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Endowed SmartState Chair - Automotive Systems Integration

Clemson University
Greenville, SC

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Endowed SmartState Chair - Automotive Systems Integration

Greenville, SC
Open Date:
Dec 8, 2023

Clemson University’s Department of Automotive Engineering, within the newly created School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, is searching for a leader to serve as the BMW- and South Carolina-endowed SmartState Chair in Digital Systems and Cyber Physical System Design domains. This tenure-track faculty position is funded with a $10 million endowment and is considered one of the most prestigious chairs in the United States via South Carolina’s SmartState Program (

The vision of this position is a person who establishes an internationally-recognized research program around the digital systems, and design and realization of complex systems, with automotive-focused products/processes as the demonstration platform. The position is open to a wide interpretation of this ideal, from the digital thread in automotive systems and manufacturing, electronic integration, software system integration, or a vehicle realization standpoint.

The SmartState Chair will be able to provide intellectual input to the $100-Million Virtual Prototyping of Autonomy-Enabled Ground Systems (VIPR-GS) research center and be part of the center’s leadership team.

Further, the position may also provide intellectual input to the Deep Orange vehicle development education program (, the flagship educational program of the Department of Automotive Engineering.

The position will include a competitive salary, a startup package, and an annual discretionary fund to support the research, education, and translational vision of the SmartState center. Internationally reputed individuals with scholarly excellence and leadership in complex systems realization, both from industry and academia, are invited to apply. The successful candidate is expected to work closely with the industry and be a researcher, entrepreneur, mentor, and educator.

The Department of Automotive Engineering is a fully integrated tenure-granting graduate department within the College of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Science at Clemson University. The department offers MS and Ph.D. degrees in Automotive Engineering and is partially funded with $36 million in endowments. The department is located on Clemson’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) campus in Greenville, South Carolina, which currently houses 20 on-site campus partners. It is engaged with over 130 industry partners, including top global manufacturers and suppliers. More information about CU-ICAR and the Automotive Engineering Program can be found at and


Leading candidates should possess the following:

  • A Ph.D. or equivalent in a relevant technical discipline (such as Computer Science, Automotive, Electrical, Mechanical, Systems, Aerospace Engineering);
  • Renowned scholarship and research areas of special interest include:  
    • Cyber-Physical Systems Design and Integration: Engineering design, systems engineering, system of systems (metasystems), sustainable by design, electronics/mechatronics control, or cyber-physical systems design; other areas relevant to automotive systems design, integration, and testing are welcomed.
    • Digital Engineering: Strong focus on simulation and modeling, and the accompanying verification, validation, and test, possibly addressing simulation approaches for the whole vehicle, vehicle attributes, individual systems, component-level modeling, control systems, and integration. Other considerations for focus include different levels of fidelity, from highly resolved modeling and real-time models to hardware in the loop and reduced-order approaches. AI-enabled complex system analysis
    • Digital Manufacturing Processes: Industry 4.0, AR/VR, Cyber-Manufacturing, data science, machine learning, and AI enabling intelligent manufacturing, Internet of Things (IoTs), computational modeling, optimization of advanced manufacturing processes, simulation, and high-performance computing in the context of advanced manufacturing: other areas as relevant to automotive systems digital manufacturing thread.
  • A strong knowledge and experience base in global automotive technologies with significant connections to the industry;
  • The qualities of an “entrepreneurial scholar.” This means an individual who converts a vision into reality through superior strategic planning and execution skills, while leading the intellectual exploration of new methods, processes, and tools for vehicle development;
  • A research and funding track record or demonstrated management of research groups, programs, and associated budgets;
  • Experience as an educator, graduate student advisor, or mentor in academic/industrial settings;
  • A grand vision to establish a SmartState center focused on their area of expertise.

Application Instructions:

Application packages should be submitted via Interfolio ( and include the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Research Statement
  • Teaching Philosophy/Mentoring Activities/Vision
  • Contact Information for 3 Professional References (name, email address, and phone number)

Applications will be reviewed starting February 15, 2024, and will be accepted until this position is filled. The expected start date of the position is August 2024.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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