Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina, United States

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The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering BS/MS program provides not only excellent research facilities for an exceptional number of students but also conducts practical activities for them. Through cooperation with the industry, the department has successfully been on the route of original scientific research. Their research has produced well-known individuals in the field like Dr. Mark Blenner, who is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award. The faculty to students ratio is 1:15, which means that each student has a fair chance of getting individualized attention.

At the same time, research options are opted by almost 20 percent of the undergraduate students from this department. The undergraduate program, that is BS in Chemical Engineering, can be completed between 3-5 years and focuses on preparing individuals to be professionals in their field. This approach gives rise to future leaders of every sector. Under the graduate programs, the department offers Ph.D. and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering. For the BS graduate students, there is a federal grant available called GAANN which provides research grant to exceptional doctoral students.

  • list items Areas of Expertise: Polymers; Thermodynamics; Kinetics; Process Automation; Separations
  • list items List of labs: Center for Advanced Engineering Fibers and Films
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    Civil Engineering 

    Headed by a renowned civil engineer, Dr. Jesus M. de la Garza, the department has persistently worked to ensure that the students are provided with up-to-date laboratories, along with a dedicated lecture series for the program. Student-Teacher coordination is a significant aspect of the department, with students actively taking part in defining their study routes and routines. The head himself has authored over 100 peer referenced research papers, gaining $14.5 million sponsorships for his research at Virginia.

    The undergraduate program focuses on students being able to tackle development projects related to bridges, transportation systems, buildings, ports and water distribution systems, etc. Engineers can pursue fields like traffic and transportation engineering, soils and foundation engineering, coastal and water resources engineering, public works, etc. The students must first get admitted to the general engineering program so that they can proceed to selecting civil engineering as their preferred major. The graduate program provides two degrees - an MS in Civil Engineering (Thesis and non-thesis) and PhD.
    The programme has 6 majors:

  • list items Construction Engineering and Management,
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  • list items Geotechnical Engineering,
  • list items Structural Engineering,
  • list items Transportation Systems Engineering
  • list items Water Resources Engineering.
  • Areas of Expertise: Construction Materials and Projects Management; Natural And Man-made Hazards; Structural and Geotechnical Engineering; Transportation Engineering; Applied Fluid Mechanics

    List of Labs: Construction Industry Cooperative Alliance; Risk Engineering and System Analytics Center


    Computer Science

    Offering both Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts programmes, the department has made a permanent place for itself among the top 10 supercomputing campuses across the United States. Part of this comes from the fact that one of the largest supercomputers of America, Palmetto Cluster is in this department, ranked fourth among the US academic systems. The 4-year bachelor program, BS, can be accelerated to a 5-year master's program, with opportunities for minoring in game designing and digital production arts for animation.

    This degree contributes to both the BS and MS degrees. A total of 122 semester hours are required to successfully complete the degree. Under the graduate programmes, the department offers MS and PhD in Computer Science. The department also offers the following graduate programmes - PhD in Human-Centered Computing, MFA in Digital Production Arts, MS in Digital Production Arts, PhD in Biomedical Data Science & Informatics, MS in Biomedical Data Science & Informatics.

  • list items Areas of Expertise: Perception And Interaction; Electronic Health Records; Digital Production; Software And Computing Foundation; Graphics And Visualization; Intelligent & Interactive Systems; Networks And Distributed Systems; Applications Computing; Visual Computing In Education; Biometrics
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    Mechanical Engineering

    Under the leadership of the program director NSF, Atul G. Kelkar, this department has been on an all-time high. Atul G. Kelkar has a vast and diverse portfolio with over 130 publications to his name. He has received over $9 million in research funding to date. He has served for leadership roles in three well-known professional societies, while also being a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He also teaches as a full professor at Iowa State University.

    The department’s faculty has a diverse research portfolio in Bioengineering and Biomaterials, Design, Dynamics and Controls, Fluid Mechanics, Manufacturing, Materials and Materials Processing, Micro and Nanotechnology, Solid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer And Combustion, and Transportation Vehicles and Systems. Thus, the department offers the widest range of career scopes in engineering. Due to this, the undergraduate program is designed to provide students with the ability to pursue careers in manufacturing, testing, research, development, design, technical management, technical sales and marketing, construction and teaching.

    MS program in Mechanical Engineering requires students to have at least a B+ average in the last 60 hours of the undergraduate program to be eligible.  The PhD program requires at least 12 credit hours comprising 4 courses and 18 research hours.

  • list items Areas of Expertise: Electric Vehicles; Mechanical and Manufacturing Systems; Applied Mechanics; Thermal/fluid Science; Automotive Engineering; Mechanics of Composite Materials and Structures
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    Materials Science and Engineering

    The department of Materials Science and Engineering offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The median starting salary of BS Graduates from this department averages $60,000.  Moreover, the faculty to student ratio is 1-to-10, which means that each student can get individualized attention. The department also offers a combined BS/MS degree along with MS in Materials Science and Engineering with a thesis and non-thesis option. Most Ph.D. programs prefer graduates of Clemson.

    Undergraduate research facilities are also available for students to improve their skills. The students can pursue many different careers after graduating from this department, including careers in metallurgy, ceramics, plastics, composites, analysis and testing, research and development, management, consulting, production and manufacturing etc. Graduate students not only enhance their skills learnt at the undergraduate level, but they also focus on new areas of study that are left untouched at the undergraduate level.

  • list items Areas of Expertise:  Polymers; Semiconductor Materials; Thermoelectrics; Molecular Simulations; Ceramics/Metals
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    Industrial Engineering

    The Department of Industrial Engineering ensures that not only are the facilities being provided up to date, but that there is also a proper staff available, for which the university itself pays to train and educate. The IE undergraduate program allows students to pursue a 4-year degree in the field. Moreover, there are many paths that can be pursued after getting the degree.

    This includes operations and supply chain analyst, usability analyst, manufacturing management, information engineering, computer systems design and development, quality and healthcare analyst etc.

    Students can also study the combined BS/MS programme in Industrial Engineering. Under graduate programmes, the department offers MS and MEng in Industrial Engineering and a PhD in Industrial Engineering. IE is one of the fastest growing fields, and the graduates of Clemson Industrial Engineering are demanded by many important companies like BMW, General Electric, Bank of America, ExxonMobil, Fluor Corp., Boeing and Microsoft etc. At the same time, undergraduate students also get the opportunity to design for off-campus clients.

    These clients include Greenville Health System, Glen Raven, Boeing, Milliken and Schneider Electric etc.

    Apart from these, graduates also take up professions such as:

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  • list items sales and marketing
  • list items management
  • list items consulting
  • list items research and development
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  • Areas of Expertise: Production and Service Systems; Education and Learning Systems; Human factors 


    Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

    The Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences offers multiple undergraduate and graduate degree programs, with some exciting minors available at the undergraduate level. The B.S. is being provided in Biosystems Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Geology. The studies can be furthered with M.S. in Biosystems Engineering, Environmental Engineering & Science, Environmental Health Physics, and Hydrogeology. Dr.Nicole Martinez, the head of the department, is an award-winning environmentalist with numerous accolades to her name including the Bo Lindell Medal. Various practical activities are conducted to help students understand the application of knowledge that is being imparted to them. The Biosystems engineering degree focuses on bioprocess engineering and ecological engineering.

    The Environmental Engineering Program focuses on subjects like water management and wastewater treatment, reducing toxicity of chronically toxic sites and sustainable development. This is the only program of its kind in South Carolina. At the same time, the graduates on an average earned a starting salary of $83,360 in 2014.

  • list items Areas of Expertise: Contaminant characterization/Fate/Transport; Hazardous and Radioactive Waste Treatment; Process Engineering; Environmental Restoration; Risk assessment and Waste Management 
  • list items List of labs: Center for Nuclear Environmental Science and Radioactive Waste Mgt
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    Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    The Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. The graduate program offers Master of Science (M.S.) (thesis/all coursework option) and Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D) degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. There is another programme called the M.Eng in Electrical Engineering available for off-campus students For undergraduate students, advisors are provided to help them plan their education route.

    There is a complete 4-year degree program: curriculum worksheets are present to understand the departmental requirements. The undergraduate program not only focuses on theoretical learning, but also on practical learning. Freshmen are required to complete a robotics project, using the MathWorks MATLAB software.

    There are many other projects like Creative Enquiry project and IDevice Laboratory Project etc. One key highlight of this program is the entrepreneurial approach of the degree, which can be pursued as a minor too. Research opportunities are provided at the undergraduate level to honors students. Moreover, summer online courses are available to fast track studies and graduate early.

  • list items Areas of Expertise: Electronics; Robotics/Controls; Power Systems; Communications/Digital Signal Processing; Computer Communications and Systems Architecture
  • list items List of labs: CU Electrical Power Research Association