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

Clemson University to help Savannah River National Laboratory embark on new era

Savannah River National Laboratory will have increased access to Clemson University's students, faculty, facilities and innovation ecosystem because of Clemson’s membership in the Battelle Savannah River Alliance.

Clemson University senior wins prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Venkata “Anish” Chaluvadi is an Honors College senior majoring in materials science and engineering who was chosen for his academic accomplishments, leadership and commitment to improve the lives of others.

Jesus M. de la Garza honored for more than 30 years of excellence and innovation in civil engineering

de la Garza, chair of the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering, is winning a 2021 Outstanding Projects And Leaders Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Human-trafficking networks targeted in new research

Tom Sharkey, an industrial engineering professor, is the principal investigator on a new, five-year project that is aimed at disrupting human-trafficking networks. Collaborators across several institutions are participating.

Clemson researchers partner with rural district to teach students about cybersecurity and AI

Bart Knijnenburg, assistant professor in the School of Computing, and Kelly Caine, Dean’s Associate Professor in the Human-Centered Computing Division of the School of Computing, are collaborating on research with Nicole Bannister, associate professor in the College of Education.

Distinguished Services Award underscores Rajendra Bordia’s global impact

Bordia serves as the George J. Bishop, III Endowed Chair in Ceramic and Materials Engineering at Clemson and as scientific director of MADE In SC. In 2008, he founded the Kanpur IIT Research and Academic Alumni Network, which now has 100 members.

Three from college receive Fellow honors from professional societies

Fellow awards are some of the highest honors awarded by professional societies. The latest honorees from the college are: Delphine Dean, the Ron and Jane Lindsay Family Innovation Professor; Stephen H. Foulger, the Gregg-Graniteville Endowed Chair; and Oliver Myers, associate dean of inclusive excellence for undergraduates.

Industrial engineering’s online master’s program provides new opportunities for working professionals

A program that has graduated about 300 students from five continents is broadening its scope to reflect the rapid growth of e-commerce and reach a wider range of students. Fluor Corp. has been a generous supporter of the program, which launched in 2008.

TikTok sensation Emily Yarid learned some of her Iron Man-building skills at Clemson University

The mechanical engineering graduate lived in the RISE dorms, learned SolidWorks and met her fiance, Jonathan Harwell, at Clemson University before the video of her making the superhero suit went viral, racking up more than 60 million views.

‘Thriving in Interesting Times’ panel discussion four: Infrastructure in COVID-19

Please join us on February 25 7–8pm EST for the fourth installment of "Thriving in Interesting Times,” COVID-19 expert panel discussion.

Class Notes

Bobby Ley, 2016 BS
Environmental Engineering
Jessica Baron, 2018 MS
Computer Science
Robert Ross, 1994 BS / 2000 PhD
Computer Engineering


From the Dean

We are well into the spring semester, and it is nice to see more students, faculty and staff returning to campus and feel the energy they bring. It certainly has had an effect on our college, and this newsletter highlights some of our new initiatives and partnerships and the impact they will have.
An excellent example is the role the college’s students, faculty, staff and facilities will play as part of Clemson University’s membership in the Battelle Savannah River Alliance. As a result of this new partnership, the Savannah River National Laboratory will have increased access to our college’s extensive knowledge and experience in advanced materials, advanced manufacturing, energy security and nuclear environmental engineering and science. The rich history of our 30-year collaboration with this lab positions us to have maximum impact on both the state and national levels.
Also in this newsletter, we feature three additional initiatives that underscore the breadth of the college’s partnerships. The Department of Industrial Engineering has collaborated closely with industry, especially Fluor Corp., to create an online master’s program that has graduated approximately 300 students from five continents since its inception in 2008. Primarily focused on supply chain logistics, it is now expanding its curriculum to reflect the rise of e-commerce.
In addition, Kelly Caine and Bart Knijnenburg, both from the School of Computing, are working with the College of Education to teach K-12 students in a rural school district about cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, with the aim of helping them manage their online presence, and Tom Sharkey, a professor of industrial engineering, is collaborating with several academic, nonprofit and law enforcement partners to help disrupt human-trafficking networks.
This issue also highlights some of the awards that underscore the excellence of our college’s faculty and students. Jesus M. de la Garza, Delphine Dean, Stephen Foulger, Oliver Myers and Rajendra Bordia are faculty members who have been recognized by their peers for their achievements. These awards reflect not only the esteem afforded them by their respective engineering and science communities but also the level of leadership they bring to the college. In addition, Venkata “Anish” Chaluvadi, a senior majoring in materials science and engineering, is the first Clemson student and one of only 24 nationwide to win the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, one of the highest honors a student can receive.
These success stories and our college’s wide-ranging impact are possible only because of you, our alumni and friends, and your generous support. If you wish to make a contribution to help us continue our efforts to address today’s vital issues, you can click the “Make a Gift” button at the bottom of this newsletter. Know that, as always, your support is deeply appreciated.
Please 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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