Transforming Curriculum, Culture, and Community to Achieve Innovation, Adaptability, and Shared Vision


NSF RED Grant Recipient

In July 2017, the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering was awarded the National Science Foundation’s $2 million IUSE: RED Grant (Revolutionizing Engineering and Computing Science Departments). 

The goal of NSF RED is to develop a well functioning department with a focus on student success in attaining professional formation as engineers. Our motivation is to promote creativity and intellectual excitement while enlightening and empowering our students. Our RED program consists of three tactics: curriculum transformation, community and collective efficacy, and continuous improvement. The students, faculty and staff of the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering in the past year have enthusiastically accepted the challenge to breathe new life into our program and are excited to be involved in this undertaking.

Our Objectives

Overarching Goal

Transform the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering at Clemson University to be responsive to the rapidly evolving complex challenges
of highly interconnected and interdependent infrastructure systems, and to meet the changing societal needs of the 21st century.


Improved Diversity

The Glenn Department of Civil Engineering seeks to improve the diversity of its faculty and student body. Using key activities such as a peer mentoring program to improve retention, ambassadors to promote a feeling of connectedness and an advisory council to serve as a collective voice for undergraduate civil engineering students.


Explore Endeavors

The solutions for today’s engineering problems require innovation embedded within societal context. Our transformation involves our
curriculum, our culture, and our community to achieve innovation, adaptability, and shared vision.


Our goal is to establish an inclusive and collaborative environment to promote innovation, creative problem solving, and social responsiveness among students by weaving hands-on projects throughout the curriculum


Through workshops and other sponsored activities our goal with cultural transformation is to establish a shared vision for educational innovation across engineering departments at both Clemson and nationally.


We will adopt flexible structures to enable rapid adaptation to meet changing needs, and develop faculty to become enabling leaders who foster collective impetus for innovative change through shared values.

The Arch

Symbolic Foundation

The Arch is built upon a firm foundation of interpersonal relationships. Support is provided by faculty, staff, alumni, and industry partners throughout
their education. Courses provide opportunities to engage in projects and kickstart development of technical and professional skills and to help students
 hone their design and inquiry skills. 

Meet Our Team

Member Spotlights

Dr. Ashok Mishra

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Mishra is an Associate Faculty member in the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering. He is a member of the Water Resources group and received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 2007 from the Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur.

His research focuses include: (a) to quantify water security with an emphasis on coupled climate-human interaction under multiple extreme climate events, and (b) to utilize hydroclimatic (extreme) information for improving infrastructure management. Dr. Mishra use a combination of process-based and statistical methods to quantify non-linear relationships that exist between climate-water- human systems to address water security in a changing environment.  He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to water resources engineering.

Kendall Dakers

Student Spotlight

Kendall Dakers is from Woodruff, South Carolina and is a senior studying civil engineering with an emphasis in structures. Kendall is minoring in Spanish. In his free time, Kendall enjoys playing club basketball, participating in campus outreach, hanging with friends, and spending time with family. He also works as a Civil Engineering Mentor in the department’s CEMENT program.

Faculty members
Student programs
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Research Program