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Associate Professor - Mechanical Engineering

Clemson University
Charleston, SC

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Associate Professor - Mechanical Engineering

Charleston, SC
Open Date:
Feb 14, 2024





The Department of Mechanical Engineering inside the School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering (SMAE) at Clemson University invites applicants for the Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI) campus in North Charleston. The Department has a particular interest in applicants with expertise in modeling, simulation and advanced controls of wind turbines. The position is targeted at the level of Associate or Full Professor. CURI houses a $98M power facility initiated in 2009 from a $45M Department of Energy grant. The facility includes the Dominion Energy Innovation Center which contains the world’s most-advanced wind-turbine drivetrain testing facility capable of full-scale highly accelerated mechanical and electrical testing of advanced drivetrain systems for wind turbines. The Dominion Energy Innovation Center also houses the Duke Energy Electrical Grid Research Innovation and Development (eGRID) Center, a facility with real-time simulation and 20MVA hardware-in-the-loop capability.

Although all areas related to modeling, simulation, and control of wind turbine will be considered, a particular focus on dynamic load assessment, failure prediction, condition monitoring, and advanced control strategies for stable drive-train test-rig operation is using the existing facilities are key preferences. The applicants are expected to build a strong research program that attracts federal, state, and corporate funding by leveraging the state-of-the-art and unique drive train test rig facility at CURI.

The Department has over 35 tenured/tenure track faculty and full-time/part-time lecturers actively involved in research, teaching, and service endeavors. The Department occupies a modern research and education facility on the main Clemson, SC campus and has an enrollment of over 900 undergraduate and 200 graduate students. Clemson University is a public land-grant institution ranked in the top 25 public institutions in America, according to recent Wall Street Journal/College Pulse rankings and is classified as a Tier 1 Research Institution by the Carnegie Foundation. The Clemson campus is located between Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC, near Greenville, SC, along the I-85 corridor in the beautiful upstate of South Carolina. The Department has a graduate education center in Charleston, SC, with activities associated with the world’s most advanced wind-turbine drivetrain testing facility. Please see for the information on the department’s research areas, lab facilities, and faculty expertise.

The College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences (CECAS) at Clemson University is continuing to build a strong international presence in the power and energy area. With significant laboratory facilities on the main Clemson campus, the ICAR campus in Greenville and the Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI) campus in North Charleston, there are tremendous opportunities to advance research in the power and energy area. The main campus includes state-of-the-art real-time simulation facilities for research in intelligent control of the: electric grid, maritime ship power systems, and automotive energy systems. Additionally, Clemson University has a thriving undergraduate and graduate emphasis in power and energy systems. More information regarding the energy systems area for the CURI campus can be found at:


Candidates must possess a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field with the potential to develop an internationally recognized, interdisciplinary research program. Faculty are expected to actively contribute to the Department's core graduate and undergraduate teaching missions. Applications from women, members of underrepresented minority groups, veterans, and persons with disabilities will be particularly welcomed. Appointment to this position requires the receipt of the Ph.D. degree prior to the start date of appointment.

Application Instructions:

Application Instructions Applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching strategy, a statement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and a minimum of five references with full contact information. Application material should be submitted electronically at the following Web link:

Application material must be received by March 25, 2024 to receive full consideration, though the search will remain open until the position is filled. 

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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