Clemson, technical colleges sharing NSF grant

Clemson University said Thursdsy it is among the colleges sharing a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to advance the talent in pipeline in aerospace, automotive and advanced manufacturing.

“This is a great example of teamwork, and it reflects the incredible quality of our faculty, staff and students,” Clemson University President James Clements said. “A big part of what has made the state of South Carolina successful in economic development is our ability to collaborate with other colleges to create the pipeline of talent that industry needs.”

The recipient of the funding is the Center for Aviation and Automotive Technological Education Using Virtual E-Schools.


Collaborating colleges include South Carolina Advanced Technological Education, Greenville Technical College, Florence-Darlington Technical College and Spartanburg Community College.

Clemson participants come from the department of industrial engineering, the department of mechanical engineering, the department of engineering and science education and the school of computing.

“The grant is fantastic news, not only for Clemson but the whole state,” College of Engineering and Science Dean Anand Gramopadhye said. “South Carolina’s auto industry is booming, and the number of aerospace jobs has grown 600 percent in five years. This program is widening the talent pipeline and making it more diverse through a collaborative effort. The renewal by NSF is a testament to the quality of the collaborative team assembled. The need is clear and urgent. Our continued prosperity will hinge on whether we can keep the talent flowing.”

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