Top Stories from the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
Top Stories from the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
Jesus de la Garza, director of the new Scool of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Clemson University establishes new school as nation invests $1.2 trillion in infrastructure

Jesus M. de la Garza has stepped into the role of founding director of the new School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences as the United States launches a historic initiative to build infrastructure and maintain competitiveness.

Jennifer Ogle, chair of the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering, poses in front of Lowry Hall

Jennifer Ogle selected as chair of the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering

Ogle is leading a department with 498 students, 27 faculty members and 12 staff members, making it one of South Carolina’s most important sources of civil engineering talent.

The ulra-light door development team poses with their award

Team that created ultra-light door honored by the U.S. Department of Energy

A Team Award from the department's Vehicle Technologies Office went to Clemson University, Honda Development & Manufacturing of America, LLC, the University of Delaware, Lanxess, and Proper Group International.

Kapil Chalil Madathil poses inside Freeman Hall

Kapil Chalil Madathil wins young-investigator award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Chalil Madathil, the Wilfred P. Tiencken Endowed Associate Professor of Industrial and Civil Engineering, will head to Atlanta to accept the William C. Howell Young Investigator award.

Kumar Venayagamoorthy poses for a photo op

Opinion: Developing a ‘smart grid’ now is the light that will keep us out of the dark in the future

Kumar Venayagamoorthy, the Duke Energy Distinguished Professor of Power Engineering, wrote that if we are to continue to enjoy a safe, continuous flow of electricity to our homes and businesses in the future, it is imperative that we focus on smart-grid technology and the workforce behind it.

Srikanth Pilla and his team work in the lab

Manufacturers could save time and money with new Clemson Composites Center research

A team led by Srikanth Pilla, Jenkins Endowed Professor of Automotive Engineering, is developing new ways of 3D-printing low-cost manufacturing tools and is funding the research with a $5.16 million grant.

Freeman Hall, home of the Department of Industrial Engineering

Department of Industrial Engineering ranked 16th in the nation

Clemson University’s Department of Industrial Engineering moved up five spaces and now ranks 16th in the nation overall and 11th among public universities in the latest U.S. News & World report rankings.

Zheyu Zhang works with a graduate student in the lab

Electrical engineer takes on moon’s extreme cold

Zheyu Zhang is receiving NASA’s Early Career Faculty Award to fund research that could help develop a new breed of transistor capable of withstanding the extreme cold of lunar night. He is the Warren H. Owen - Duke Energy Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Josiah Hester headshot

Josiah Hester turns his passion for sustainability into tomorrow’s technology

Hester, a 2021 Outstanding Young Alumnus, told Clemson World magazine he cherishes his Clemson years and remembers the mentors who made a mark on his career, including Jacob Sorber, associate professor of computer science.

September 2022

From the Dean

The fall semester is well underway, and as expected, our students and faculty have been engaged and busy over the past month. As this issue of the newsletter highlights, our college continues to be recognized for its research and other contributions that have an impact both nationally and globally.

The recent announcement of the $1.2 trillion investment in the nation’s infrastructure positions our new School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences to have a significant impact. This school, which serves as the umbrella for the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, will create new opportunities for collaborative research and exemplary educational experiences, putting us at the forefront as a leader in providing graduates to fill the increased demand for leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs in these fields.

This issue also highlights the research being conducted at the Clemson Composites Center, which in collaboration with various industries and partner universities, is developing innovative applications of 3-D printing coupled with artificial intelligence to create low-cost manufacturing tools that are traditionally expensive to develop and produce. Funded by a multi-million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and several industry partners, the tools resulting from this research provide the additional advantage of being environmentally friendly and recyclable. This research coupled with the award-winning ultralight vehicle door, also featured in this issue, further cements the college’s position as a leader in the advanced manufacturing and automotive domains.

The college and its students, staff, and faculty continue to be recognized for their outstanding work, and this issue celebrates those who have received prestigious awards from professional societies and government agencies. On the program level, we also continue to be among those recognized by the U.S. News and World Report annual rankings.

A crucial part of the college’s success is you — our alumni, friends and supporters. We couldn’t do it without you. If you would like to help create the next generation of leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs, you can click the “Make a Gift” tab below. Know that we appreciate each and every donation, and I look forward to thanking you in person when you visit our campus this fall.

Stay safe and healthy, and 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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