South Carolina strengthens position as advanced manufacturing hub with BMW endowed chair

A Clemson University researcher who is creating the technology and educational programs that could give the United States an edge in the competitive world of advanced manufacturing is the new holder of an esteemed faculty position endowed by BMW, an anchor of the South Carolina economy. Laine Mears, the new BMW SmartState Chair in Automotive Manufacturing, is an expert in …

Research raises hopes for abdominal aneurysm sufferers

New hope is dawning for patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms, the malady that recently claimed the life of “Martin” and “New York Undercover” actor Tommy Ford. Researchers at Clemson University have found a new way of delivering potentially life-saving drugs directly to the aneurysm, using nanoparticles that are 250-fold smaller than the width of a human hair. Their work raises …

FAA expands Clemson license to fly unmanned vehicles for research

Clemson University has been granted a blanket license by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) throughout the U.S. and to register more Clemson employees as UAV pilots. The “Blanket Area Public Agency Certificate of Authorization” expands a previous FAA license that allowed research engineer Joe Mari Maja to fly a UAV for research purposes only at …

Bacteria strain named by Clemson students

The Clemson family has gained a new namesake: Legionella clemsonensis, a novel strain of the Legionella bacteria, the most common cause of waterborne bacterial outbreaks in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave the honor of naming L. clemsonensis to students in a collaborative research group called CU and the CDC, which includes students from …

Clemson organic peach research bags $1 million grant

More Southeastern peaches will be grown organically thanks to a $1 million federal grant awarded to Clemson University. Clemson University pomologist Juan Carlos Melgar and pathologist Guido Schnabel are tying paper bags on peaches as they grow on trees, an unconventional method of protecting them from insects and disease while reducing reliance on pesticides. They began testing the method two …

Clemson University Research Foundation awards funds for technology development

The Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF) has announced six recipients of fiscal year 2017 Technology Maturation Fund awards. The CURF Technology Maturation Fund provides grants to faculty to support the last critical development step needed to move their technology to the marketplace. “There is no limit to innovation at Clemson,” said CURF director Casey Porto, “however, it’s a long and arduous …

Clemson researcher selected as 2016 TechConnect Innovation awardee

Clemson researcher Andrew S. Mount has been selected as a 2016 TechConnect Innovation awardee. As an associate professor and director of the Okeanos Research Laboratory in Clemson’s department of biological sciences, Mount has dedicated his scientific career to studying the mysteries of oyster shell formation and the prevention of marine biofouling by barnacles. His latest discovery was recognized by the TechConnect …

Clemson awarded $2.1 million for research in mathematics for data security

A team of Clemson University mathematical sciences professors was awarded $2.1 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to enhance teaching and research in mathematical areas critical to the privacy and security of computer communications. The NSF Research Training Groups grant will support research training for undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral scientists in coding theory, cryptography and number theory; …

Clemson researcher Stephen Foulger to lead $6 million in research on the brain

Stephen Foulger of Clemson University is leading a team that has received $6 million to develop a new way of stimulating specific parts of the brain in what could be the first step toward treatments for seizures and illnesses ranging from addiction to depression. If it works like researchers hope, patients would someday ingest tiny particles that would lodge themselves …

David Freedman and his team dig deep to answer questions about water safety

Inside the 11 stainless steel cylinders lined up in David Freedman’s lab at Clemson University are rock samples that were pulled from deep below the Earth’s surface and could help shed light on one of the world’s most widespread environmental challenges. The cylinders are central to the unique method Freedman and his team have developed to study whether natural processes …