Three projects, all led by endowed professors in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, won awards that recognize innovation in South Carolina. 

The 2020 InnoVision Awards include: 

Three endowed professors who lead projects that won InnoVision Awards are (from left): Srikanth Pilla, Delphine Dean and John DesJardins.

Three endowed professors who lead projects that won InnoVision Awards are (from left): Srikanth Pilla, Delphine Dean and John DesJardins.

  • The Ibrahim Janajreh Young Innovators Award:  The Clemson COVID Challenge Program, led by Delphine Dean, the Ron and Jane Lindsay Family Innovation Professor of Bioengineering. (Read more here.)
  • Technology Integration Award:  Clemson Composites Center, led by Srikanth Pilla, the Robert Patrick Jenkins  Endowed Professor of Automotive Engineering. (Read more here.)
  • COVID-19 Response – Technology Research: COVER Negative Pressure Chamber Project, led byJohn DesJardins, the Robert B. and Susan B. Hambright Leadership Professor of Bioengineering. (Watch the video here.)

InnoVision says its awards program is the only one of its kind, calling it “a grass roots, volunteer led non-profit made-up of businesses, organizations, universities, and individuals dedicated to finding innovation and technology in products, services, and education from across the state, and recognizing and honoring peers for achievements in their respective fields.”

Daniel Noneaker, the college’s associate dean for research, congratulated Dean, Pilla and DesJardins and their teams on the awards.

“The college had an outstanding showing at this year’s InnoVision Awards,” Noneaker said. “The awards underscore that faculty and students are rising to the challenges presented to them and conducting highly relevant, innovative research. Their work is a reflection of the robust, collaborative research environment we have nurtured in the college and the University. Each one of these honors is well deserved.”

To learn more about InnoVision and to watch the awards ceremony, click here. View the Clemson COVID Challenge at 33:53, the Clemson Composites Center at 53:24 and the COVER Negative Pressure Chamber Project at 15:17.