David Vaughn

David Vaughn
Clemson University | CU · College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

BS Civil Engineering Technology

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Introduction
David currently serves as a Professor of Practice within Clemson University’s College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences; the Director of Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries; and a Subject Matter Expert to the Department of Homeland Security, he is a former Fluor Fellow, Director of Resilience Solutions, and Secretariat of the World Economic Forum – Disaster Resource Partnership (WEF DRP). He founded and developed Fluor’s Business Continuity and Disaster Management Solutions.
Additional affiliations
June 2017 - present
Clemson University
Position
  • Managing Director
Description
  • He supports the mission of the RESA Center which is to improve human resilience through effective risk understanding, communication, management, and response by bringing together current industry problems and state-of-the-art research.
May 2017 - present
Clemson University
Position
  • Managing Director
Description
  • He is primarily role is to mentor a class of students with Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries (CEDC) who dedicate their efforts to assisting the people of Haiti.
September 2015 - present
Clemson University
Position
  • Professor of Practice
Description
  • My role with Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries will allow for the development of a program that will engage industry, tackle real world issues and develop students that will achieve acumen from a practical, professional and technical standpoint.
Education
August 1988 - August 1990
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Field of study
  • Civil Engineering Technology

Publications

Publications (214)
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Haiti has the worst drinking water indicators in the Western Hemisphere and access to improved water sources has not dramatically improved for over two decades. This limited success despite hefty investments can be attributed to a variety of reasons including lack of community involvement and lack of long-term support of operation and maintenance f...
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This paper presents a successful ongoing partnership between Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries (CEDC) and a concrete masonry unit (CMU) manufacturing plant in rural Haiti. The infrastructure destruction and resulting loss of life of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti highlighted the need for improved building materials and codes. This partnershi...
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Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries (CEDC) is a multi-level, immersive service-learning program that provides sustainable solutions aimed at improving the quality of life of the Central Plateau of Haiti in which students lead design, planning, and project implementation. CEDC operates under a corporate organizational structure, including ver...
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To tackle the societal grand challenges of the 21st century, this article proposes that the concept of translational research has valuable applications within a broad engineering context to better prepare the professionals of the future. Translational research is commonly found in the medical field and closely related disciplines, but there is limi...
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Origami Emergency Shelter’s mission is to design a compact, cost-effective, and safe shelter that families can utilize to protect themselves in the event of a disaster situation when their primary shelter is damaged. An origami emergency shelter could provide an immediate housing solution for those in the wake of disaster before relief teams can re...
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Ram Pumps can help provide water into areas without the use of electricity. The groups mission is to create a functioning ram pump design that will allow people in Cali, Colombia to get water into settlements in a cost-efficient manner. A ram pump utilizes the energy of water flow to mechanically send water from one point to another without the use...
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Since integrating the Marketing and Branding, Cultural Engagement, and Communications groups of CEDC, this team has worked hard to maintain a smooth transition and continue providing services for CEDC members. Our focus is threefold: content creation, program development, and research and strategic planning. The group’s structure as a functional gr...
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1 in 4 people around the globe suffer every day from preventable water-borne illnesses. Clean water is the solution to helping developing communities thrive. The DIY Water Filter team will design and create an inexpensive, low-resource intensive, and sustainable water filter using the basic core components of a plastic, 5-gallon bucket, manufacture...
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Photovoltaic systems provide a source of renewable energy and provide a level of resilience that more conventional forms of electricity do not. The groups mission is to promote resilience and sustainability in South Carolina using solar power installations and educational materials. In order to accomplish this, we will covert our makerspace, HERDS,...
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Malnutrition runs rampant in Haiti, with 1 in 5 children being malnourished and half the country experiencing food insecurity. Resources to produce adequate food are few and far between, specifically in tilapia farming, where farms operate at a fraction of their productive capacity due to the high expense of imported fish feed. This group's mission...
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Founded as a Land Grant University in 1889, Clemson University hosts a wealth of resources available to the community. Over the years, Clemson's involvement in the community has lessened. We believe the resources at Clemson can be extremely beneficial in assisting low-capacity communities prepare for natural disasters. We believe the most effective...
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The Project Management team works within CEDC to coordinate our project groups. The Team guides projects through the problem identification and solution development process. Management is responsible for overseeing completion of deliverables and ensuring the quality of the documents. The management structure was altered to compensate for the reduce...
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Use technology, such as Microsoft Teams, to support CEDC and aid in creating technological solutions in our organization and project teams. The members of Technical Solutions are responsible for maintaining, updating, and improving the website with the use of WordPress. Aside from the website, Technical Solutions provides support for CEDC’s needs a...
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This semester, CEDC has worked to continue its connections with our partners in communities in Haiti, Guatemala, Colombia, and South Carolina. The projects are making great progress towards their goals while communicating virtually with communities. Though our course is mainly in-person, we continue to hold meetings virtually. This helps ensure lan...
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Our initial goal last semester was to thoroughly understand the history of Anderson County, located 17 miles southeast of Clemson, and evaluate its current state. After this was done, an analysis of the problems Anderson faced led us to conclude that aiding the homeless would prove to be the most beneficial use our efforts. After making this moment...
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The Humanitarian Engineering Research and Design Studio is a student-led maker space developed to use experiential learning in a simulated resource constrained environment to pioneer sustainable engineering solutions for underserved communities.
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Land grant universities, including Clemson University, have gradually reduced their community involvement. In order to combat this, Clemson needs a “front door” where individuals from the University and the community can present projects that need to be addressed This level of engagement will be beneficial to all parties involved including communit...
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This is the second semester of the partnership between Centro Universitario de Zacapa (CUNZAC) in Guatemala and Clemson University Clemson and CUNZAC will baseline the current conditions and needs of the village of Azacualpa then create a community development plan to empower the town to improve quality of life and sustainability of future projects...
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There are multiple aquaculture farms owned by community members in Ba Cange, located in the Central Plateau of Haiti Despite using their available resources, these farms are not producing at their full capacity This group’s mission is to implement the production of a lower priced fish food in Haiti that will stimulate aquaculture production by usin...
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In rural Colombia, potentially farmable land is abundant but also has a lack of electricity and water sources Hunger and poverty are still very present in some parts of Columbia There is also a lack of specific resources ( electricity, education) to start farms in potential areas These farms could help relieve hunger and poverty issues Without taki...
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The project's initial goal was to learn about and evaluate the condition of Anderson County, pictured in Figure 5 following a hiatus lasting several semesters Research was conducted into the different problem's facing Anderson County, and homelessness was chosen as the most important issue facing the region Those who are homeless lack shelter and c...
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Over 126,000 households in South Carolina lack broadband access, with many rural hospitals, businesses, libraries, and schools falling short of the minimum broadband requirements COVID 19 has exacerbated the digital divide due to a sudden reliance on digital methods for accomplishing everyday tasks. Where broadband is unavailable, students cannot c...
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Origami Emergency Shelter’s mission is to design a compact, cost effective, and safe shelter that families can utilize to protect themselves in the event of a disaster situation when their primary shelter is damaged. An origami emergency shelter could provide an immediate housing solution for those in the wake of disaster before relief teams can re...
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The DIY Water Filter team will design and create an inexpensive, low resource intensive, and sustainable water filter using the basic core components of a plastic, 5 gallon bucket, manufactured core, and acrylic yarn The design will be modeled after effective commercially produced filters and this project will provide potable water to people in low...
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This semester, CEDC has been strongly pursuing its goals of serving the developing world and developing those we serve. We have been collaborating in person and online to stay connected with our partners in order to continue moving our projects forward. Work has continued in Haiti, Guatemala, and South Carolina communities despite coming through th...
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Photovoltaic systems provide a source of renewable energy and provide a level of resilience that more conventional forms of electricity do not. Our mission is to promote resilience and sustainability in South Carolina using solar power installations and educational materials. In order to accomplish this, we will covert our makerspace, HERDS, into a...
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Access to broadband has become an essential resource for not only key infrastructure, but also students and businesses. The Broadband project is an effort to identify the unmet needs of broadband access in South Carolina, and to promote its expansion to these communities. With the use of technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), th...
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CEDC Marketing and Branding coordinate and produce all materials representing the brand. It is our job to discover the meaningful stories at CEDC and present them in a way that is both compelling and informative. We manage and define the CEDC Brand. This involves defining who we are, what we stand for, and what we do. In turn, we strengthen CEDC in...
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There are multiple aquaculture farms owned by community members in Bas Cange, located in the Central Plateau of Haiti. Despite using their available resources, these farms are not producing at their full capacity. This group’s mission is to determine the best possible interventions to address the underproduction in Bas Cange’s fish farms and implem...
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The Project Management team works within CEDC to coordinate our project groups. The Team guides projects through the problem identification and solution development process. Management is responsible for overseeing completion of deliverables and ensuring the quality of the documents. The management structure was altered to compensate for the reduce...
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Use technology to support CEDC and aid in creating technological solutions in our organization and project teams. The members of Technical Solutions are responsible for maintaining, updating, and improving the website. Aside from the website, Technical Solutions provides support for CEDC’s needs and projects. Overall, the primary role of each membe...
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The DIY Water Filter team will design and create an inexpensive, low-resource intensive, and sustainable water filter using the basic core components of a plastic, 5-gallon bucket, manufactured core, and acrylic yarn. The design will be modeled after effective commercially produced filters and this project will provide potable water to people in lo...
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This has been the charter semester of the recent partnership between Centro Universitario de Zacapa (CUNZAC) in Guatemala and Clemson University. Clemson and CUNZAC will baseline the current conditions and needs of the village of Azacualpa, then create a community development plan to empower the town to improve quality of life and sustainability of...
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Over 126,000 households in South Carolina lack broadband access, with many rural hospitals, businesses, libraries, and schools falling short of the minimum broadband requirements. COVID-19 has exacerbated the digital divide due to a sudden reliance on digital methods for accomplishing everyday tasks. Where broadband is unavailable, students cannot...
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Photovoltaic systems provide a source of renewable energy and provide a level of resilience that more conventional forms of electricity do not. Our mission is to promote resilience and sustainability in South Carolina using solar power installations and educational materials. In order to accomplish this, we will install a solar array to provide CED...
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Undiagnosed and untreated chronic hypertension is an extensive problem in the Central Plateau Region of Cange. The current method of Hypertension treatment does not produce consistent data that can be analyzed to determine treatment outcomes. The Community Health project intends to improve this process of treatment by evaluation and implementation...
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Land grant universities, including Clemson University, have gradually reduced their community involvement. Clemson needs a “front door” where individuals from the University and the community can present projects to be paired with Clemson resources. This level of engagement will be beneficial to all parties involved, including communities, univer...
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Origami Emergency Shelter’s mission is to design a compact, cost- effective, and safe shelter that families can utilize to protect themselves in the event of a disaster situation when their primary shelter is damaged. An origami emergency shelter could provide an immediate housing solution for those in the wake of disaster before relief teams can r...
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The purpose of the Slow Sand Filter Project is to save lives by designing and implementing an effective water filtration system in Cange, Haiti. Several sand filters have been installed around the world, but these filters use non-localized materials and have little to no published data on their effectiveness. This filter will be constructed out of...
Book
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This semester, CEDC has worked on improving its connection with Haiti, Guatemala, and South Carolina communities despite the difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have really hit our stride in an online format. It has challenged us to stay connected with one another in order to continue working hard on our projects. Communicating online wi...
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The Community Health Surveillance project works in partnership with physicians from the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina to provide hypertension treatment to patients in the Central Plateau of Haiti. Currently, these villages rely on annual clinics run by American doctors to diagnose patients with hypertension. At present, trained voluntee...
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Nearly one-fourth of all South Carolina residents lack broadband access, with a large percentage of rural schools, businesses, and hospitals falling short of the minimum broadband requirements. However, the digital divide and its implications have been magnified by the advent of COVID-19 and the switch to primarily digital methods of schooling and...
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The absence of disaster mitigation practices on at the community level has decreased resilience among local entities. Since 1979, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funded disaster mitigation projects in struggling communities across the country. This method of aid has created a form of Toxic Charity, where organizations venture from pr...
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Due to the limited resources and lack of advanced tools in rural Haiti, clean water is a luxury many people simply cannot afford. Communities may do not have the financial ability to have a properly working water filter. Helping solve this issue is the mission of the DIY Water Filter team. The main goal of the project is to help provide a simple, y...
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The Aquaculture group of CEDC was created to address tilapia underproduction in Ba Cange, Haiti. The group found that fish food was the ultimate underlying limiting factor of tilapia production. The fish food currently used by the farmers is sold in Port Au Prince, which is around a 2-hour drive from Ba Cange. Even when the farmers can make the tri...
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Solar Power is an enormous natural resource that when harnessed can provide massive benefits, such as creating clean energy and providing sustainability. The goal of the South Carolina Solar team is to promote resilience and sustainability in South Carolina through the use of solar power installations and educational materials. The group focuses o...
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In Hôpital Bon Saveur de Cange, the operating rooms do not meet Word Health, ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning), and FGI (Facility Guidelines Institute) safety standards. The operating rooms are currently not in service, and individuals who require operation must travel a lengthy distance through rough terrain...
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Land grant universities, such as Clemson University, have gradually reduced their community involvement over the past few decades. In order to combat this, Clemson needs a “front door” where individuals from the University and the community can present and identify issues that need addressing. The Land Grant team is working to design and create su...
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This semester, we have uncovered correlations between broadband access and many factors, including COVID-19 susceptibility. These correlations hint at deeply entangled interconnections within these communities. Increased access to broadband is one avenue to ameliorating the resulting negative social and health outcomes. We hope to use this research...
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Project Management is dedicated to helping the project groups plan, coordinate, and execute their projects. The group is also responsible for accessing and tracking presentation skills of the project and functional groups. Each CEDC project designates one Project Manager (PM) who oversees that specific project. These project team leaders plan their...
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Natural disasters have always been a global problem, and they take a much heavier toll on developing countries. When a natural disaster causes a nation’s infrastructure to collapse, families are displaced from their homes and it can take months for relief organizations to begin the rebuilding process. Our goal is to use the principles of origami to...
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Photovoltaic systems provide a source of renewable energy and provide a level of resilience that more conventional forms of electricity do not. The purpose of this project is to implement a new energy management system in Summerton, South Carolina to provide resilience to the town, something that it did not have before, as well as reduce energy cos...
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CEDC Marketing and Branding coordinates and produces all materials representing the brand. It is our responsibility to discover the meaningful stories at CEDC and present them in a way that is both compelling and informative. We manage and define the CEDC Brand. This involves defining who we are, what we stand for, and what we do. In turn, we stren...
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Technical Solutions, also called TechSol, seeks to support CEDC by leveraging technological resources to better analyze and record data, assist with organization functions, work with project groups on technological components, and extend CEDC’s reach to more students and potential partners. Fall 2020 This semester, TechSol has been supporting ass...
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During the semester, Cultural Engagement has focused on maintaining communication abroad during the pandemic. We have also focused on exposing CEDC members to culturally important information through presentations on foods role in culture as well as way to communicate clearly and effectively to people in different cultural contexts and belief syste...
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This Summer Dr. Bridget Trogden and I entered the The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine competition "Imagining the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education" and we were just announced as one of the winners. Our submission titled: "STEM Education by 2040: Change the Ecosystem, Impact the World", briefly explores the current sta...
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Driving Decision Making for Short or Long-Term Solutions”, David Vaughn, Ed Hecker and Doug Bellomo provide a thoughtful, straightforward, practical and locally based approach to developing community by creating resilient economic, social and environmental systems based on years of work with federal, state and local decision-makers. Their approach...
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In this article, we wish to reflect upon and provide insight into ways that we adapted a signature program at Clemson University (Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries) to maintain a high bar of student learning through the COVID impacts. Students, instructors, and community partners—despite setbacks—were able to access previously untapped str...
Technical Report
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Engagement, one of the strategic priorities articulated in the ClemsonForward plan and is at the heart of the land-grant mission that spans relationships between the university and the world. It encompasses academic and co-curricular engagement, community engagement, and global engagement; and can be foundational to High-Impact Educational Practice...
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In today’s world, 844 million people lack a basic water service and 2.1 billion lack accessible, readily available, and clean water on the premises of their home (UN-Water, 2018). Data show that rural areas of developing countries like Haiti are far behind the rest of the world when it comes to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure (...
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Since returning from winter break, CEDC students have been hard at work. We began our semester with a productive trip to Guatemala where a dozen students and faculty met with representatives from the University of San Carlos. We conducted site visits of potential areas to work and presented some of our research. The teams met with several universit...