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Clemson University Receives $1.4 DOT Award For Research Into Traffic Elimination Technology.

WSPA-TV Share to FacebookShare to Twitter Greenville, SC (1/17, Hampton) reports that the Department of Transportation has awarded Clemson University $1.4 million which, in addition to a partnership with the DOT, will help the university “create accessible wireless technology for all cars and traffic signals.” Researchers at the university have developed a formula which teaches “a traffic signal hub to reason like a human.” Dr. Mashrur Chowdhury, professor of Civil Engineering, is quoted as saying, “Connected cars will lead to driverless cars. In order to make driverless cars affordable, we need to have this connectivity. ... This can solve significant problems we are having in transportation. So, the primary purpose of these connected vehicles actually is to save lives.”

The Upstate Business Journal (SC) Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (1/17, Anderson) reports the university’s research “could ease traffic woes across South Carolina and beyond” using wireless technology which “enables vehicles to communicate with each other, pedestrians and infrastructure.” The university has said the $1.4 million from the DOT “will be used to establish the new Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility.” Dr. Chowhurdy will lead the center, which will also house “researchers from Benedict College, The Citadel, South Carolina State University and the University of South Carolina.”

Women face equality struggles in Clemson engineering programs

Mike Eads , 4:58 p.m. EST November 26, 2016

Women who aspire to be engineers have to deal with a men’s club in university classes, labs and workplaces.

“During my three years at Clemson, I have had five women professors,” said Crystal Pee, a junior from Myrtle Beach studying chemical engineering and business administration. “In my engineering classes, I have only had two women professors; therefore, 10 percent of my classes have had a woman professor.”

Women claimed just 26 percent of all engineering degrees awarded in 2013 and 30 percent of all STEM graduates in the United States, according to the advocacy group Women in Science and Engineering. They make up just 19 percent of Clemson’s engineering faculty, and account for only 35 percent of all faculty throughout the university.

The numbers aren’t any better for Clemson students. Pee said her engineering classes are “approximately 70 percent men and 30 percent women.”

Women, diversity in STEM focus of $3.4 million grant to Clemson

CLEMSON – Clemson University has launched an initiative to create an inclusive academic culture so women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to enter and remain in academia.

The initiative is funded with a $3.4 million grant from a National Science Foundation (NSF) program called ADVANCE: Increasing Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers. Along with the initiative, nicknamed Tigers ADVANCE, is a greater goal: to build a culture that encourages diversity, inclusiveness and acceptance.

“The impact these STEM fields have on our society is immeasurable,” said Robert Jones, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Clemson and co-principal investigator of the grant. “We need diverse ideas and perspectives in the academy and in our workforce to tackle the greatest challenges we, and future generations, will face.”

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