The son of military parents, he was born in 1987 at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, and has traveled extensively both here in the United States and throughout Europe. As a result, Clukey’s parents decided his best chance for a consistent, quality education was through a home-school program. He completed his secondary education as an honor graduate from A Beka Christian Academy in Pensacola, Fla. Mastering the rigorous curriculum offered through the A Beka program with a perfect 4.0 GPA prepared him well for the plans he had for his future.
Clukey began his postsecondary journey at Cleveland State Community College where he excelled in the pre-engineering program and was recognized numerous times by state and local officials for academic excellence. Graduating from CSCC with highest honors in 2010 with an associate degree in applied science (pre-engineering), Clukey set his sights on transferring to the University of Tennessee, in Knoxville. While at UTK, Clukey again set himself apart from his peers by participating as an undergraduate research assistant and completing a summer internship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he co-authored a paper. The paper received highest recognition and is expected to be published in the near future. Clukey has passed the Fundamentals of Engineering test and received approval from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to begin working as an engineering intern.
Clukey plans to take some time off from his studies before returning to school for his doctorate in engineering.
Clukey is an active member of his church’s praise and worship team, is owner of his own small business and works as a consultant on a variety of IT projects.