Clemson University officials announced that Dr. John DesJardins has been named to The Hambright Professorship.

DesJardins, an associate professor of bioengineering and faculty founder of The Design and Entrepreneurship Network, is focused on creating the next generation of leaders in engineering.IP

“His unified commitment to creating a transcending educational and leadership experience is providing our students with the skills to not only fill the next generation of complex jobs but more importantly to create new ones,” said Dr. Anand Gramopadhye, Dean of the College of Engineering and Science.

DesJardins has developed and taught numerous Creative Inquiry courses, including an interdisciplinary Creative Inquiry—The Design and Entrepreneurship Network (DEN)—that allows students from all colleges to engage in company and idea innovation. DesJardins is also the 2012 winner of The Phil and Mary Bradley Award for Mentoring in Creative Inquiry.

He has mentored more than 75 senior design teams since 2011, which required him to form strong partnerships with Upstate healthcare providers. A few of these design teams have brought their technologies to The DEN for further entrepreneurial development, including Insita-Pro, a team designing a novel surgical tool for shoulder surgery in partnership with Greenville Hospital System. With this innovative design, the Insita-Pro team placed as a finalist in the 2014 Collegiate Inventors Competition.

DesJardins was awarded the College of Engineering and Science Murray Stokely Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013 for his mentorship and development of courses and student programs like The DEN.

DesJardins has been a leader in international programs since 2009. For example, DesJardins founded and directs the Spain bioengineering study abroad program in bioethics.

With his collaborators’ support, DesJardins is patenting innovations that include the development of novel polymer materials for total join replacement, new knee implant designs, and novel 3D printing methods for medical devices.

He is now helping lead Clemson’s participation in the 2015 Pathways to Innovation Program. As part of the program, he and the team are working to take the university’s entrepreneurship and innovation programs to the next level, and The DEN is a leader in that effort.

DesJardins has been a leader in international programs since 2009. He founded and directs the Spain bioengineering study abroad program in bioethics.


About The Hambright Professorship:

The Hambright Professorship was established in the College of Engineering and Science thanks to a contribution from Robert Benjamin Hambright and his wife, Susan Bindseil Hambright. The professorship recognizes a sustained record of excellence in leadership, teaching, research, scholarship and service and is aimed at developing opportunities for leadership and education in students. Mr. Hambright received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Clemson in 1970 and went on to become division president and CEO for Balfour Beatty Construction. Mrs. Hambright, who graduated from Furman University, is a CPA and has served on numerous nonprofit boards.