GREENVILLE, S.C. — The dean of Clemson University’s engineering wants about 200,000 additional square feet of research space.

But Anand Gramopadhye told trustees if he had his wish, he would move the whole engineering college to Greenville to be near Clemson’s International Center for Automotive Research.

“If we don’t claim it, somebody else will,” Gramopadhye said, according to The Greenville News ( ).

Gramopadhye said the move would also help because Greenville has a high number of engineering jobs per capita and is growing rapidly. He also pointed out that just the engineering college at Clemson is bigger than Furman University and The Citadel combined.

Trustees didn’t indicate whether they liked Gramopadhye’s idea to move the college, but praised him for thinking outside the box. They will consider his request for more research space on campus.

Clemson needs to maintain a place at the front of the engineering boom, Gramopadhye said. Companies are looking for more engineers and a cluster of schools from Alabama to southern Virginia are setting up an engineering corridor.

Clemson is in the midst of the university’s biggest building boom since the 1960s, but leaders have identified they need more room for research centers.

Information from: The Greenville News,