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

Researchers respond to urgent call for COVID-19 testing

Clemson University faculty members are volunteering their time and resources as part of a statewide effort to develop serologic tests that could play a key role in reigniting South Carolina’s economy and protecting healthcare professionals on the frontlines of the COVID-19 situation.  MORE

Artificial intelligence could aid in fight against COVID-19

It would take a human being years to read tens of thousands of scholarly articles, but an artificial intelligence system that can do it in a matter of minutes is about to go to work in the fight against COVID-19. Ilya Safro, an associate professor of computer science, said his team will soon roll out a system that will help researchers explore the scientific literature as they strive for new discoveries to combat the novel coronavirus.  MORE

Technical partnerships help protect healthcare providers from COVID-19

A nationwide partnership of scientists and engineers, including Mark Johnson of Clemson University, is sharpening the focus on highly pressurized carbon dioxide as a potential solution for cleaning and sanitizing N95 medical masks. Johnson is the Thomas F. Hash Endowed Chair in Sustainable Development and director of Clemson University’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing.  MORE

Finding a solution to the N95 mask shortage

Melinda Harman (far right), an associate professor of bioengineering, is volunteering her time to explore how hospitals could wash and sanitize medical masks without having to ship them elsewhere or buy an expensive piece of equipment. A device she has designed to hold multiple N95 masks so that they maintain shape during washing is central to her idea. Harman is director of GreenMD, the nation’s only engineering-focused program for medical device design targeted for reprocessing and reuse.  MORE

Tim Pruett of Clemson University helps seek solution to ventilator shortage

Pruett (right), a 23-year veteran lab technologist in the Clemson University Machining and Technical Services group, was asked by one of the University's upstate healthcare partners to produce a 3D ventilator expansion prototype that allows a single ventilator to support up to four patients.  MORE

One faculty member’s unique response to the COVID-19 situation

Fadi Abdeljawad, an assistant professor mechanical engineering, is receiving rave reviews for making the successful transition to online classes. One wall in his home has been converted into a whiteboard where he writes diagrams and equations, just as he did when his class gathered in Dillard Hall.  MORE

How one Ph.D. student made history in her dissertation defense

Benafsh Husain Sapna will soon be the first person to hold a Ph.D. in biomedical data science and informatics as part of a program jointly offered by Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina. Her April 8 dissertation defense concluded six years of graduate study for her, marked a major milestone for a growing program and showed that a hallmark of the Ph.D. experience can continue online during the COVID-19 situation.  MORE

Top college students receive honors

Some of the best and brightest students in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences are receiving congratulatory packages in the mail this month, a recognition of their outstanding academics, character, leadership and research.  MORE

Developing smart materials with supercomputers

Ulf Schiller, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering, is bringing a physicist’s perspective to materials science as part of a new project that uses advanced supercomputing techniques to better understand complex fluids, a step toward creating new smart materials.  MORE

Research could help develop nanocrystalline metals with unprecedented properties

Fadi Abdeljawad, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is leading new research into a unique class of metal alloys that show promise for broad range of applications. The research could lead to lighter cars and airplanes and electronics that are smaller without losing their functionality.  MORE

Solving increasingly complex problems with supercomputers

Jon Calhoun, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is working to develop new techniques that could help move data more efficiently, a big factor in supercomputer performance. The work could help engineers and scientists solve increasingly large problems, ranging from predicting the weather to designing better airplanes.  MORE

Class Notes

Thomas Blackwell, 2011
BS in Civil Engineering

Lucas Young, 2007, 2008
BS in Civil Engineering, MS in Civil Engineering

Hesha Gamble, PE, 2000, 2001
BS in Civil Engineering, MS in Civil Engineering

Al Bowman, PE, 1988
BS in Civil Engineering

Wayne Kirby, 1980
BS in Materials Science and Engineering

From the Dean

As the college, the nation and the world are adjusting to the new normal as a result of the unprecedented COVID-19 situation, our students, staff, and faculty have once again shown exceptional resilience, ingenuity, and goodwill in rising to this challenge in a remarkably short amount of time. We share some of their achievements with you in this issue of IDEAS Monthly.
Several research groups in the college are volunteering their time and resources to address some of the healthcare needs resulting from this pandemic. They are testing, searching for new treatments and finding safe ways of reusing personal protective equipment. These groups exemplify the service and outreach our college is known for as they work closely with industry and healthcare providers to bring their innovations to the communities and clinical settings where they are needed most.
In addition to these projects, we are also announcing three new research projects, two focused on smart materials and one on improving supercomputers. All three are focused on potential solutions to real-world problems, such as developing cars and airplanes with improved fuel efficiency.
In early April we celebrated the achievements of several of our outstanding students. We honored some of the college’s top students for their excellence in academics, research and service, and a milestone of this semester is the graduation of our first Ph.D. student in biomedical data science and informatics, a program jointly offered by Clemson and the Medical University of South Carolina. You can read about their accomplishments in this issue as well as the innovative ways our faculty are holding online classes and dissertation defenses.
As you can see, we have dedicated and innovative students, staff, and faculty who not only can address challenges facing us like COVID-19 but who also freely give of their time and resources to help others. The support of our alumni and friends has played a key role in our being able to rise to this current challenge and, more importantly, to have the resources to be prepared for future ones, and I want to take this opportunity to express my wholehearted gratitude.
Many from the Clemson Family have asked how they can support the college, particularly given the current situation of the COVID-19 virus coupled with the tornado that impacted the campus area in mid-April. The support from our community is remarkable, especially in this moment when so many are facing their own set of challenges. It is a true gift that many have a desire to make a meaningful impact for our students, staff, and faculty. Gifts through the Dean’s Excellence Fund provide flexible support to meet many changing and varied needs. If you wish to include the college among your philanthropic priorities, you can contribute directly at Additionally, you may contact Amy Hunt, Senior Director of Development, at The Clemson Family has always been willing to support our college, and as always, we appreciate your generosity.
I hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe and remain that way.
Anand K. Gramopadhye, Dean
“IDEAS Monthly” is published by the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences at Clemson University for alumni and friends.

Make a Gift
Update your contact information | Opt out using TrueRemove®
View this email online.
Subscribe to our email list.