Project Reports

Digital Twins to Increase Mobility in Rural South Carolina

Lead Principal Investigator – Paul Ziehl, The University of South Carolina
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Gurcan Comert, Benedict College; Mahmoud Bayat, The University of South Carolina

Project Status – Ended
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, The University of South Carolina, Benedict College

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Strategic Management of Limited Transportation Recourses to Support Mobility of Disadvantaged and Disabled Travelers during the COVID-19 Pandemic or Similar Situations

Lead Principal Investigator – Yu Qian, The University of South Carolina
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Ye Liu, The University of South Carolina; Gurcan Comert, Benedict College; Negash Begashaw, Benedict College

Project Status – Ended
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, The University of South Carolina, Benedict College

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Safe and Efficient E-Wayfinding (SeeWay) Assistive Navigation for the Visually Impaired

Lead Principal Investigator – Bing Li, Clemson University
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Gurcan Comert, Benedict College; Johnell Brooks, Clemson University; Aries Arditi, Visibility Metrics LLC
August 2019 – July 2022
Project Status – Ended
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, Benedict College, Clemson University

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Modeling Impact of Weather Conditions on 5G Communication and Mitigation Measures on Control of Automated Intersections

Lead Principal Investigator – Gurcan Comert, Benedict College
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Esmail Abuhdima, Benedict College; Chin Tser Huang, University of South Carolina; Pierluigi Pisu, Clemson University; Jian Liu, University of South Carolina; Chunheng Zhao, Clemson University
September 2020 – August 2022
Project Status – Ended
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, Benedict College, University of South Carolina, Clemson University

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Vision-based Navigation of Autonomous Vehicle In Roadway Environments With Unexpected Hazards

Lead Principal Investigator – Mashrur Chowdhury, Clemson University
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Mhafuzul Isam, Clemson University; Hongda Li, Clemson University; Hongzin Hu, Clemson University
August 2017 – December 2018
Project Status – Ended
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, Clemson University

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Framework for Accommodating Emerging Autonomous Vehicles

Lead Principal Investigator – Burak Eksioglu, University of Arkansas
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Matthias Josef Al Schmid, Clemson University; Nathan Huynh, University of South Carolina; Gurcan Comert, Benedict College; Dahui Liu, Clemson University
August 2018 – July 2022
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC $136,395, USC $26,906, BC $9,843, CU $32,019
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, University of South Carolina, Benedict College, Clemson University

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Evaluation of Before and After Measures to Curb Distracted Walking

Lead Principal Investigator – Judith Mwakalonge, South Carolina State University
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Jae Hong, South Carolina State University; Gurcan Comert, Benedict College 
August 2019 – May 2021
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC $43,029, SCSU $14,516, BC $7,000
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, South Carolina State University, Benedict College

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Attribution Theory and Collisions at Intersections

Lead Principal Investigator – Judith Mwakalonge, South Carolina State University
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Gurcan Comert, Benedict College; Saidi Siuhi, South Carolina State University
December 2018 – March 2021
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC $35,425, SCSU $10,713, BC $7,000
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, South Carolina State University, Benedict College

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Tool to Assess Effectiveness of Intermodal Facility Location and Carrier Collaboration

Lead Principal Investigator – Nathan Huyhn, University of South Carolina
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – William Ferrell, Clemosn University
December 2018 – June 2021
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC $79,999, USC $26,906, Clemson $20,055
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, University of South Carolina, Clemson University

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Assessment of Autonomous Vehicle Sharing for Evacuation and Disaster Relief

Lead Principal Investigator – Pamela Murray – Tuite, Clemson University 
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Nathan Huynh, Univerisity of South Carolina; Gurcan Comert, Benedict College
December 2018 – October 2020
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC $113,957, Clemson $22,000, USC $26,906, BC $10,000
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, Clemson University, University of South Carolina, Benedict College

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Detection of False Data Injection Attack in Connected Vehicles via Cloud-based Sandboxing Final

Lead Principal Investigator – Pierluigi Pisu, Clemson University (ICAR)
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Gurcan Comert, Benedict College
December 2018 – October 2020
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $58,000, Clemson – $22,000, Benedict College – $7,000
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, Clemson University, Benedict College

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Intelligent Camera Aided Railway Emergency System (i-CARES)

Lead Principal Investigator – Yu Qian, University of South Carolina
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Yi Wang, University of South Carolina; Dimitris Rizos, University of South Carolina
February 2019 – March 2020
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $50,000, USC – $32,276
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, University of South Carolina

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Data-driven Multimodal Transportation Energy Consumption Prediction and Analysis Framework for Sustainable Transit and Transportation Planning

Lead Principal Investigator – Yuche Chen, University of South Carolina
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Gurcan Comert, Benedict College; Nathan Huynh, University of South Carolina
October 2017 – July 2020
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $21,999, USC – $10,465, BC – $7,000
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, University of South Carolina, Benedict College

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Real – Time and Secure Analysis of Pedestrian Data for Connected Vehicles CVs

Lead Principal Investigator – Amy Apon, Clemson University
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Gurcan Comert, Benedict College; Mashrur Chowdhury, Clemson University
October 2017 – June 2020
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $56,360.00; Clemson – $18,595.00; Benedict – $5,680.00
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, Benedict College, Clemson University

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Uncertainty Quantification of Cyber Attacks on Connected Vehicles and Infrastructure

Lead Principal Investigator – Jim Martin, Clemson University
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Gurcan Comert, Benedict College
October 2017 – March 2020
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $62,900; Clemson – $31,450.00; Benedict – $8,950.00
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, Benedict College, Clemson University

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Assessment of Safety Benefits of Technologies to Reduce Pedestrian Crossing Fatalities at Midblock Locations

Lead Principal Investigator – Jennifer Ogle, Clemson University
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Mashrur Chowdhury, Clemson University; Dimitra Michalaka, The Citadel; Kweku Brown, The Citadel; Judith Mwakalonge, SCSU
October 2017 – December 2019
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $58,604.00; Clemson – $22,500.00; SCSU – $13,336.00; The Citadel – $6,802.00
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, Clemson University, SCSU, The Citadel

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Adaptive Signal Control Algorithms for Connected Vehicles

Lead Principal Investigator – Gurcan Comert, Benedict College
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Mashrur Chowdhury, Clemson University
October 2017 – March 2020
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC $8904.54, BC $4452.27
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, Benedict College, Clemson University

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Active Traffic Monitoring through Camera Networks with Automatic Camera Calibration for Pan – Tilt – Zoom Cameras

Lead Principal Investigator – Wayne Sarasua, Clemson University
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Kweku Brown, The Citadel; William J. Davis, The Citadel; Dimitra Michalaka, The Citadel
October 2017 – November 2019
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $35,186.00; Clemson – $22,500.00; The Citadel- $17,593.00
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, Clemson University, The Citadel

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Impact of Transportation on Air Quality at Elementary and Middle Schools in South Carolina

Lead Principal Investigator – Gurcan Comert, Benedict College
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Samuel Darko, Benedict College; Nathan Huynh, USC
October 2017 – November 2019
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC $18868.50, BC $9434.25
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, Benedict College, USC

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems Impact on Operational Efficiency and Connectivity

Lead Principal Investigator – Joseph M. Burgett, Clemson University
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Dennis Bausman, Clemson University; Gurcan Comert, Benedict College
December 2018 – December 2019
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $61,000; SCDOT – $49,893; BC – $8,950
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, SCDOT, Benedict College

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Infrastructure and Policy Needs for Personal Electric Mobility Devices in the Connected Vehicle World

Lead Principal Investigator – Judith Mwakalonge, South Carolina State University
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Mashrur Chowdhury, Clemson University; Jae Dong Hong, SCSU
October 2017 – November 2019
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $27,777.00; SCSU – $13,888.00
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, Clemson University, SCSU

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Assessing the Experience of Providers and Users of Transportation Network Company Ridersharing Services

Lead Principal Investigator – Eric Morris, Clemson University
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Mashrur Chowdhury, Clemson University; Sakib Khan, Clemson University; Judith Mwakalonge, SCSU
October 2017 – May 2019
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $56,287.00; Clemson – $42,556.00; SCSU – $6,952.00
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, Clemson University, SCSU

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Development of a Tool to Assess Effectiveness of Intermodal Facility Locations and Designs

Lead Principal Investigator – Nathan Huynh, University of South Carolina
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – William Ferrell, Clemson University
October 2017 – April 2019
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $95,000.00; USC – $25,387.00; Clemson – $22,500.00
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, USC, Clemson University

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Real Time Classification of Vehicle Types and Modes using Image Analysis and Data Fusion

Lead Principal Investigator – Robert Mullen, University of South Carolina
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Nathan Huynh, University of South Carolina
October 2017 – April 2019
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $50,000.00; USC – $25,085.00
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, USC, Clemson University

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Railway Right of Way Monitoring and Early Warning System (RailMEWS) Based on Satellite and Aerial Imagery

Lead Principal Investigator – Dimitris Rizos, University of South Carolina
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Robert Mullen, University of South Carolina
October 2017 – May 2019
Project Status – Active
Funding Amount – UTC – $50,000.00; USC – $25,045.00
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, USC, Clemson University

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Improved Resiliency of Transportation Networks through Connected Mobility

Lead Principal Investigator – Paul Ziehl, University of South Carolina
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Robert Mullen, University of South Carolina; Weichiang Pang, Clemson University
October 2017 – March 2019
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $ 95,001.00; USC – $25,005.00; Clemson – $23,000.00
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, USC, Clemson University

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Enhanced DSRC Security

Lead Principal Investigator – Richard Brooks, Clemson University
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Gurcan Comert, Benedict College
December 2018 – March 2022
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC $69,900, CU $22,00, BC $9,950
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, Clemson University, Benedict College

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Attribution Theory and Collisions at Intersections

Lead Principal Investigator – Judith Mwakalonge, South Carolina State University
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Gurcan Comert, Benedict College; Saidi Siuhi, South Carolina State University
December 2018 – March 2021
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC $35,425, SCSU $10,713, BC $7,000
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, South Carolina State University, Benedict College

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Tool to Assess Effectiveness of Intermodal Facility Location and Carrier Collaboration

Lead Principal Investigator – Nathan Huyhn, University of South Carolina
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – William Ferrell, Clemosn University
December 2018 – June 2021
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC $79,999, USC $26,906, Clemson $20,055
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, University of South Carolina, Clemson University

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Assessment of Autonomous Vehicle Sharing for Evacuation and Disaster Relief

Lead Principal Investigator – Pamela Murray – Tuite, Clemson University 
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Nathan Huynh, Univerisity of South Carolina; Gurcan Comert, Benedict College
December 2018 – October 2020
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC $113,957, Clemson $22,000, USC $26,906, BC $10,000
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, Clemson University, University of South Carolina, Benedict College

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Detection of False Data Injection Attack in Connected Vehicles via Cloud-based Sandboxing Final

Lead Principal Investigator – Pierluigi Pisu, Clemson University (ICAR)
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Gurcan Comert, Benedict College
December 2018 – October 2020
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $58,000, Clemson – $22,000, Benedict College – $7,000
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, Clemson University, Benedict College

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Intelligent Camera Aided Railway Emergency System (i-CARES)

Lead Principal Investigator – Yu Qian, University of South Carolina
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Yi Wang, University of South Carolina; Dimitris Rizos, University of South Carolina
February 2019 – March 2020
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $50,000, USC – $32,276
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, University of South Carolina

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Data-driven Multimodal Transportation Energy Consumption Prediction and Analysis Framework for Sustainable Transit and Transportation Planning

Lead Principal Investigator – Yuche Chen, University of South Carolina
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Gurcan Comert, Benedict College; Nathan Huynh, University of South Carolina
October 2017 – July 2020
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $21,999, USC – $10,465, BC – $7,000
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, University of South Carolina, Benedict College

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Real – Time and Secure Analysis of Pedestrian Data for Connected Vehicles CVs

Lead Principal Investigator – Amy Apon, Clemson University
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Gurcan Comert, Benedict College; Mashrur Chowdhury, Clemson University
October 2017 – June 2020
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $56,360.00; Clemson – $18,595.00; Benedict – $5,680.00
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, Benedict College, Clemson University

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Uncertainty Quantification of Cyber Attacks on Connected Vehicles and Infrastructure

Lead Principal Investigator – Jim Martin, Clemson University
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Gurcan Comert, Benedict College
October 2017 – March 2020
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $62,900; Clemson – $31,450.00; Benedict – $8,950.00
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, Benedict College, Clemson University

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Assessment of Safety Benefits of Technologies to Reduce Pedestrian Crossing Fatalities at Midblock Locations

Lead Principal Investigator – Jennifer Ogle, Clemson University
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Mashrur Chowdhury, Clemson University; Dimitra Michalaka, The Citadel; Kweku Brown, The Citadel; Judith Mwakalonge, SCSU
October 2017 – December 2019
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $58,604.00; Clemson – $22,500.00; SCSU – $13,336.00; The Citadel – $6,802.00
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, Clemson University, SCSU, The Citadel

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Adaptive Signal Control Algorithms for Connected Vehicles

Lead Principal Investigator – Gurcan Comert, Benedict College
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Mashrur Chowdhury, Clemson University
October 2017 – March 2020
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC $8904.54, BC $4452.27
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, Benedict College, Clemson University

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Active Traffic Monitoring through Camera Networks with Automatic Camera Calibration for Pan – Tilt – Zoom Cameras

Lead Principal Investigator – Wayne Sarasua, Clemson University
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Kweku Brown, The Citadel; William J. Davis, The Citadel; Dimitra Michalaka, The Citadel
October 2017 – November 2019
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $35,186.00; Clemson – $22,500.00; The Citadel- $17,593.00
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, Clemson University, The Citadel

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Impact of Transportation on Air Quality at Elementary and Middle Schools in South Carolina

Lead Principal Investigator – Gurcan Comert, Benedict College
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Samuel Darko, Benedict College; Nathan Huynh, USC
October 2017 – November 2019
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC $18868.50, BC $9434.25
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, Benedict College, USC

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems Impact on Operational Efficiency and Connectivity

Lead Principal Investigator – Joseph M. Burgett, Clemson University
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Dennis Bausman, Clemson University; Gurcan Comert, Benedict College
December 2018 – December 2019
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $61,000; SCDOT – $49,893; BC – $8,950
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, SCDOT, Benedict College

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Infrastructure and Policy Needs for Personal Electric Mobility Devices in the Connected Vehicle World

Lead Principal Investigator – Judith Mwakalonge, South Carolina State University
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Mashrur Chowdhury, Clemson University; Jae Dong Hong, SCSU
October 2017 – November 2019
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $27,777.00; SCSU – $13,888.00
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, Clemson University, SCSU

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Assessing the Experience of Providers and Users of Transportation Network Company Ridersharing Services

Lead Principal Investigator – Eric Morris, Clemson University
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Mashrur Chowdhury, Clemson University; Sakib Khan, Clemson University; Judith Mwakalonge, SCSU
October 2017 – May 2019
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $56,287.00; Clemson – $42,556.00; SCSU – $6,952.00
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, Clemson University, SCSU

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Development of a Tool to Assess Effectiveness of Intermodal Facility Locations and Designs

Lead Principal Investigator – Nathan Huynh, University of South Carolina
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – William Ferrell, Clemson University
October 2017 – April 2019
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $95,000.00; USC – $25,387.00; Clemson – $22,500.00
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, USC, Clemson University

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Real Time Classification of Vehicle Types and Modes using Image Analysis and Data Fusion

Lead Principal Investigator – Robert Mullen, University of South Carolina
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Nathan Huynh, University of South Carolina
October 2017 – April 2019
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $50,000.00; USC – $25,085.00
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, USC, Clemson University

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Railway Right of Way Monitoring and Early Warning System (RailMEWS) Based on Satellite and Aerial Imagery

Lead Principal Investigator – Dimitris Rizos, University of South Carolina
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Robert Mullen, University of South Carolina
October 2017 – May 2019
Project Status – Active
Funding Amount – UTC – $50,000.00; USC – $25,045.00
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, USC, Clemson University

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Improved Resiliency of Transportation Networks through Connected Mobility

Lead Principal Investigator – Paul Ziehl, University of South Carolina
Co-Principal Investigator(s) – Robert Mullen, University of South Carolina; Weichiang Pang, Clemson University
October 2017 – March 2019
Project Status – Ended
Funding Amount – UTC – $ 95,001.00; USC – $25,005.00; Clemson – $23,000.00
Sponsoring Organization – OST-R, USC, Clemson University

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