Clemson IE is pleased to announce that Emily Huffer, a sophomore from Maryville, TN, has received an ACC Fellowship Award in Creativity and Innovation for her participation in the research project entitled: “Creating Mobile Learning Systems in a Perioperative Environment.” Her fellowship award is a significant honor that very few Clemson students were selected to receive this year. Huffer is part of the research team led by Dr. Kevin Taaffe that has been developing a mobile application to help hospital staff, clinicians and managers coordinate more efficiently as patients move through hospital procedures. The ACC Fellowship Award provides a stipend, which Huffer plans to use this fall during the development of the user-testing phase of the project.
Huffer, an industrial engineering major and member of the Calhoun Honors College, earned Clemson IE’s 2017 Sophomore Academic Achievement Award and has been recognized by several honor societies for her academic performance. She credits her early successes to the Industrial Engineering faculty who have enhanced her experience by pairing the rigor of the undergraduate program with undergraduate research opportunities in healthcare. In addition to her academic pursuits, Huffer is committed to service through teaching and inspiring others at Clemson and in the local community. She serves on the Honors College Ambassador Committee, as an undergraduate General Engineering teaching assistant, and as the community service chair for her Living-Learning Community (Women in Science and Engineering Residence.)
Huffer is making plans to continue to gather both work and classroom experience that support her career goals of applying industrial engineering systems improvements to the healthcare industry. This summer she plans to complete an internship in Raleigh, NC. Huffer is also investigating options for graduate school, which includes Clemson University’s joint master’s degree program.