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Welcome our newest Professors, Dr. Suzanne Roat & Dr. Ming Yang

September 8, 2020

Our department is proud to officially welcome Dr. Suzanne Roat and Dr. Ming Yang to Clemson University.

Dr. Suzanne Roat is joining our Department as a Professor of Practice. Dr. Roat enjoyed an exciting and rewarding 28-year career working in the oil and gas sector primarily for Chevron Corporation before returning to her alma mater to teach Process Design and Unit Operations Laboratory classes.

Throughout her career, Dr. Roat leveraged her undergraduate Chemical Engineering degree from Clemson (1985) and Master of Science (1987) and PhD (1991) work focused on nonlinear optimal control (both in Chemical Engineering at University of Tennessee, Knoxville) into a full career of supply chain optimization.

When she’s out of the office, Dr. Roat is enjoying more time scuba diving, including becoming a PADI-certified scuba diving instructor.  She has been as deep as 114 meters and dives with a closed-loop rebreather system.

Our department is also very excited to welcome Dr. Ming Yang to Clemson University. Dr. Yang is joining us from General Motors, where he worked as a Senior Researcher for several years. He now serves our department as an Assistant Professor.

His research interests include Catalysis, Advanced Materials, Reaction Engineering for Energy and Environmental Applications.

Dr. Yang holds two Bachelor’s degrees from Tianjin University and Nankai University. He received his Master’s from Tianjin University and holds a doctoral degree from Tufts University.

Outside of work, Dr. Yang loves soccer, sport cars, and traveling. He’s traveled to 45 of the lower 48 states in the past 5 years!



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