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College of Engineering and Computing

Young Alumni Board

The CEC Young Alumni Board is made up of recent engineering and computing graduates whose mission is to increase young alumni investment through the development of initiatives that link students to alumni, foster a culture of giving and support the college’s strategic priorities.

2018-19 Board Members

Olga Agafonova

Olga Agafonova, Development/Corporate Relations Committee

 Olga is a 2007 graduate of the College of Engineering and Computing, having majored in Computer Science. She works as a web developer and is learning to scuba dive in the murky but welcoming waters of Lake Murray in her free time.

Thomas Backman

Thomas Backman, Alumni Relations Committee


jamie barton

Jamie Barton, Chair

Jamie Barton is the chair of the Young Alumni Board at the CEC. Since his graduation in 2012 with a degree in mechanical engineering, he has worked for Dominion Energy leading the development and construction of FERC 7(c) natural gas projects across the Dominion Energy Carolina Gas Transmission system in addition to the Dominion Energy Transmission in West Virginia. These projects include the largest projects in the company’s history in both South Carolina and West Virginia.  Jamie is a talented leader and an avid gamecock supporter. Email:

travis basnett

Travis Basnett, Professional Development Committee


blake clamp

Blake Clamp, Professional Development Committee

 Blake is a 2013 Civil Engineering graduate with a focus in Structural Engineering. He lives in Columbia with his wife and daughter. In addition to his service to the Young Alumni Board, he also serves as Chair of the Industrial Advisory Board for the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Blake is a practicing Structural Engineer at Kimley-Horn managing a wide variety of building design projects including parking structures, hotels, industrial facilities, and many others in between. In his free time Blake enjoys spending time with his family, being in the outdoors, and training for his next endurance race. 

nick estes

Nick Estes, Professional Development Committee

Nick graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 2012 and began working for Michelin as an Industrial Engineer.  In a 6 year stint with Michelin, Nick spent his first year working on the rubber extrusion processes and the rest of his time on the textile and metallic tissue cutting processes.  After receiving a Lean Green Belt Certification from NCSU, Nick left Michelin in mid-2018 to join Prisma Health (previously Palmetto Health) as a process engineer supporting the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group. Nick currently lives in Lexington, SC with his wife Ashley and his two children Connor (4) and Ellie (2).

justin fox

Justin Fox, Professional Development Co-Chair

aileen harlow

Aileen Harlow, Professional Development Co-Chair

ethan hart

Ethan Hart, Alumni Relations Committee


eric hatch

Eric Hatch, Development/Corporate Relations Chair


phonecia hughes

Phonecia Hughes, Alumni Relations Committee


jeff iaukea

Jeff Iaukea, Professional Development Committee



Robin Kirby, Professional Development Committee


victoria kmiec

Victoria Kmiec, Development/Corporate Relations Committee


alden livingston

Alden Livingston, Alumni Relations Committee


jonathan mayhak

Jonathan Mayhak, Development/Corporate Relations Committee


emrys mcmahon

Emrys McMahon, Alumni Relations Committee


jesse mefford

Jesse Mefford, Alumni Relations Committee



Scott Miller, Professional Development Committee



Sagar Mistry, Professional Development Committee



Whitney Moore, Professional Development Committee


michael myers

Michael Myers, Co-Chair



Dean Phillips, Alumni Relations Committee


ryan pubentz

Ryan Pubentz, Alumni Relations Co-Chair

embre scurry

Embre Scurry, Professional Development Committee


Devon Smith

Devon Smith, Alumni Relations Co-Chair

kevin uber

Kevin Uber, Development/Corporate Relations Committee


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