‘Superior Six’ honored at Littlejohn Coliseum
The six Clemson University alumni who were honored this spring in the Burton Gallery at Littlejohn Coliseum included four who were inducted into the Thomas Green Clemson Academy of Engineers and Scientists.
The inductees were Raymond E. Jones, Kenneth Smith, Sr., Chip Hood and Steven B. Tipping.
Fewer than 0.2 of alumni are inducted into the academy, the highest honor bestowed by the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences.
Two more alumni, Kavitha Arms and Walter Lee, received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, which is reserved for those 40 years old or younger.
Anand Gramopadhye, dean of the college, said that the honorees are leaving their mark in their own unique ways. The Gandhian philosophy– “be the change you wish to see in the world”– captures the spirit of how they have conducted themselves, he said.
“We will always cherish the fact that your Clemson education may have had a small role to play in your success,” Gramopadhye said.
Each honoree was recognized for outstanding career achievements, significant contributions to society through professional or service activities, or notable contributions to engineering or science practice.
Honorees are selected by a review committee made up of senior faculty members, alumni, the dean and college advisory board members.
Ron Grant, the director of the college’s PROMO group, said the decision to move the banquet to the coliseum was an inspired choice.
“This spring Coach Brownell and the Tigers brought the national spotlight back to Clemson basketball with an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16 – the first time in 21 years we’ve been there,” he said. “Tonight the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences is focusing the spotlight on its Superior Six.”
The 22nd annual induction ceremony brought together the honorees with family, friends, academy members, and some of the university’s top officials, including Robert Jones, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.
Tipping, who died in August 2017, was inducted into the academy posthumously and was represented at the ceremony by his wife, Lu Tipping and his three sons, Brandon, Christian and Justin.
The fall issue of IDEAS, the college’s twice-annual magazine, will feature interviews with this year’s winners, detailing their top accomplishments.You can see photos from this year’s banquet here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/clemsonuniversity/sets/72157696408874545