This Tiger came to Clemson as a graduate student and never left because she loves the environment, teaching and seeing “that light go on” in her students. Learn how she accomplished her goal and made history in the process.

Meet Rose M. Lowe.

Title: Senior lecturer

Years at Clemson: 20 in the School of Computing; 1.5 working with CCIT (formerly known as DCIT)

What I do at Clemson: I teach undergraduate computer science courses and have taught a number of courses over the past 20 years. I am also an academic advisor for undergraduate students including performing graduation checks for all graduating seniors. I am a member of the Common Reading Committee (formerly the Summer Reading Committee) as the representative for the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences. Finally, I work with National Association of Black Engineers (NSBE).

What I love about Clemson: Clemson is a great place to work! I especially love Clemson’s sense of family and community, its strong academic programs and the emphasis that Clemson places on its core values: integrity, honesty and respect.

Accomplishment I’m most proud of: Academically, I am most proud of being the first African-American female to receive a Ph.D. in computer science at Clemson. I was completing a survey a few weeks ago and I started thinking about it, so I asked personnel in my department if I was the first African-American female to receive a Ph.D. in computer science at Clemson. We talked a little, and I went to my class. When the class ended, I had received an email confirming that was the case. It was exciting to discover that little bit of knowledge. I accomplished my goal and made history in the process. Perhaps my journey will inspire and encourage someone else.

Personally, I am proud that my husband and I have raised four children who are now successful adults. I am also proud of my faith. One of my favorite scriptures is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”

Where I see myself in five years: I am retiring in May, so the next five years will be different. I would like to to see myself still mentoring students and spending more time doing volunteer work, traveling and spending time with my grandchildren.

Last thing I watched on TV: The Simone Biles story.

Guilty pleasure: Watching reruns of The Golden Girls!

One thing people don’t know about you: Most people do not know that I am an avid amateur astronomer. Whenever possible, I view the planets: Saturn, Jupiter, Venus and Mars. I am still trying to find Mercury, Neptune and Uranus.  I also view the moon, nebulae and galaxies. I check my deep space calendar to see what exciting events will be happening throughout the month.

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