Top stories from the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
Top stories from the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
March: Top Stories from the College

Clemson University researchers to help advance 3D printing

Researchers will create a “digital lifecycle platform” augmented with artificial intelligence to help production engineers more quickly and inexpensively design, analyze and fabricate a wide range of large and complex components. An $11-million cooperative agreement was established with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command.

Feng Luo appointed to the Marvin J. Pinson, Jr. ’46 Distinguished Professorship in Artificial Intelligence

One of Clemson University’s highest academic honors is going to Feng Luo, a professor in the School of Computing and founder and director of the Clemson Artificial Intelligence Research Institute for Science and Engineering (AIRISE).

AI advances personalized learning for state’s K-12 teachers and students

Two recent projects have given researchers in Clemson University’s School of Computing a chance to use their knowledge and experience in artificial intelligence to improve K-12 education in the state and eventually the nation. They are collaborating with researchers from the College of Education.

Clemson University and Nephron partner on robotics in manufacturing

A partnership between Clemson University and Nephron Pharmaceuticals combines robotics and medicine to ensure sterility, quality, safety and efficiency in pharmaceutical manufacturing. The project is led by Yue “Sophie” Wang, the Warren H. Owen Duke Energy Associate Professor of Engineering.

App created to help those in need raises Clemson University’s international profile

An interdisciplinary group of faculty and students worked with international partners to create P2PR2P. The project was among five projects to win funding through a European Commission-connected program, Open Calls.

Clemson researchers study athletic performance in wheelchair tennis using motion capture technology

Researchers, including bioengineer John DesJardins, are using motion-capture technology to discern which wheelchair movement patterns on the tennis court are most energy efficient for athletes while allowing them to accurately and forcefully hit the tennis ball. DesJardins is the Robert B. and Susan B. Hambright Leadership Professor.

Closing the race and gender gap in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

Growth in the number of African Americans, Hispanics and women graduating with degrees from Clemson University’s College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences is raising hopes that decades of effort is starting to chip away at one of STEM’s toughest challenges.

Women of Deep Orange are driven to lead

Students and faculty in the celebrated automotive engineering program are leading their colleagues, championing women’s perspectives and needs in automotive design and are encouraging other young women to pursue careers in engineering.

The 'Ultimate Clemson Ambassador’

Clemson University provided Ashley Babinchak with the knowledge, opportunities and mentors to help her discover her strengths and identify her ultimate career goal: medical device sales.

STEM teachers get their due during month-long celebration

After a tough year, STEM teachers across South Carolina are receiving some much-deserved recognition as part of STEM Education Month. The month’s events are organized by South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science, which is part of the college.

Class Notes

Donald M. Reece, 2020 BS
Mechanical Engineering
Thomas "Dev" Belflower III, 1998 BS
Mechanical Engineering
Adam Drewes, 2004 BS
Computer Science
Luke Henry, 2001 BS
Electrical and Computer Engineering


From the Dean

It is nice to see a growing number of faculty, students and staff returning to campus. They, along with the spring weather, are adding a new level of energy and activity to our campus and college, and this month’s newsletter reflects some of their work as we move closer to more normal operations.
Our lead story features a new interdisciplinary project involving the college’s researchers, postdocs and graduate and undergraduate students in partnership with the U.S. Army to advance 3D printing technology. The platform they are developing will allow production engineers to design and test complex components for ground and air vehicles without physically building them, saving both time and money.
Also this month, we feature two stories that underscore Clemson University’s growing strength in artificial intelligence. We announce the appointment of Feng Luo as the new Marvin J. Pinson, Jr. ’46 Distinguished Professor in Artificial Intelligence. In addition to his own extensive research, Dr. Luo is extending our focus in AI by bringing together more than 90 faculty from across the University to create new, interdisciplinary research and education programs. Because of the forward-thinking investments of supporters like Mr. Pinson, we are able to recruit and retain top faculty who are leaders in their fields.
In a separate story, we feature the work of Bart Knijnenburg, Nathan McNeese and Kelly Caine, all faculty members in the School of Computing. They are collaborating with partners in the College of Education to use artificial intelligence to advance personalized learning and mathematics education in South Carolina’s K-12 system. This project underscores the power of collaboration in advancing research that will have a significant impact on our state’s future.
In addition, this issue highlights several of our research efforts focusing on health and safety. Collaborations with CECAS researchers, industry and a private French firm are investigating a wide-range of topics from pharmaceutical supply chain logistics to motion in wheelchair-tennis athletes to an app that connects victims of conflict and natural disasters with sources for food and other types of aid.
Finally, this month’s newsletter features our commemorations of Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March when we yet again have to acknowledge another incidence of racial violence, this time against the Asian-American community. We condemn such prejudice in the strongest terms; it has no place in our college, University or society. We in CECAS continually work to create a culture of diversity, inclusivity and equity, led by Oliver Myers, our associate dean of inclusive excellence for undergraduates, and Melissa Smith, our associate dean of inclusive excellence and graduate studies.
The successes of this college are only possible because of our wide range of stakeholders, including you – our alumni, friends and supporters. I am sometimes asked how you can help. Donations are always welcome, and you can contribute by clicking the “Make a Gift” button below. As always, your support is deeply appreciated.
I hope you continue to stay safe and healthy,
Anand K. Gramopadhye, Dean
“IDEAS Monthly” is published by the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences at Clemson University for alumni and friends.

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