The Team

Dr. Nadim AzizDr. Nadim M. Aziz
Program Director

(803) 733-9067, Email

As Director, Dr. Aziz has responsibility to develop, implement and oversee comprehensive and integrated research strategies and programs for the State Office. He oversees the programs, personnel and budgetary matters of the State Office. Before becoming Director, Dr. Aziz served as a Professor of Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Department Chair, Associate Provost, and Interim Provost and Interim Dean of the Graduate school at Clemson University. He taught courses in fluid mechanics and conducted research for state, federal and private sponsors. Dr. Aziz received his BSCE, MS and PhD in Engineering Science from the University of Mississippi.

April HeywardApril Heyward, MRA
Program Manager

(803) 733-9068, Email

April Heyward serves as the Program Manager of the SC EPSCoR State Office. She is a Doctoral Student in the Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) Program in the Department of Political Science at Valdosta State University. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Benedict College and a Master of Research Administration (MRA) from the University of Central Florida (UCF).

Denise WhiteDenise White
Financial Manager

(803) 343-5301, Email

Denise White serves as the Financial Manager of the SC EPSCoR State Office. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of South Carolina and currently working on the Master of Art in Organizational Leadership from Regent University. Denise has fifteen plus years of experience in financial, accounting, and budget management. Her experience includes preparing monthly, quarterly, and yearly financial statements; accounts receivables, accounts payables; creating and processing invoices; and bank reconciliations for multiple accounts. She is an experienced trainer in financial management practices.