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, Robert Stanzione and Kaye Stanzione.

Great gifts made with humble hearts

Robert (Bob) J. Stanzione and Kaye Stanzione have provided a $2.5-million Cornerstone Gift to support the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

Charles Watt standing in the atrium of the Watt Center.

Electrical engineering alumnus Charles K. Watt wins the Clemson Medallion

Watt is the founding director and chairman of the founding partners board of directors of the Watt Family Innovation Center, a $50 million state-of-the-art facility devoted to interactive learning and interdisciplinary collaboration on Clemson’s campus.

Headhshots of Beth Anne Johnson (left) and Serita Acker (right)

WISE choice: Organization for women engineers selects Clemson program for three national awards

Clemson University’s premier organization for supporting women in STEM added to its list of honors when Serita Acker, Beth Anne Johnson and the program they lead, WISE, racked up three awards from the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN).

Headshot of Jessica Larsen.

Jessica Larsen wins Governor’s Young Scientist Award for Excellence in Scientific Research

Larsen, a Dean’s Assistant Professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is leading research in polymeric nanotechnology to develop materials that respond to diseases in the central nervous system.

Headshot of Jeremiah Farmer.

Jeremiah Farmer recognized for outstanding support of graduate students

Farmer, a student services manager in the automotive engineering department, received the Distinguished Graduate Student Support Award.

Thompson Mefford stands outdoors on Clemson's campus.

O. Thompson Mefford named associate dean for undergraduate studies

The promotion puts Mefford on the leadership team of Clemson’s largest college, with nearly 7,000 students, including 5,512 undergraduates, making it the largest provider of engineering and computing talent in South Carolina.

Sikes Hall external shot.

Clemson welcomes full inaugural cohort of students into Bridge to Doctorate program

The arrival of 12 accomplished students, including eight that will be studying in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, is expected to strengthen and diversify the STEM Ph.D. pipeline. Clemson President Jim Clements serves as the program's principal investigator.

Headshot of Knijnenburg, Bannister, Caine

Clemson researchers team up with teachers to show middle-school students how misinformation spreads

An interdisciplinary team that includes Bart Knijnenburg and Kelly Caine from the School of Computing have developed modules that help teach artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and math to middle-school students.

Headshot of Jessica Deaver in the lab.

Meet the next generation of innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs

Students featured in the past month include Kemonte Yow, Giovanni Orlandi, Emma Katovich, Ryan Mbagna-Nanko, Sevrina Tekle, Maria Christenbury and Kiarra Blake-Wade.

June 2022

From the Dean

We are well into summer, and like the rest of the University, the College of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences hosts many programs, research projects and camps typical of this time of year. We have been busy, and as the awards, initiatives and partnerships highlighted in this issue indicate, we continue to be recognized and rewarded for the quality of our research and educational programs.

This month in particular, we showcase the generosity and leadership of several of our alumni. Mechanical engineering alumnus Bob Stanzione and his wife, Kaye, have pledged a Cornerstone Gift to the college that includes support for student scholarships, the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Dean’s Excellence Fund. Also this month, the University announced that electrical engineering alumnus Charles K. Watt has been named a recipient of the Clemson Medallion, the Board of Trustees’ highest honor. Both the Watt and Stanzione families have been perennial supporters of Clemson and this college through their financial gifts and their leadership, and I am deeply grateful for their support.

In this issue we also recognize our progress in diversifying the STEM talent pipeline. Our Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) program recently received three national awards from the Women in Engineering ProActive Network, including two individual honors for its directors. And just one day prior to this announcement, we learned that this fall our college will welcome eight of the 12 students joining the inaugural cohort of the University’s Bridge to Doctorate Graduate Fellowship Program, a significant step in our broadening the Ph.D. talent pool. President Clements’ leadership has been instrumental in developing this program, which will strengthen diversity in the STEM fields.

This issue also highlights two members of the college who recently won awards for their research and mentoring and provides an update on the collaboration involving the School of Computing, the College of Education and a rural middle school in the Upstate. Their dedication and outstanding work are representative of our students, staff and faculty and the reason for our continued success.

In this issue we also say goodbye to Brad Putman, who is leaving Clemson after 28 years as a student, faculty member and administrator to become the Garman Dean of the College of Engineering at Bucknell University; at the same time, we welcome O. Thompson Mefford as the new associate dean for undergraduate studies. It is bittersweet to see Brad leave, but the undergraduate program will be in good hands with Thompson.

As you can see, our summer thus far has been productive, and you, our alumni, friends, and supporters have played a critical role in these and our many other accomplishments. You can continue to support the next generation of innovators, scholars, engineers, entrepreneurs and scientists by clicking the “Make a Gift” link below. Your contributions of time and treasure are key to our success, and I wholeheartedly appreciate all that you have done and continue to do for this college.

I hope you are enjoying a safe, relaxing, fun-filled summer, and I look forward to welcoming you back to campus this fall.



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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