The SmartState Program was created in 2002 by the South Carolina General Assembly to help transform the state’s economy. Central to the program was the recruitment of world-class researchers and scientists to serve as Endowed Chairs at the state’s three research-intensive universities, Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the University of South Carolina (UofSC). The Endowed Chairs reside within SmartState Centers of Economic Excellence and use their positions to conduct research that leads to innovative technologies and spin-off companies, provides educational opportunities for students and creates a leadership and workforce pipeline.


SmartState Endowed Chairs

South Carolina’s SmartState Program is home to more than 50 SmartState Centers of Economic Excellence and nearly 75 SmartState Endowed Chairs based at South Carolina’s three research-intensive universities, Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina.

The SmartState Program and the Endowed Chairs are aligned with industry sectors critical to South Carolina’s economy and to the world. SC Innovates invites you to connect with the SmartState Endowed Chairs.


Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology

John Ballato Optical Materials/Photonics
Clemson University
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Brian Benicewicz Polymer Nanocomposites
University of South Carolina
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Eric Johnson Optoelectronics
Clemson University
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Jamie Lead Environmental Nanoscience & Risk
University of South Carolina
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Marek Urban Advanced Fiber Materials
Clemson University
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Automotive & Transportation (Logistics)

Zoran Filipi Automotive Design & Development
Clemson University
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Venkat Krovi Vehicle Electronic Systems Integration
Clemson University
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Scott Mason Supply Chain Optimization & Logistics
Clemson University
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Laine Mears Automotive Manufacturing
Clemson University
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Christiaan Paredis Automotive Systems Integration
Clemson University
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Biomedical

Robert Adams Stroke
Medical University of South Carolina
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John Brooks Effectiveness Research in Orthopedics
University of South Carolina
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Manuel Casanova Childhood Neurotherapeutics
University of South Carolina
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Kenneth Catchpole Health Facilities Design & Testing
Medical University of South Carolina
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Mark Chimowitz Stroke
Medical University of South Carolina
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Cynthia Corbett CEPS
University of South Carolina
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Christopher Cowan Neurosciences
Medical University of South Carolina
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Nancy DeMore Tobacco-Related Malignancies
Medical University of South Carolina
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Thomas DiSalvo Molecular Proteomics in Cardiovascular Disease & Prevention
Medical University of South Carolina
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Richard Drake Proteomics
Medical University of South Carolina
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Stephen Duncan Regenerative Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina
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Carol Feghali-Bostwick Inflammation & Fibrosis Research
Medical University of South Carolina
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Marvella Ford Cancer Disparities
Medical University of South Carolina / South Carolina State University
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Julius Fridriksson SmartBRAIN™
University of South Carolina
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Bruce Gao Advanced Tissue Biofabrication
Clemson University
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Jeremy Gilbert Regenerative Medicine
Clemson University
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Chanita Hughes-Halbert Prostate Cancer Disparities
Medical University of South Carolina
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Anjali Joseph Healthcare Facilities Design & Testing
Clemson University
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Leslie Lenert Healthcare Quality
Medical University of South Carolina
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Sue Levkoff SmartHOME®
University of South Carolina
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Xiaoming Li Healthcare Quality
University of South Carolina
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Sheldon Litwin Molecular Proteomics in Cardiovascular Disease & Prevention
Medical University of South Carolina
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Heshing Liu Brain Imaging
Medical University of South Carolina
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Anand Mehta Proteomics
Medical University of South Carolina
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Stephane Meystre Translational Biomedical Informatics
Medical University of South Carolina
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Martin Morad Regenerative Medicine
University of South Carolina
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Gavin Naylor Marine Genomics
Medical University of South Carolina
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Deepak Nihalani Renal Disease Biomarkers
Medical University of South Carolina
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Jihad Obeid Clinical Effectiveness & Patient Safety
Medical University of South Carolina
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Baerbel Rohrer Vision Science
Medical University of South Carolina
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Christopher Rorden Brain Imaging
University of South Carolina
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Kenneth Ruggiero Technology Center to Enhance Healthful Lifestyles
Medical University of South Carolina
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John Schaefer Clinical Effectiveness & Patient Safety
Medical University of South Carolina
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Souvik Sen Stroke
University of South Carolina
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Betty Tsao Inflammation & Fibrosis Research
Medical University of South Carolina
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Jeffery Twiss Childhood Neurotherapeutics
University of South Carolina
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Delia West Technology Center to Enhance Healthful Lifestyles
University of South Carolina
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Economic Development

Laura Cardinal Innovation + Commercialization
University of South Carolina
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Simon Hudson Tourism & Economic Development
University of South Carolina
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Mark Johnson Sustainable Development
Clemson University
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Energy/Future Fuels/Smart Grid

Theodore Besmann Energy & Nuclear Security
University of South Carolina
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Dan Gabriel Cacuci Nuclear Science & Energy
University of South Carolina
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Johan Enslin Smart Grid Technology
Clemson University
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Kevin Huang Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
University of South Carolina
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Jochen Lauterbach Strategic Approaches to the Generation of Electricity
University of South Carolina
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John Regalbuto Catalysis for Renewable Fuels
University of South Carolina
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Information Science

Wolfgang Dahmen Data Anaylsis, Simulation, Imaging & Visualization
University of South Carolina
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Sally McKee Cyberinstitute
Clemson University
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Pharmaceutical

Charles Bennett Medication Safety & Efficacy
University of South Carolina
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Carolyn Britten Gastrointestinal Cancer Diagnostics
Medical University of South Carolina
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J. Alan Diehl Lipidomics & Pathobiology
Medical University of South Carolina
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Mark Hamann Cancer Drug Discovery
Medical University of South Carolina
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John LeMasters Cancer Drug Discovery
Medical University of South Carolina
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Gustavo Leone Gastrointestinal Cancer Diagnostics
Medical University of South Carolina
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Zehal Li Cancer Stem Cell Biology & Therapy
Medical University of South Carolina

Mitzi Nagarkatti Cancer Drug Discovery
University of South Carolina
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Besim Ogretmen Lipidomics Drug Discovery
Medical University of South Carolina
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Igor Roninson Drug Efficacy
University of South Carolina
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Kenneth Tew Translational Cancer Therapeutics
Medical University of South Carolina
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Patrick Woster Cancer Drug Discovery
Medical University of South Carolina
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Xue Zhong Yu Biomedical Engineering
Medical University of South Carolina
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