marek Urban works in his lab.

Self-repairing hose developed by Marek Urban’s group could help diversify fuel supply

Urban, who has created self-healing materials for more than 20 years, has turned his talents on a hose that would be used to pump hydrogen.

An environmental headshot of Michael Smith

Michael Smith receives Fulbright scholarship

Smith, a biosystems engineering major in the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, is the first Clemson student to receive the Fulbright Czech Republic English Teaching Assistant Award.

A headshot of Jennifer Ogle.

Jennifer Ogle blazes a trail for others to follow

Ogle, the acting chair of the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering, won this year’s Gender Equity Champion Award from the Clemson University Commission on Women.

A group shot of the 2022 CECAS Student Awardees.

Top students honored by College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

Eleven of the college’s best and brightest students gathered at the Madren Conference Center with family and friends and received awards recognizing scholarship, leadership, service, teaching and other factors.

May 2022

From the Dean

Earlier this month, I had the honor of congratulating this year’s graduates as they received their diplomas. These students deserve special recognition. When they first arrived on campus four years ago, they had no idea what was in store for them. Now they have successfully earned their college degrees. We commend them not only for their academic achievements but also their resilience and resolve as well as the dedication of their parents and families and their mentors and faculty. They exemplify the best of the human spirit in their persistence in overcoming challenges to achieve success.

At the close of this academic year, we also honored our outstanding students, faculty, alumni and staff who received awards for their leadership, scholarship and service to the college, the University and beyond. They are a credit to this institution, and I extend my wholehearted congratulations to these award winners.

I had the opportunity to speak with several of these award-winning students at our annual Honors & Awards ceremony, and I am impressed by their accomplishments and goals. Several graduated this month and are headed to jobs with major companies or have decided to pursue graduate degrees. Some have opportunities to study abroad, and others are returning to the college in the fall to finish their undergraduate degrees. All of these award winners are the leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs of the future, and we will need their creativity and ingenuity to solve the challenges of the 21st century.

These outstanding students follow in the footsteps of the three newest members of the Thomas Green Clemson Academy of Engineers and Scientists and our three newest Outstanding Young Alumni. All are well-deserving, inspirational professionals who are changing the world for the better, and they represent the college and the University well.

This month’s issue also highlights some of the exciting research being conducted in the college, particularly in the areas of transportation and outreach. A team from the Clemson University Center for Workforce Development is part of a consortium, including four South Carolina technical colleges, that is working to meet the pressing need for a workforce that can build and service electric and autonomous vehicles and develop the cybersecurity to protect them. In a related project, one of the college’s research groups has developed a self-repairing hose for dispensing hydrogen, which has the potential to be instrumental in helping the nation diversify its fuel supply. These are just two of the latest projects highlighting Clemson’s leadership in shaping the future of mobility.

Your support is crucial to our success, and I want to thank all who made contributions on Give Day, helping us to break a record with a total of $6,333,884 in donations. If you missed Give Day, you can still donate and support our college’s efforts by clicking on the “Make a Gift” tab below. As always, I appreciate each and every donation.

As we head into June, I wish all of you a summer filled with fun, family and friends, but most of all, 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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