David Vaughn

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Job Title: Professor of Practice
Office Phone: (864) 907-8646
Cell Phone: (864) 907-8646
Delegate Type: Delegate
Institution: Clemson University
State: SC
Area of Specialty:
Community and Economic Development


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 spearheaded development of Fluor’s Business Continuity and Disaster Management Services which helped Clients build resilience by mitigating risk to natural disasters.

He has 30 years of project management experience in diverse industries, including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, oil and gas, steel mills, microelectronics, water treatment, and contingency operations. His experience in rapid deployment, planning, disaster management, and reconstruction is a culmination of his work in support of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command, FEMA, USACE, WEF, UN, and various private sector companies.

David’s passion for his profession is demonstrated by his personal commitment to several humanitarian projects, including:
– Serving as a vice co-chair for Practical Community Resilience – Working Group that is implementing strategies that help economically challenged communities build resilience.
– Mentoring Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries students who are assisting the economically challenged people of Haiti. Under his guidance, this team received awards in 2014 from the Institute of International Education and in 2010 from the university and the State of South Carolina for their work.
– Volunteering as the Project Manager as part of the Haiti Relief effort for the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina (EDUSC).
– In honor of his support for engineering students who are changing the world, David was awarded the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Excellence in Service Award and the 2014 Distinguished Service Award from Clemson University.

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