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Melissa McCullough, Bioengineering employee – October 18, 2021

Bioengineering employee Melissa McCullough died on Monday, October 18, 2021.

Clemson’s Bioengineering’s department is holding a remembrance of Melissa McCullough on December 1, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Watt Family Innovation Center. All are invited to help honor and remember McCullough’s time at Clemson. Visit this link to attend.

After McCullough’s time in the military and later as an engineering contractor, she came to Clemson University as a lab manager and a Ph.D. student.

For the past seven years, McCullough worked to prepare the next generation of engineers to be team leaders ready to engage in diverse multi-skilled team environments.

Awarded the 2017 Frank A. Burtner Award for Excellence in Advising for her work in mentoring and advising students, establishing Clemson Bionics (biology inspired engineering) and helping the Clemson LGBTQ+ community, in 2019, McCullough was among 60 U.S. service members and veterans named to the 11th class of Tillman Scholars.

McCullough’s doctoral work focused on making healthcare more accessible for broad populations. Remembered for her enthusiasm and energy she brought to all her projects and for her teaching and training, McCullough worked tirelessly to train and educate up-and-coming engineers. She helped to set up and optimize the REDDI lab facilities to facilitate large COVID-19 testing loads.

McAlister-Smith Funeral & Cremation has additional information online.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has many resources to support employees during this time. Counseling services, through the EAP provider Deer Oaks, are available 24/7 by calling 1-866-327-2400.

Students who need support should be referred to Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 864-656-2451.