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Clemson Young Alumni Council presents Ramakrishna Podila of Pendleton with 2019 Roaring10 young alumni award



CLEMSON ­– The Clemson Young Alumni Council has recognized Ramakrishna Podila of Pendleton with the Roaring10 award.

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Ramakrishna Podila

Each year, the Clemson Young Alumni Council names 10 alumni to its “Roaring10,” recognizing outstanding young alumni for their influence in business, leadership, community, education and philanthropic endeavors. The honor is given to individuals who exemplify Clemson University’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect and who have graduated from Clemson within the last 10 years.

Podila graduated from Clemson University with his Ph.D. in 2011. He is an assistant professor in the Clemson University physics and astronomy department. He is a tenure-track faculty member with a postdoctoral focus on biochemistry and the investigation of the physiological response to engineered nanomaterials.

In his career, Podila has authored more than 60 original peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals and holds two patents on novel roll-to-roll production for nanomaterial-based supercapacitors and self-powered wireless sensors. Podila helped establish the Clemson Nanomaterials Institute, serves as the lead organizer of the annual Nano Day at Roper Mountain Science Center and was recently selected as a “Faculty Fellow” by His Holiness Dalai Lama to teach physics for Buddhist monks. At Clemson, Rama helped bring new courses to life, such as electrochemistry and methods of spectroscopy.

The 2019 Roaring10 class was honored by the Clemson Alumni Association and the Clemson Young Alumni Council at a ceremony on Oct. 11 at the Madren Conference Center on Clemson’s campus.

The Roaring10 award program was developed in 2012 by the Clemson Young Alumni Council. The primary mission of Clemson Young Alumni Council is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to young alumni. Clemson Young Alumni Council exists to connect young alumni with the university, assist young alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus and to facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent young alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives. To learn more, go to

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