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Clemson’s first doctoral hooding ceremony, Dec. 17, 2015.

CLEMSON — From the first doctoral degree awarded in 1955 in plant pathology to Donald Peterson of Ludington, Michigan — when “a reading knowledge” of French and German was required for plant pathology and Coach Frank Howard led the Tigers to a 7-3 record — to today, Clemson has awarded 4,534 Ph.D. sheepskins. Click the  graphic for Ph.D.s by the numbers.

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In previous years, doctoral graduates were hooded during graduation ceremonies. This year, Clemson started a new tradition of a separate hooding ceremony, which is common at many other universities.

Clemson Ph.D.s are leading, building, farming, teaching and discovering around the world, leaving paw prints from the depths of the oceans to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. A few of them are highlighted here.

Julie Trudel

Julie Trudel

Julie Trudel, Ph.D. in Bioengineering, 2001
Program director at Medtronic

Trudel works in the Coronary and Renal Denervation business unit of Medtronic, where products to treat narrowed or obstructed blood vessels around the heart, as well as products to reduce blood pressure, are developed and commercialized.

In 2011, Trudel was chosen to lead the cross-functional core team that developed the new generation of products for renal denervation, and in 2014, she was chosen to lead the cross-functional therapy team working on renal denervation for the treatment of hypertension.

“Clemson prepared me very well for the first 10 years of my career,” she said. “The excellent curriculum in bioengineering introduced me to a variety of disciplines, such as histology, analytical chemistry, biomechanics, cell biology, etc. I also had the chance to learn from a very competent team of faculty members and staff members at Clemson. In addition, my thesis and dissertation adviser, Dr. Martine LaBerge, has been a strong role model for me throughout my formation.”

Dan Stanzione Sr., Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1972
President of Bell Labs from 1995 to 1999; worked for Bell Labs from 1972 to 1999.
Chief operating officer of Lucent Technologies, 1997-2000

daniel-stanzioneStanzione joined Bell Labs in 1972 and went on to become its eighth president after a 22-year career as a software scientist and business manager.

Throughout his early career at Bell Labs he had a significant role in the development of signal processing and software technologies and was part of the team that invented the first single-chip digital signal processor in 1979.

During the 1980s, he held a variety of positions in the planning and development of large software systems for business operations in telecommunications companies. He was appointed president of the Network Systems Business Unit in AT&T, the organization that became the core of Lucent Technologies. He went on to become the chief operating officer of Lucent.

Stanzione is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE); has published papers on computer simulation, microprocessors and software design; and has been granted four patents.

Kevin Hoffman, Ph.D. in Entomology, 1992
Environmental Program Manager I for the California Department of Food and Agriculture.Kevin Hoffman (1)

Hoffman works for the Pest Detection/Emergency Projects Branch of CDFA and directs the statewide invasive pest-detection programs designed to detect new introductions into California of harmful invasive insect pests. He also helps plan and direct emergency projects in response to such detections.

He joined CDFA on a two-year temporary appointment as an insect biosystematist on the 1994-1996 Mediterranean fruit fly eradication project in Los Angeles and later accepted a permanent position in the department. In 2004, he became California’s primary state entomologist and he was promoted to his current position in 2011.

“Clemson prepared me for the my duties as a biosystematist by providing an excellent systematics education from Dr. John Morse’s lab. My experience with Clemson as an identifier for the Extension Service also helped me appreciate the importance of pest identification to stakeholders. And lastly, the opportunities to teach at Clemson developed my ability to train and supervise others, which I continue to use to this day.”

Almeda R. Jacks, Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, 2009
Vice president for student affairs, Clemson University

Over a 30-year period, Jacks has served the university as housing director, dean of students and vice president for Student Affairs. She retired in 2006, but continued to working with Clemson and Tri-County Technical College to create the Bridge to Clemson Transfer Program and as an adjunct faculty in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education.

After retirement, Jacks worked with Keeling & Associates as a senior consultant for executive searches for student affairs, enrollment management, academic affairs and other positions in higher education.

She returned to Clemson in December 2014 as interim vice president for the Division for Student Affairs and was named permanent vice president in early 2015. She currently oversees many aspects of student life, including the Center for Career and Professional Development, Student Health Services, Law Enforcement, Fire/EMS, Emergency Planning and University Housing and Dining Services.

“My husband, Putt, and I enjoy a very full life with family, friends and most especially our son, Errett, who just happens to be a Clemson graduate too.”

Dan Stanzione Jr., Ph.D. in Computer Engineering, 2000
Executive director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

dan-stanzioneStanzione is a nationally recognized leader in high-performance computing. He was appointed deputy director of the TACC in June 2009 and assumed the executive director post July 1, 2014.

He is the principal investigator for several leading projects, including a multimillion-dollar National Science Foundation grant to deploy and support TACC’s Stampede supercomputer over four years. Stanzione is also the principal investigator for TACC’s upcoming Wrangler system, a supercomputer designed specifically for data-focused applications.

Stanzione served for six years as the co-director of the iPlant Collaborative, a large-scale National Science Foundation life sciences cyberinfrastructure in which TACC is a major partner. In addition, Stanzione was a co-principal investigator for TACC’s Ranger and Lonestar supercomputers, large-scale National Science Foundation systems previously deployed at the University of Texas at Austin. He previously served as the founding director of the Fulton High Performance Computing Initiative at Arizona State University and served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Policy Fellow in the National Science Foundation’s Division of Graduate Education.

Mark Faulkenberry, Ph.D. in Entomology, December 2008
Program and Support Section chief for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources: Bureau of Forestry: Division of Forest Health

Faulkenberry leads a team that provides planning, support, consultation and training for all the Bureau of Forestry’s statewide forest pest-suppression programs.

“Along with the technical knowledge Clemson made sure I picked up all of the other skills vital to any career: effective writing for a wide range of audiences; interpretation of research, results and claims; public speaking; high organizational skills; and courage,” he said.

“It’s easy to miss it when you are insulated there on campus, but Clemson is far-reaching and its people are everywhere. If you are not yet proud to be a Tiger, you should be.”