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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Four from the college receive Graduate Research Fellowships

Students from the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences to win the fellowships were: Daniel Custer, Deyrel Diaz, Amanda LeMatty and Luke Snow.

Anish Chaluvadi

Helping those who need it most

Anish Chaluvadi, the first Gates Cambridge Scholar from Clemson University, decided to become an engineer after seeing his family in India prepare for daily power outages.

Two Students Honored

Two students honored by University

Sophia Hennessey won the Almeda R. Jacks Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award, and Fengjiao Zou received the R.C. Edwards Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

Five Winners

Five from college win awards at University’s spring ceremony

Faculty and students have been named recipients of the University’s 2021 Spring Awards for teaching, support for student success, mentoring and research.

Igor Luziov

Discovery could lead to new opportunities in recycling

Igor Luzinov, the Kentwool Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is teaming up with an old friend for research that could lead to a new way of recycling polystyrene.

Ashok Mishra

Forecasting global water supplies

Ashok Mishra, an associate professor of civil engineering, and his students analyze decades of climate data to find trends and predict what the world can expect as global temperatures rise.

IBM Partnership

A growing partnership  with IBM

IBM has expanded its relationship with Clemson University to include an annual IBM Scholars program designed to cultivate the next generation of innovative employees and leaders.

Top Students Honored

Eleven students win college-level awards

The College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences honored some of its best and brightest students for outstanding work in academics, character, leadership and research.

Chris Norfolk

Teaching with technology

Chris Norfolk, a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, received a Provost’s Award after making quick use of technology to adapt to social distancing when the pandemic hit.

Two awards from Commission on Women

Two from college receive awards from Clemson Commission on Women

The honorees were Martine LaBerge, chair of the Department of Bioengineering, and Jessica Larsen, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering.

Alex Pullen

Learning more about the global climate

New evidence that an ancient river system flowed across modern-day Canada could provide clues to what the future climate might be like, according to Alex Pullen, an assistant professor of environmental engineering and Earth sciences.

Homegrown Science

Growing strength in biomedical research

Clemson University is showing its growing strength in biomedical research with the publication of a new paper that describes a way of measuring three-dimensional extracellular diffusion.

Underrepresented Students

Supporting underrepresented students

GE Gas Power announced it is establishing a historic annual scholarship to support underrepresented minorities and women on campus — the largest in the history of the college.

May 2021

From the Dean

I had the honor this month of celebrating the end of this academic year by congratulating our graduating students as they crossed the stage to receive their diplomas. Their wide smiles were a heartwarming testament to the Clemson University spirit and the resilience that faculty, students and staff have shown throughout this year. They have thrived, and what they have accomplished is truly inspiring. This issue pays tribute to their achievements.

As the year concluded, several of the college’s students were recognized for their excellence in scholarship, academics and leadership. Four — Daniel Custer, Deyrel Diaz, Amanda LeMatty and Luke Snow — received Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation. These highly competitive fellowships provide three years of support for graduate education. A fifth student, Anish Chaluvadi, walked across the stage as the recipient of three major awards: the Norris Medal, the J. Wesley Davis Leadership Award and the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship. As the first Clemson student to receive this scholarship, he is headed to the University of Cambridge to pursue a master’s degree and Ph.D. in computational modeling. Sophia Hennessey and Fengjiao Zou won the University’s Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Student Awards, respectively.

Our college was also well represented with several of our faculty receiving University recognition for their excellence. Jessica Larsen, assistant professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Martine LaBerge, the department chair of bioengineering, were both presented 2021 Outstanding Women awards by the Clemson University Commission on Women, with Dr. LaBerge being named the University’s first Gender Equity Champion. Two additional CECAS faculty members were also honored this year, Chris Norfolk, senior lecturer in chemical engineering, with the Provost Award for Outstanding Teaching with Technology and Laine Mears, professor and BMW Smartstate Chair of Automotive Manufacturing, with the Centennial Professorship Award. In addition, this issue highlights several of our ongoing and new research efforts. CECAS researchers are continuing to further initiatives in recycling, answer important questions about the global climate and increase the college’s strength in biomedical research. Finally, this issue also features an interview with Paris Stringfellow, the deputy director for the college’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing, who shares her expertise in cybersecurity.

As you can see, our college has enjoyed a very successful year as evidenced by the recognition our students, staff and faculty have received as well as our ongoing and new research efforts. These accomplishments are a testament to your generosity; they are possible only because of you — our alumni, donors and friends. As always, I cannot thank you enough, but it seems especially appropriate to do so as we conclude another exceptional academic year. If you wish to make a donation as we begin a new semester, please click the “Make a Gift” button.

I hope each of you has a safe, healthy and restful summer, and I look forward to welcoming you back to campus this fall so that you can see in person what we have accomplished.


Anand K. Gramopadhye, Dean

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