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Clemson University - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Automotive Engineering

The Department of Automotive Engineering has ongoing research in the following areas: vehicle systems integration, advanced powertrains and drivelines including hybrid and electric configurations, manufacturing, vehicle performance, vehicle electronics/telematics, human/machine interface, connected vehicles, and vehicle-infrastructure interaction. Leadership, innovation and management skills in a global economy are emphasized in the program. The automotive engineering program seeks to develop in its graduates, strong engineering science-based skills coupled with a hands-on capability and practical knowledge using vehicular systems and sub-systems as platforms for intensive collaborative team projects as well as industry internships.


The Department of Bioengineering has ongoing research in the following areas: tissue engineering, vascular engineering, cardiovascular biomaterials, total joint replacement, orthopedic biomaterials, supercellular assemblies, drug delivery, biomolecular modeling, organ printing, advanced imaging and protein synthesis.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

In the Department of Chemical Engineering strong, multi-faceted programs exist in materials science and engineering, particularly polymer studies, thermodynamics and separation processes, and kinetics and catalysis. These programs encompass most of the traditional branches of chemical engineering as well as newer areas, such as advanced rheology, supercritical fluids, molecular simulation, and biotechnology. Research interests of the faculty range from purely theoretical topics to the analysis and improvement of full-scale industrial processes.

Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil Engineering has ongoing research in the following areas: natural and man made hazards, applied fluid mechanics, construction materials and projects management, structural and geotechnical engineering, and transportation engineering.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Major areas of research in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering include wireless communications, applied electromagnetics, computer systems architecture, artificial intelligence, electronics, mechatronics, and power systems.

Engineering and Science Education

The Department of Engineering & Science Education is a nationally-unique graduate program in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education research. As such, it includes faculty who are experts in several areas of science education and engineering education, and have active research programs in these fields. Students in this program will be exposed to a wide breadth of STEM education research under current investigation as well as be prepared to interface between the development of new theory in STEM education and the implementation of new research findings in practice. This discipline-based education research (DBER) combines knowledge of teaching and learning with deep knowledge of discipline-specific science content. It describes the discipline-specific difficulties learners face and the specialized intellectual and instructional resources that can facilitate student understanding.

Environmental Engineering and Earth Science

The Department of Environmental Engineering and Science conducts research on the sources, fate, effects and control of chemicals in the environment, both engineered and natural. Focus areas include process engineering for treatment and remediation of water, air and soils, fate and transport in the environment, environmental chemistry, nuclear environmental concerns, waste management and risk assessment, and radiochemistry.

Industrial Engineering

The Department of Industrial Engineering emphasizes the education, research, discovery and application of knowledge in the following information technology driven emphasis areas: production and service systems, human factors, and education and learning systems.

Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering conducts research in thermal/fluid sciences, mechanical and manufacturing systems, and engineering mechanics. Current focus areas include: mechanics of composites, advanced energy systems, mechatronics, vehicle dynamics, and materials processing.

School of Computing

The School of Computing offers degrees in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Digital Production Arts, and Human Center Computing. Each program provides students with a broad and solid background in computer science. Graduates of our programs are well prepared and highly recruited.

School of Material Science and Engineering

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering conducts a broad range of material's, fiber and textile oriented research. Topics include studies of photonic and dielectric materials, industrial and medical textiles,metal matrix composites, solution derived technical ceramics, electroactive and photoic organic polymers, "smart" textiles and fibers, biomimetics,mechanical/physical metallurgy of high performance alloys, and biometallics. The department also maintains active research in traditional ceramic, fiber and textile sciences.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Bioengineering Alliance of South Carolina

The Bioengineering Alliance of South Carolina is a structured effort between Clemson University, the University of South Carolina in Columbia, and the Medical University of South Carolina to promote unified biomedical engineering education and research in South Carolina. The Alliance initiates collaborative research projects and pursues educational events such as basic bioengineering education programs for physicians and continuing engineering education courses for bioengineers. Bioengineering Alliance students benefit from the multidisciplinary expertise and the quality of team work between the engineers and the clinicians. Research interests include: orthopaedic bearing wear testing, mechanical properties of bone and teeth, nondestructive testing, design of total joint replacements, mechanical properties of bone cement, electrical and piezoelectric properties of bone and ligaments, design of electronic and mechanical devices for children with disabilities, dental implants tissue engineering, cardiovascular materials, cardiovascular mechanics, spine mechanics, molecular modeling of materials and tissue engineering.

Center for Advanced Engineering Fibers and Films

The Center for Advanced Engineering Fibers and Films (CAEFF) is a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center that comprises a partnership between Clemson University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Clark Atlanta University. Industry partners and the State of South Carolina also support the Center�s integrated research and education environment for the systems-oriented study of fibers and films. CAEFF education programs span pre-college to practitioner student populations and emphasize interdisciplinary, collaborative, computational materials design. Predictive modeling and simulation is used to engineer advanced materials such as biopolymers and functional nanomaterials for a variety of applications including homeland security, biomedicine, energy, and transportation.

Center for Optical Materials Science & Engr Technology

The Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET) is an internationally recognized centerpiece program focused on cutting edge research, education, and technology transfer on materials for optical fiber and related photonic technologies. COMSET investigators are a multidisciplinary team of faculty from the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering as well as Clemson's business school and professional communications programs. Topical thrusts include the synthesis, characterization, integration, and technology transfer/commercialization relating to optical fibers, photonic crystals, organic light emitters, nonlinear optical crystals, electro-optic ceramics, and nanomaterials into application-specific structures for telecommunications, imaging, sensing, displays, and numerous other commercially critical technologies.

Construction Industry Cooperative Alliance

CICA is an education-industry alliance dedicated to improving the cost-effectiveness of the US construction industry by providing a program for continuing professional development, the enhancement of industry communications, and research implementation projects. CICA plans and conducts continuous professional development events focused on project management consisting of half-day regional events, two-day seminars, and week-long short courses for both public and in-house groups of participants.

National Brick Research Center

The mission of the Center is providing research, teaching, and service to the traditional ceramic or minerals communities - with a particular interest in the clay brick and clay masonry industries. The Center provides undergraduate and graduate students with real-world research experiences thereby augmenting the mission of the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences. Practical hands-on short courses are offered to industrial personnel as a part of the public service mission of the Center. Research interests include performance of wall claddings, processing for improved product performance and for reduced cost, and reduction of environmental emissions in manufacturing.