Clemson graduate to lead engineering department


Kyle Brinkman, a Clemson alumnus, is the new chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

After attending the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland for his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering, Brinkman served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Institute in Japan.

Brinkman has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed technical publications and government reports. He also currently serves as an editor for the Journal of Materials Science.

Robert Jones, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost said that Brinkman is well qualified to succeed Rajendra Bordia.

“I thank Dr. Bordia for his nearly six years of service as department chair and welcome Dr. Brinkman to his new role,” Jones said in the press release. “Dr. Brinkman’s research credentials, international experience and vision for a collaborative approach to the field of advanced materials will serve him well.”

One of Brinkman’s first big goals is to establish a council to help advise the university on investment in advanced materials. He is also planning to start faculty meetings over a meal several times throughout the semester, focusing on specific topics, which would encourage open discussion.

Bordia said in the press release that he is leaving the department in good hands.

“Dr. Brinkman is well positioned to lead the department, as it continues its tradition of excellence in research, education and scholarship,” Bordia said in the press release. “I look forward to working with him in his new role.



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