Clemson University Feature Stories

Ross Beppler, Electrical Engineering ’14: Scholar, Leader, Researcher

Date Published: February 28, 2014

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“Everyone has heard of the ‘Clemson Family,’ and I like to describe the Honors community as my immediate family within that larger group. My best friends, most influential mentors, and advisers are all in Honors.”

Ross Beppler, a senior electrical engineering major from Johns Creek, GA, has made the most of his Honors experience at Clemson. He currently serves as an Honors Ambassador for the college, and shares his experiences with prospective students as a way to give back to the organization that has afforded him so many experiences. Ross traveled to Nicaragua during winter of 2011 with Engineers Without Borders leading a project to add a building to an existing school.

As Vice President of the Blue Key Honor Society, Ross aids in organizing campus events such as “Tigerama,” a student-run pep rally, as well as “The Pursuit,” an Amazing Race-style fundraiser supporting the Student Emergency Fund. Outside of his academic and Honors commitments, Ross volunteers as a soccer coach at the local YMCA and with the City of Clemson. For him this is a way to unwind from his studies while giving back to the Clemson community.

Most notably Ross completed research with Dr. Leidy Klotz on topics including engineer decision-making and sustainability. He will conclude his collegiate career with a Departmental Honors research project with Dr. Elham Makram on transmission planning. Upon graduation, Ross will pursue either a career or graduate degree in engineering public policy.

Advice: I realized is that it’s much more important to find things that are meaningful and enjoyable and give 100% to those endeavors. Building relationships is just as important as building a resume.

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