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Clemson professor gets tech award

A Clemson University professor whose research has helped advanced the manufacture of computer chips and solar cells has won an award that recognizes outstanding technical accomplishments.

Rajendra Singh is the 2014 recipient of the SPIE Technology Achievement Award.

He did some of the fundamental work in rapid thermal processing, a technology that helped lay the foundation for the $1-billion-a-year semiconductor manufacturing industry.

Singh’s work in rapid thermal processing also has been applied to solar-cell manufacturing, cited by other researchers around the world and featured in textbooks. Solar cells convert sunlight into energy.

The award is given annually by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

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Wofford inauguration to feature webcast

Wofford College will install Nayef Samhat as its new president during inauguration ceremonies at 10 a.m. April 25.

The event, free and open to the public, will be held on the lawn of Main Building. A picnic luncheon on the grounds will follow.

Wofford alumni and friends from around the country also will have an opportunity to view the inauguration online via live webcast ( In addition, a live Twitter feed will run with congratulations and notes. Use #welcomenayef to participate.

Samhat came to Wofford in July 2013 from Kenyon College, where he served as provost and professor of political science and international studies. Samhat has helped the college begin a strategic planning process, restructured the college’s Department of Marketing and Communications, and shared his vision for creating global citizens through a campuswide commitment to excellence, engagement and transformation.

Visit for additional information and a schedule of inauguration events.

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