Paul Alongi

Paul Alongi is a news and feature writer for the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences.

Articles by Paul Alongi


Brent Beason first traveled to Slater Mill on a sales call with his father in 2000. In 2016, with the mill facing closure, Beason returned to purchase it, saving 57 jobs and creating new ones. His company is one of many breathing new life into the textile industry by sharpening its focus on advanced materials.

New urine test could reduce need for blood samples

If you’ve been to the doctor, you probably know what to do when you’re handed a plastic cup and shown to the bathroom. Most patients hand over the sample and give little thought to what happens when it’s shipped to the lab for analysis. Chemistry professor Ken Marcus and his students are the exceptions. They have […]

Engineered for Success: Tony Elliott ’02

Fans of Clemson Tigers football may recognize Tony Elliott. You’ll find him alongside Dabo Swinney on Saturdays in the fall, figuring out how to penetrate defenses and move the ball across the goal line. Elliott serves as co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach, but his connection to the university runs all the way back to […]

Peanut Butter Jelly

New film shines light on Clemson’s Hollywood connection One jellyfish fires projectiles from a sunken airplane, and another retaliates with a blast from a ship’s canon. What caused all the fuss? A jar of peanut butter that had fallen off a boat and drifted to the coral reef below. The animated short, “Peanut Butter Jelly,” showcases the increasing […]

Soccer Dad by Day, Star-Gazer by Night

Astrophysicist Sean Brittain straddles two worlds Sean Brittain has used some of the world’s most powerful telescopes to study the chaos swirling around a young star about 335 light years from Earth. Huge chunks of rock are slamming together to form what could be the first planets of a budding solar system. Back home in […]

Valerie N. Pezzullo M ’14

Graduating and Giving Back Valerie Pezzullo had two things to celebrate this spring: She received her master’s degree in mechanical engineering and took first place in MTConnect Challenge 2, a contest to develop innovative and unique software applications for manufacturing. Pezzullo’s software application detects vibrations in metal-cutting machines so that corrections can be made before […]