Gramopadhye named engineering dean at Clemson

Anand Gramopadhye, Clemson University’s associate vice president for workforce development and chairman of the industrial engineering department, has been named dean of the College of Engineering and Science, effective July 1. Professor Gramopadhye received his PhD in IE at UB in 1992, in the area of Human Factors Engineering. 

“Dr. Gramopadhye brings with him a wealth of leadership experience and the entrepreneurial skills necessary for building partnerships and developing strong research and educational programs,” said Provost Doris Helms. “These attributes are essential to position the College of Engineering and Science for national and international recognition as a leader in engineering and science education, research, technology innovation.”

“I am excited about the possibilities,” Gramopadhye said. “We want to be known for addressing the grand challenges facing us, creating world-class educational and research infrastructure, experiences and programs for our students; and graduating students who will be recognized nationally and internationally as leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs.”

Under his leadership, the industrial engineering department increased in enrollment, research and scholarship. It embarked on several strategic education and research initiatives in supply chain, logistics and optimization; a Health Systems Research Initiative; and additional applied research in global geographic areas, including India, China and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region.

As associate vice president for workforce development, Gramopadhye helped create the Center for Workforce Development, which partners with statewide K-12 institutions, technical colleges, industry and other academic institutions and centers inside and outside the state to address STEM – science, technology, engineering and math - issues to meet the needs of South Carolina’s 21st century knowledge economy. The center is home to the National Science Foundation Advanced Technical Education Center for Automotive and Aviation Education.

Gramopadhye‘s research focuses on solving human-machine system design problems and modeling human performance in technologically complex systems, such as health care, aviation and manufacturing. He has been principal investigator for more than 75 research grants and awards, generating more than $45 million in funding.

Gramopadhye has more than 300 publications and is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He was recognized twice by the National Academy of Engineering through the Frontiers in Engineering Program as one of the Top 60 engineers in the country and is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics.

Gramopadhye joined Clemson in 1992 as an assistant professor. He was named chairman of the industrial engineering department in 2003 and assistant to the dean of the College of Engineering and Science in 2010. In 2011, he was named associate vice president for workforce development.