Several years ago, a middle-school student met this Tiger at a Clemson EMAGINE event, which seeks to inform, inspire and engage K-12 students in STEM careers. On the way home, the student announced to his mother, “I want to be a mechanical engineer!”

This Tiger is excited to inspire students and wants to ensure that as technology advances, we give them a good foundation from generation to generation.

Meet Oliver Myers.

Title: Associate professor in Mechanical Engineering

Years at Clemson: 3.5

What I do at Clemson: I work with non-destructive evaluation of composite materials. I use embedded magnetostrictive materials that I embed in the composites and use that as a sensor.

Additionally, I work with morphing structures, or shape-changing composite materials. These composite materials have two stable shapes and they can change the shape and behavior of a system depending on the shape that it’s currently in.

Recently, I started research in engineering education and am comparing summer Bridge programs for underrepresented groups.

What I love about Clemson: The university has such a family atmosphere, very cooperative and collegial. The passion that everybody has for the Clemson brand is unparalleled as to what I’ve seen at other institutions.

What was a defining moment for you at Clemson: The President’s Leadership Institute (PLI) experience. I enjoyed being able to talk with people who are current and future leaders of the institution and was thankful for the opportunity to share and grow with them. The PLI was just really incredible.

Accomplishment I’m most proud of: I recently won an Army research grant. It’s a five-year award – just under a million-dollar cooperative agreement with the Army Research Laboratory on non-destructive evaluation research. The main focus is for military applications for composite systems for aircraft, helicopters and helicopter blades, to make sure that the composites are working and maintaining their operational performance characteristics. You can use this technology to sense any damage in the structure as it occurs and as it propagates and elongates and then make the determination as to whether to repair the system or take the system out of circulation. It’s really a strong lead in moving the technology forward for the safety of our military personnel.

Where I see myself in five years: Still conducting research, but doing more work in upper-level administration as well. Either department chair or dean – something in that direction. I’d like to work on not only advancing the technology, but making sure that we are addressing the need to have diverse engineers – a diverse pool of candidates in engineering at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Last thing I watched on TV: I think it was a re-run of the Big Bang Theory.

Guilty pleasure: I’m addicted to exercise. I work out for two hours a day, five to six days a week. I’m training for the Marine Corps Marathon. I’m not a Marine, but my wife is.

One thing most people don’t know about me: I have a first-degree black belt in Kenpo.


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