Professor Brinkman

Prof. Brinkman

Kyle S. Brinkman, Professor and Department Chair, Materials Science and Engineering, Clemson University


Office: 161 Sirrine Hall, Materials Science and Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA
Phone: 864 656-1405
Fax: 864-656-5973


Postdoctoral scholar, Savannah River National Laboratory, 2007-2008
Postdoctoral fellow, The Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), National Advanced Institute of Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Japan 2005-2007
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), 2004
M.S. in Ceramic and Materials Engineering, Clemson University, 2000
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Clemson University, 1998


2018-Present: Professor and Department Chair, Dept. of Mat. Sci. & Engr., Clemson Univ., Clemson
2014-2018: Dean’s Associate Professor, Dept. of Mat. Sci. & Engr., Clemson Univ., Clemson
2012-2013: Program Manager, SRNL’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs (EERE) Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, SC
2011-2013: Principal Engineer, Science and Technology Directorate, Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL), Aiken, SC
2009-2011: Senior Engineer A, Materials Science and Technology Directorate, SRNL
2008-2009: Senior Engineer, Materials Science and Technology Directorate, SRNL
2010-Present: Graduate Faculty and Adjunct Professor University of South Carolina (USC), Mechanical Engineering Department (Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Program), Columbia, SC


Kyle Brinkman is the chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Clemson University in Clemson, SC. He leads a team of 21 faculty, over 220 total undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs and research staff with an annual combined teaching and research budget in excess of $11M. Brinkman received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering in 1998 and a Master of Science in materials science and engineering in 2000, both from Clemson. He graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland with a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering in 2004. Brinkman then served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Institute in Japan as part of a program sponsored by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science from 2005-2007. He later worked as a principal engineer in the Science and Technology Directorate of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River National Lab from 2007-2014. Brinkman joined Clemson as an associate professor in 2014.

He has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed technical publications and government reports, three patents and currently serves as an editor for the Journal of Materials Science by Springer Nature Publishing and Co-director of Clemson’s Nuclear NEESRWM “Nuclear Environmental Engineering Sciences and Radioactive Waste Management Center and a National Energy Technology Lab (DOE-NETL) ORISE Faculty Fellow.

He was the recipient of the Laboratory Director’s Early Career Exceptional Achievement Award, SRNL-DOE, 2011, the Fuel Cycle Research and Development (FCR&D) Early Career Researcher Award, DOE-NE, 2013, the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) Young Leader International Scholar Award (2015), the TMS Brimacombe Medalist Award (2020), the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers, ACerS/NICE Karl Schwartzwalder-Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering (PACE) Award and was elected a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACERS) in 2020. Clemson University selected him as the recipient of the Thomas Green Clemson Outstanding Young Alumni Award (2015) and the Murray Stokely Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2018).