Looking to Make a Major Impact


Tanju Karanfil

In December, I received the exciting news that “little old Clemson,” to borrow a phrase from head football coach Dabo Swinney, had been reconfirmed as a Carnegie R1 institution of the “highest research activity.” This once lofty goal for a university known more for undergraduate education and its football prowess has been achieved through hard work, universitywide commitment to a shared vision and unprecedented growth in our research enterprise over the past five years.

We hope that growth is reflective of the impact our research is having. At Clemson, we are pushing to create new ideas, collaborate across disciplines and institutions, and pursue scholarship and scientific discovery with meaningful impact on society.

Throughout this magazine, you’ll read about the many ways our faculty members are doing that. Our researchers are using one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers to seek answers to pressing questions about the future of health care, transportation, the environment, finance, the global food supply and so much more. Our researchers are working to curb childhood bullying. They are sparking conversations about our culture, our history and our future. They are seeking treatments to some of the world’s most debilitating diseases and ailments. They are seeking more sustainable ways to feed the world.

We are working collaboratively — university leaders, faculty, post-docs, research associates, staff, students — to nurture a culture of curiosity and build a winning research team. I am proud of the advancements we have made together, and I am excited to see what the future holds.

Thank you for your support of scholarship and scientific discovery at Clemson University.


Tanju Karanfil
Vice President for Research



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