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Creating a community. That’s how this Tiger describes his work in the Design and Entrepreneurship Network – or DEN. In the DEN, he works with students to make their ideas a reality.

Meet John DesJardins.

Title: Robert B. and Susan B. Hambright Leadership associate professor of bioengineering

Years at Clemson: 20

What I do at Clemson: I conduct research in orthopedics, rehabilitation, implant design and sports medicine. I teach biomedical device design to students. Each year, I run a summer study-abroad program in Spain, where the students learn bioethics. I lead the DEN and our University Innovation Fellows program (a.k.a. change agents). Finally, I empower students with opportunities to broaden their horizons.

What I love about Clemson: Clemson has the nicest people on the planet. I have been around the world and I have to honestly say that we are the best. Go Tigers!

My defining moment at Clemson: Dec. 21, 2006 in Littlejohn Coliseum, being hooded for my Ph.D.

Accomplishment I’m most proud of: Raising my two sons, Rowan and Liam

Where I see myself in five years: Finally on my first sabbatical to Europe!

Last thing I watched on TV: I have been binge-watching Vikings on Hulu. Long live Ragnar Lothbrok!

Guilty pleasure: I am a sucker for mint chocolate chip ice cream.

One thing most people don’t know about me: I speak German. In 1986, I spent a year as an exchange student in Germany and have been through checkpoint Carlie into East Berlin.

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