Dr. Douglas Hirt has been named associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences. Dr. Hirt has served in an interim capacity since February of this year. With his experience as a faculty member, researcher and administrator, Dr. Hirt is well positioned to advance the research enterprise of the college. He has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering for more than 25 years and has served as department chair from 2009 until he assumed the interim associate dean’s role earlier this year. He was also director of the Clemson-based NSF Engineering Research Center for Advanced Engineering Fibers and Films.
Dr. Hirt’s research focuses on the surface modification of polymer films and fibers. He is a fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers. As associate dean Dr. Hirt’s two primary areas responsibility are supporting faculty as they seek and receive extramural funding and supporting the work of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.