Residents in Science and Engineering (RiSE) Program

RiSE Staff

For general inquiries concerning the RiSE program you may contact one of the staff members below or call us at 864-656-2541. We are located on the first floor of Lever Hall. You can also tweet us, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram in order to learn more about this exciting community.

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Philip Mathis

RiSE Director

Philip Mathis


  • B.A. History, University of Kentucky
  • M.S. Kinesiology & Health Promotion; emphasis in Sports Leadership, University of Kentucky

Professional Activities

  • SEAHO Delegate
  • Living-Learning Community Council Representative
  • Member, NACADA

Philip joined RiSE in August of 2014. He is a native of Danville, Kentucky and a two time graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he earned both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees. Prior to joining the Clemson family, Philip served as a staff member for the Office of Residence Life at the University of Kentucky for eight years. Most recently, Philip served as the House Director for the Sigma Chi Fraternity at UK, where he was responsible for chapter and facility operations, student development and advising, programming, and curriculum development. He has also served in various other roles, including: class instructor, Director of Workshops and Programs for the University of Kentucky Cultural Diversity Festival, Lead Director and Creator of Assessment Based Programming, and as a Student Conduct Hearing Officer.

Philip has a strong passion for student success and the student experience. He loves engaging and forming lasting relationships with students as they grow, learn, and develop during their collegiate years.

When away from work, Philip loves to watch and attend sporting events, travel and explore, learn new hobbies, and play video games. He is a foodie, technology and gadget lover, a self-proclaimed "social media junkie," and an enthusiast of the outdoors.

Dr. Todd Schweisinger 

Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering & RiSE Program Faculty Director

Todd Schweisinger


  • B.S. Physics, University of California @ Irvine
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University

Professional Activities

  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)

Dr. Schweisinger teaches classes and advises undergraduate research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He also champions excellence in delivery of the undergraduate Mechanical Engineering laboratory experience, and he serves as RiSE Program Faculty Director.

Dr. Schweisinger joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2008 as a lecturer and the Undergraduate Laboratory Coordinator. He advises several Creative Inquiry Teams emphasizing multi-disciplinary product design and development.

Dr. Schweisinger enjoys learning from his students as much as he does teaching. In addition to the formal curriculum his Clemson experience included learning how to host a radio show on WSBF, Shag Dance in the Brooks Center, SCUBA dive in Fike, whitewater kayak on the Chattooga River, sail, water ski, and wakeboard on Lake Hartwell, and he made several life-long friends. However, many of his favorite leisure activities have not changed since he was teenager; for example, he still enjoys roller skating, racquetball, mixing dance music on his turntables, and spending time outside with family and friends.

Dr. Christopher Norfolk 

Lecturer of Chemical & General Engineering, RiSE Faculty Fellow

Chris Norfolk


  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Clemson University
  • M.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame
  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame

Work Experience

  • Consultant, Advanced Materials
  • Program manager, SCRA Applied R&D, Advanced Materials Division
  • Postdoctoral Research, Army Research Laborator

Dr. Norfolk's work with SCRA allowed him the opportunity to work in the area of prosthetics for wounded warriors. His work in this field along with his colleagues has gained regional and national recognition; major awards include the Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award (2011), the Przirembel Prize for Collaboration in Technology and Product Development (2012), and the Gold Stevie ® for Technical Innovation of the Year (2013) from the American Business Awards.

The child of a career service member (United States Army), he has a deep appreciation for the military heritage at Clemson. In his spare time he enjoys brewing mead, car repair, and home renovations.

Dr. Brad Putman

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering & RiSE Faculty Fellow

Brad Putman


  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Clemson University
  • M.S. Civil Engineering, Clemson University
  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Clemson University

Professional Activities

Dr. Putman has been a member of the faculty of the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering since 2005. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of construction materials and pavements. His research, which has focused on sustainability and performance aspects of materials used in civil engineering applications, especially pavements, has been sponsored by federal and state agencies as well as industry partners. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in civil engineering, Dr. Putman is passionate about injecting creativity and communication skills into engineering education.

Dr. Putman is the faculty advisor for the Clemson Concrete Canoe Team (3CT) and the Clemson chapter of Chi Epsilon, the civil engineering honor society. He also mentors several Creative Inquiry teams doing research on a variety of topics related to civil engineering, creativity, and STEAM education topics.

In his free time, Dr. Putman enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughters. He enjoys running and training for marathons, which helps him keep a clear head. As a Clemson graduate, Dr. Putman is also a huge Clemson sports fan.

Laura Shick

Lecturer of Statistics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences & RiSE Faculty Partner 


Laura Shick


  • B.S. Textiles, University of Delaware
  • M.S. Statistics, University of Delaware

Professional Activities

  • Summer Reading Facilitator
  • Student Advisor
  • Mentor Creative Inquiry Teams
  • Faculty Fellow Service Learning
  • Faculty Fellow Critical Thinking Initiative (CT2)
  • Member Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board (AAODB)

I came to Clemson in 2005 after many years in both academia and business and industry. My teaching philosophy is to help students understand that Statistics is everywhere in our everyday lives, and the course is nothing to be afraid of. I teach using a very hands-on process which may include projects that build on each unit. Students have done Paper Airplane projects for the past several years, and most will tell you how helpful and fun this was. In more advanced classes I use Service Learning programs where we adopt a non-profit. This past year's project proved so exciting to the students that they asked to turn this into a Creative Inquiry so that they could continue to work on the project with the client.

I am very excited about joining the RiSE team so that I can continue to challenge youthful minds to explore alternative points of view about statistical reporting in the news.

Erin Beach

RiSE Graduate Assistant for Residential Learning

Erin Beach


  • B.S. Psychology, The University of Virginia's College at Wise
  • M.Ed. Counselor Education (in progress), Clemson University

Professional Activities

  • Living-Learning Community Council Representative
  • Treasurer, Clemson University Student Personnel Association
  • Member, South Carolina College Personnel Association (SCCPA)
  • Member, NASPA

Erin coordinates RiSE programs and supervises the RiSE tutoring team.

Before moving to Clemson, Erin worked as an Academic Tutor and Resident Advisor at UVa-Wise for two years. She worked as a GA for Student Disability Services at Clemson University before coming to work for the RiSE program in May 2014.

Erin is from Pennington Gap, Virginia. Her hobbies include riding horses and reading. She is currently working towards obtaining her M.Ed. in Counselor Education (Student Affairs).

Christine Pajewski

RiSE Graduate Assistant for Public Relations & Assessment

Christine Pajewski


  • B.S.Ed. Kinesiology, The University of Virginia
  • M.Ed. Counselor Education (in progress), Clemson University

Professional Activities

  • Member, South Carolina College Personnel Association (SCCPA)
  • Member, Clemson University Student Personnel Association

Christine joins RiSE as the Graduate Assistant for Public Relations and Assessment.

Before moving to Clemson, Christine interned with the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors and the Virginia Athletic Foundation.  She graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2014 with a B.S.Ed. in Kinesiology and a minor in sociology.

Christine is from Charlottesville, Virginia.  Her hobbies include swimming, cycling, and she has recently started training for triathlons.  She is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in Counselor Education with an expected graduation date of May 2016.

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