Flowers to serve on Black Male Achievement Research Collaborative

Lamont Flowers

Lamont Flowers

Lamont A. Flowers, executive director of the Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education and distinguished professor in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education, has been invited to join the Black Male Achievement Research Collaborative (BMARC). The collaborative, in partnership with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, is dedicated to producing and disseminating accurate and quality data on the record, status and future direction of black males.

Flowers will serve for two years, writing and editing a research-practice-policy report on black male achievement, contributing to a special focus of the Journal of Negro Education and producing a range of publications that target policymakers, academic journals and popular media.

Clemson students unveil Deep Orange 3 at SEMA 2012

Deep Orange

Deep Orange

Want to know wh at kind of a car college students would design if they had the chance? Now you can.

Deep Orange 3, the third-generation Deep Orange vehicle prototype designed and engineered by automotive engineering students, was unveiled at the 2012 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, with more than 120,000 attendees and 2,000 exhibitors.

Working at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), the students have free rein to push the boundaries of conventional design and engineering. They designed the vehicle in partnership with Mazda North American Operations and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.

Deep Orange 3 features a unique TwinEngine hybrid powertrain that automatically chooses front-, rear- or all-wheel-drive; a load-bearing structure based on innovative sheet-folding technology patented by Industrial Origami; and a groundbreaking 3+3 seating configuration in sports car architecture all packaged in an exterior design created by students at the Art Center College of Design.

Paul Venhovens, BMW Endowed Chair in automotive systems integration, who leads the Deep Orange program, said the latest design not only provides solutions to the efficiency-vs.-sportiness debate, but also delivers driving pleasure, practicality and flexibility in a setting where everyone enjoys the ride. The vehicle accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds with a top speed of 125 mph, achieving 42 city and 49 highway miles per gallon.

Deep Orange runs the course of two academic years in parallel with Clemson’s two-year master’s program in automotive engineering. The program provides students with experience in financial and market analysis, vehicle design, development, prototyping and production planning, and gives them an opportunity to work with automotive industry partners to develop ideas.

According to Robert Davis, senior vice president of U.S. Operations for Mazda North American Operations and a Clemson alumnus, the experience students gain from Deep Orange makes them very attractive to industry. “These engineers will design and build the cars we drive tomorrow,” he said.

Students rewarded for design Astronaut teams up and creativity

Starboard Sandwiches

Starboard Sandwiches

The challenge:

Design a functional and creative package for a quick-serve chain kids’ meal and address how the plans could be altered to serve an additional purpose.

That’s what Clemson’s packaging science team started with. What they ended up with was “Starboard Sandwiches,” a colorful boat-shaped container that holds the drink in the center and the sandwich in the stern. The side of carrots sits on top of the sandwich; condiments, a straw and napkin fit in an opening at the front. A removable insert includes interesting facts and a coloring sheet. Best of all, the boat actually floats.

They walked away from the Paperboard Packaging Alliance’s eighth annual Student Design Challenge in Chicago with the third-place prize (and $1,000) for their design and creativity. Professor Andrew Hurley was the adviser for the team. This year, a record number of students from the U.S. and Canada participated in the challenge, with more than 200 students from 13 leading packaging and graphic design programs.

Gilbert honored as Presidential Endowed Chair

Juan Gilbert

Juan Gilbert

Professor Juan Gilbert has been named the first Presidential Endowed Chair in Human-Centered Computing. The Presidential Endowed Chair recognizes the accomplishments and dedication of current faculty at Clemson University.

“The inaugural Presidential Endowed Chair selection was particularly important because it sets the standard for all other presidential endowed chairs,” President Barker said. “We believe Juan Gilbert sets these standards at a very high level in his teaching, research, mentoring and service.” Gilbert is a professor and chair of the Human-Centered Computing Division in the School of Computing. At the forefront of his research is what Gilbert calls “innovative solutions to real-world problems.” His work addresses societal issues and integrates people, technology, policy, culture and more.

“This is a huge honor for the School of Computing and for me personally,” Gilbert said. “The funds I receive from the Endowed Chair will enable me to purchase equipment, fund students, travel, some faculty and/or post-doc salaries and more. We can do cutting-edge research at the moment of conception, and that gives us an edge.”

Researchers in Gilbert’s division gained national and international attention for multiple solutions-based technologies, including Prime III, an electronic, accessible voting system. This year, Prime III researchers put the system to use in official and mock elections around the country. Gilbert could tout many career accomplishments, but he is most proud of his students. About 10 percent of the nation’s African-American computer science faculty and Ph.D. students are at Clemson.

Provost Dori Helms said, “Endowed chair faculty stimulate the academic environment of the entire campus. They initiate, encourage and support the development of ideas and innovations that improve both social and economic well being of citizens in our state, region, country and even our world.”

Read more about Juan Gilbert’s current research at

Debate team begins season with a sweep

Debate team

Debate team

The debate team brought home multiple awards at the National Educational Debate Association tournament in Anderson, Ind. The Judge Harold E. Achor tournament, which marks the beginning of the season, was hosted by Anderson University.

Clemson took six teams to the tournament; three teams participated in the open competition, while three competed in novice. Clemson was awarded the overall team sweepstakes and also had the first-place teams and speakers in both the novice and varsity competitions.

Lindsey C. Dixon, director of forensics and lecturer in communications studies, coaches the debate team.