Clemson’s first-ever Churchill scholar is working to strengthen our energy grid

January 12, 2023

Over the past several weeks, communities throughout the United States have dealt with rolling blackouts associated with winter storms. Grant Wilkins, Clemson University’s first-ever Churchill scholar, is working on a solution that will keep our power on and running smoothly in any weather.

Wilkins, a double major in computer engineering and mathematical sciences, is one of only 16 Churchill scholars selected this year from across the country in science, math and engineering.  

The scholarship, which funds one year of graduate study at the University of Cambridge, is widely seen as the most prestigious international STEM award for post-undergraduate researchers. Established in honor of Sir Winston Churchill, the scholarship program advances science and technology on both sides of the Atlantic. Only a select number of universities can nominate students for this scholarship.

This prestigious international award is indicative of Clemson University’s progress towards creating research and learning opportunities for our students that help them apply their skills and talents to make the world a better place. We are proud of Grant and excited to see what he will accomplish at Cambridge.


Wilkins plans to pursue a Master of Philosophy in Advanced Computer Science by working with Professor Richard Mortier, a world-renowned leader in the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart-grid development.

He also plans to get involved with the University’s SmartCambridge project, which explores how data, emerging technology and digital connectivity can be used to transform the way people live, work and travel.

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