Four new projects highlight strength of research environment at College of Engineering, Computing and Applied SciencesClemson News


CLEMSON – Four Clemson University researchers win some of the country’s top awards for young faculty, an honor that comes with new opportunities to advance technology that could lead to a more sustainable environment, robotic cars and an internet faster and more secure.

Eric Davis, Hongxin hu and Yunyi Jia won CAREER Awards from the National Science Foundation, while Judson Ryckman receives an award from the US Air Force’s Young Investigator Program.

The 2018-19 Early Career Award winners are (left to right) Eric Davis, Hongxin Hu, Judson Ryckman and Yunyi Jia.

The awards are reserved for early career faculty members and are celebrated in higher education as they are widely viewed as a sign that recipients are on their way to a successful career.

For undergraduate and graduate students, the awards provide new opportunities to conduct state-of-the-art research.

Anand Gramopadhye, the dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer Science and Applied Sciences, said the awards confirm that the college attracts some of the best junior faculty in the world and that they thrive when they arrive on campus.

“These four awards underscore that the college’s research environment remains strong and continues to grow,” Gramopadhye said. “I congratulate Drs. Davis, Hu, Jia and Ryckman. Their awards are a testament to their hard work, creativity and ability, while also confirming that they are among the best assistant professors in the country. Their research gives our students the chance to work at the cutting edge of technology.

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All of the recipients announced today received notification of their awards in the fall or spring semester of the 2018-19 academic year.

Below is an overview of each winner. Click on their names to learn more about their research.

Eric Davis, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. Davis and his team are researching new materials to lower the cost of large-scale energy storage technologies, such as redox flow batteries. Their success could mean that utilities would be able to feed more renewable energy into the electricity grid and reduce the amount of fossil fuel to be burned.

Hongxin hu, assistant professor and member of the dean’s faculty in computer science. The Hu team is developing new security features to protect computer networks from attacks. New security features include a virtual intrusion detection system that would detect attacks and a virtual firewall system that would repel them.

Yunyi Jia, assistant professor of automotive engineering. Jia and his team are studying what it will take to make people more comfortable with robots, including autonomous vehicles that drive themselves and the collaborative robots involved in advanced manufacturing. He plans to disseminate his findings to companies so that they can improve their products or manufacturing processes.

Judson Ryckman, assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering. His team is working to create smaller, more efficient photonic devices. The research could lead to improvements in a wide range of industries and products, including faster internet downloads and self-driving cars better equipped to navigate city streets.


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