University Contacts

The SmartState Program is designed to move university innovation into the private sector. We invite you to contact the research universities to learn more about current research, outcomes, investing, intellectual property, and licensing opportunities.

Clemson University

Dr. Tanju Karanfil
Vice President for Research
Email Dr. Karanfil

Catherine “Casey” Porto
Executive Director

Email Ms. C. Porto
Clemson University Research Foundation

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)

Dr. Kathleen T. Brady
Interim Associate Provost for Research
Email Dr. Brady
Learn More about MUSC Research

Michael Rusnak

Executive Director, Foundation for University Research

Email Mr. Rusnak


Dr. Lynn Veatch
SmartState Liaison
Email Dr. Veatch

University of South Carolina (USC)

Dr. Prakash Nagarkatti
Vice President for Research Carolina Distinguished Professor
Email Dr. Nagarkatti
Learn More about USC Research

William Kirkland
Office of Economic Development
Email Mr. Kirkland