IDEAS Monthly: December 2022 - Top Stories from the College
IDEAS Monthly: December 2022 - Top Stories from the College
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Srikanth Pilla and team seated together in the lab.

Clemson University selected for Energy Frontier Research Center

A new Clemson University center led by Srikanth Pilla is bringing together researchers from across the country to develop a transformational method for creating composite materials, an approach that could help manufacturers save time, money and energy while leaving less of an environmental footprint.

NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan in a Deep Orange car.

National Science Foundation director looks to Clemson University as a national model

The director, Sethuraman Panchanathan, called Clemson University “a vanguard of global competitiveness” when he and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham visited CU-ICAR to discuss the agency’s vision.

Fei Peng pictured in the lab.

Developing a new source of clean energy with the universe’s most abundant element

Fei Peng, an associate professor of materials science and engineering, is the principal investigator on research that could help hasten the development of turbines that are fueled by hydrogen.

Brian Powell headshot

Brian Powell wins Class of ’39 Award for Excellence

Powell, the Fjeld Professor in Nuclear Environmental Engineering and Science, will have his name etched in stone at Carillon Garden for his service to Clemson University, the student body and the larger community.

Lab room photo shoot.

Chemical engineer celebrates three early-career honors in her new lab at Clemson University

Ana C. Alba-Rubio, an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is wrapping up 2022 with three honors that mark her as a rising star in chemical engineering research.

Laine mears and a student work on a vehicle chassis.

Closing the skills gap in the manufacturing workforce

Manufacturers nationwide could soon have an easier time finding highly qualified engineers and technicians and the leaders to guide them if a program based at Clemson University can expand to reach a larger group of students, organizers said.

Brandon Ross works along side a student.

Clemson University extends leadership in mass-timber research

Brandon Ross, the Cotttingham Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, is the principal investigator on new research aimed at helping expand the use of mass timber, an environmentally sustainable option for the construction of new buildings.

Transdigm meets with scholarship-winning students in the Watt Family Innovation Center

TransDigm representatives meet Douglas Peacock Scholars

Clemson University President Jim Clements said the University and TransDigm Group Incorporated are aligned in their commitment to develop and promote a diverse workforce.

Zehua Jin works on an electron microscope.

Ph.D. student receives Hitachi High-Tech Electron Microscopy Fellowship

Zehua Jin is the ninth recipient of the fellowship, which was established to support graduate students using the Clemson University Electron Microscopy Facility to conduct research as part of their doctoral studies.

December 2022

From the Dean

The holiday season offers us the opportunity to reflect on the past year, and I want to take this time to express my gratitude to all the college’s friends and supporters as well as our faculty, students and staff for everything we have been able to achieve during 2022. You are the ones who make all of this possible.

I am especially thankful for our staff. They are our unsung heroes who, because their work is primarily behind the scenes, often do not get the recognition they deserve. But they are the glue that holds us together, the ones who provide us the support that makes our success possible. Earlier this week, we took time to express our appreciation for all they do when we honored the best of our best. We cannot thank them nor all of our staff enough for everything they do for us.

Finally, I want to wish all of you a happy holiday season filled with much happiness and good cheer. Enjoy spending time with your family and friends. I appreciate you, our alumni and supporters, for your generosity throughout the past year and wish you the very best in the new year.

Go Tigers!


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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