The world’s largest society for the human factors and ergonomics profession is awarding its highest recognition to Anand Gramopadhye, dean of Clemson University’s College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences.
Gramopadhye learned that his colleagues in the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society elected him Fellow just as he was beginning his ninth academic year as dean of Clemson’s largest college.
Among those offering their congratulations was Robert Jones, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.
“The induction of Dr. Gramopadhye as a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is a testament to his credentials not only as a visionary administrator and campus leader but also as an exemplary scholar and researcher in the discipline,” Jones said. “Let me take this opportunity to congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition.”
Fellows are recognized for their “outstanding achievement, consistently superior professional performance, exceptional contributions, personal service to the society, and other meritorious accomplishments by society members,” according to the society.
Gramopadhye said he was humbled to receive the recognition.
“Throughout my career I have been very fortunate,” he said. “I have had the opportunity to work with incredible and highly dedicated students, passionate colleagues, inspiring mentors, and a university that has given me the support and freedom to pursue academic excellence. To them I will always be indebted.”
Gramopadhye’s research focuses on solving human-machine design problems and modeling human performance in technically complex systems, such as health care, aviation and manufacturing.
He served as principal investigator on more than 75 research grants and awards from multiple agencies, ranging from the National Science Foundation to the U.S. Department of Energy. Gramopadhye has served as committee chair for 17 Ph.D. students and 54 master’s students, yielding more than 300 peer-reviewed publications that have been continually cited by other researchers.
His contributions to Human Factors and Ergonomics Society publications span more than 27 years. His service to the society also includes reviewing paper proposals, chairing technical groups and organizing technical sessions and a best-paper competition, to name a few examples.
Gramopadhye’s contributions to the profession extend beyond the society. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers and served as editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics.
The National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers in Engineering program twice recognized Gramopadhye as one of the top 60 engineers in the country.
Gramopadhye joined Clemson as an assistant professor of industrial engineering in 1992 and served as chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering from 2003 until he was selected as dean in 2013. Prior to becoming dean, he also served as Clemson associate vice president for workforce development and helped create the Clemson University Center for Workforce Development.
As dean, he oversees a college with 12 departments and more than 7,000 students, South Carolina’s leading source of graduates in engineering, computing and applied sciences.
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