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Clemson Announces Center for Advanced Manufacturing

Dec 08, 2017 01:26PM ● By Kathleen Maris

Clemson University announced the creation of its Center for Advanced Manufacturing, which will become the centerpiece of the university’s commitment to education, research, innovation, and workforce development in support of an industry sector that is vitally important to the future of South Carolina.

From 2011-2016, manufacturing job growth in South Carolina increased 16 percent and manufacturing now accounts for 11 percent of the state’s total employment. Since 2011, companies representing more than 30 countries have pledged to bring nearly 50,000 manufacturing jobs to South Carolina through corporate relocations or expansions, and the state has enjoyed record exports each of the last seven years.

Many of those companies — from industry sectors as diverse as automotive, aerospace, medical device-makers, and home appliances — are attracted to the state because of the proximity to leading research universities such as Clemson.

Clemson already has strength in several areas related to advanced manufacturing, which will be aligned through the creation of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing. Additionally, the university will increase its commitment to education and research related to advanced manufacturing with an emphasis on meeting the needs of the state’s key employers and industry sectors.

The center will be part of the university’s College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences where more than two dozen of Clemson’s leading faculty members are currently engaged in teaching and research related to advanced manufacturing. It will be closely aligned with Clemson’s Office of External Affairs to ensure that the work done through the center is well positioned to meet the needs of South Carolina’s leading employers, as well those companies looking to locate in the state.

The new center will include the following existing university resources:

·       Clemson Composites Center,

·       Clemson’s Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Center,

·       Center in Product Lifecycle Management,

·       Clemson University Center for Workforce Development,

·       Center for Automotive Aviation and Virtual E-Schools,

·       Clemson Vehicle Assembly Center and

·       The Deep Orange program at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research.

Clemson’s existing research strengths — and its planned commitment to investing additional resources in areas related to advanced manufacturing — position the university to be a leading provider of engineering talent and research expertise designed to meet the full spectrum of needs for companies in advanced manufacturing-related industries.

“Our goal for Clemson’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing will be to create a world-class enterprise dedicated to interdisciplinary research and translational activities related to all aspects of advanced manufacturing,” said Anand Gramopadhye, dean of the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences. “Clemson and our state is the epicenter of advanced manufacturing in the nation; we are the home to some of the nation’s brightest students and most knowledgeable faculty, ideally suited to helping lead future innovations in advanced manufacturing that have the potential to transform the South Carolina economy for generations to come.”