Clemson Young Alumni Council presents the 2019 Roaring10 young alumni awards


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The Clemson Young Alumni Council’s 2019 Roaring10 (from left): Tyler Andrew Brown, Harold P. Hughes, Ryan D. Lee, Martin Tiller, Amanda Jane Hobbs, Ramakrishna Podila, Samantha Lynn Bauer, Lt. Benjamin J. Winter,, Nadia Nadim Aziz and Dominique Jordan Sensabaugh.

CLEMSON – The Clemson Young Alumni Council has named 10 alumni to its “Roaring10,” recognizing these 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.

The 2019 Roaring10 honorees are:

Nadia Nadim Aziz  – Bachelor’s ’09 (Clemson University), J.D. ’13 (Charlotte School of Law)
Nadia Nadim Aziz of Arlington, Virginia, is the interim co-director and policy counsel for “Stop the Hate” for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C. In this role, she is an advocate to strengthen the capacity of communities to combat hate, support individual victims of hate crimes and hold perpetrators of hate accountable. Read more.

Samantha Lynn Bauer – Bachelor’s ’10, Parks Recreation and Tourism Management
Samantha Bauer of Greenville is the sales and marketing manager for Zen Greenville, an elegant event space and event planning company. She serves her community by volunteering for a variety of organizations, including Serenity Place, United Way Hands on Greenville Day, Habitat for Humanity and the Harvest Hope Food Bank. Read more.

Tyler Andrew Brown – Bachelor’s ’09, Forest Resource Management, Master’s ‘10, Forest Resources
Tyler Brown of Columbia serves as the Conservation Districts program manager for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Brown is an active hunter-education instructor teaching future hunters safety and ethics. In 2013, Brown was asked to serve on the Clemson University Forestry Curriculum Reaccreditation Committee as a young alumni representative to the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Read more.

Amanda Jane “AJ” Hobbs – Bachelor’s ’14, Industrial Engineering, Master’s ’16 (Purdue University)
Amanda Jane “AJ” Hobbs of Atlanta is a consultant with Goldratt Consulting, where she analyzes operations and implements solutions based on the Theory of Constraints. In an effort to support parity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, Hobbs serves as a member of Drew Charter School’s STEAM Advisory Board and has presented at both Drew Charter School and the Carl G. Renfroe Middle School. Read more.

Harold P. Hughes – Bachelor’s ’08, Political Science and Economics, ’14, Master’s in Business Administration
Harold Hughes of Austin, Texas, is the founder and CEO of BandwagonFanClub Inc., a fan analytics company built to help teams identify and engage the fans who show up on game day. Hughes is a professional public speaker at conferences and conventions that focus on sports, analytics and blockchain technology. He currently serves as a board member for the Pi Alpha National Alumni Coalition. Read more.

Ryan D. Lee, Bachelor’s ’09, Accounting, Master’s ’12 (Medical University of South Carolina)
Ryan Lee of Roanoke, Virginia, is the chief operating officer of LewisGale Medical Center, a 506-bed hospital in Salem, Virginia. LewisGale Medical Center is a part of the HCA Healthcare system, a Fortune-100, for-profit operator of health care facilities. Read more.

Ramakrishna Podila – Ph.D. ‘11
Rama Podila of Pendleton 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. Read more.

Dominique Jordan Sensabaugh – Bachelor’s ’12, Political Science
Dominique Sensabaugh of Charlotte is the creator and curator of Dominique Sensabaugh Lifestyle Brand, which is dedicated to motherhood, philanthropy and empowerment. She is a prolific philanthropist with a desire to inspire her peers to impact the world positively. Sensabaugh recently published Inspired V.1 where she features stories of entrepreneurs, mission-makers, fellow philanthropists and unconventional artists. Read more.

Martin Tiller – Bachelor’s ’10, Financial Management
Martin Tiller of Clemson is the business development and leader of Event Rentals of Anderson. He is also the owner and founder of Orange Property Management in Clemson. In support of the Clemson family, both of Tiller’s businesses focus on employing students and alumni. Event Rentals provides services for Clemson signature events, including the Clemmy’s, many athletic and academic banquets and, most recently, the National Championship celebrations. Read more.

Lt. Benjamin J. Winter, USN – Bachelor’s ’13, Mechanical Engineering
Ben Winter of Roanoke, Virginia, currently serves as a lieutenant in the United States Navy. He is one of the first eight sailors selected to pilot the Navy’s newest special operations undersea combat platform. He has completed three overseas deployments and led 60 sailors on seven missions vital to national security. Read more.

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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