Galen Helfter sits in front of two giant computer monitors in his corner office on the 14th floor of Cascade Plaza in Akron, Ohio. The 24-year-old looks out over the landscape and manages a basic, yet succinct summary of his surroundings: “I seriously can’t believe this is my office.” Next month, Helfter and four others will become the first graduates of the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center, part of Clemson University’s Restoration Institute innovation campus in North Charleston.
On Friday, Clemson University will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open its brand new $21.5 million Zucker Family Graduate Education Center, a 70,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility that will help shape the future of the state’s engineering landscape for generations to come.
A renewable energy expert who has held several leadership positions in industry and academia will play a central role in building Clemson University’s new research and graduate education programs at its fast-growing site in North Charleston.
A growing number of advanced manufacturing companies in the Lowcountry want their professional employees to seek graduate degrees in engineering and science while they work, but the opportunity to pursue those degrees in the region has been limited.
Clemson University officials broke ground Thursday for a $21.5-million building that will help shape the future of the state’s engineering landscape for generations to come.