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Research Centers and Institutes

Research at the College of Engineering and Computing is supplemented and supported through our centers, institutes and research groups, which include several South Carolina SmartState Centers of Economic Excellence. These research centers coordinate and promote faculty and student research extending across and beyond the school. Our institutes have the broadest interdisciplinary reach and generally involve faculty from several colleges and schools.

General Atomics Center

The General Atomics SmartState Center for Transformational Nuclear Technologies explores new approaches to nuclear fuel systems, modeling and simulation of nuclear fuel behavior and nuclear waste storage to meet future energy needs.

Energy Leadership Institute

ELI is a collaborative effort including more than 125 faculty members from six of the university's colleges – College of Engineering and Computing, College of Arts and Sciences, Darla Moore School of Business, School of Law, Arnold School of Public Health and College of Mass Communications and Information Studies.

McNAIR Center

The center is advancing South Carolina's knowledge-based economy through innovative aerospace research, interdisciplinary education, economic development, outreach and collaboration with the aerospace and allied industries and related government agencies.

Center for Information Assurance Engineering

CIAE is a part of the ongoing effort at UofSC to increase information systems security awareness and develop high quality education and research in this area. Faculty and students associated with the CIAE are working in a broad spectrum of security topics and issues.

NanoCenter

USC's focal point for science and engineering studies of nanometer-scale structures, properties, and integration into functional units.

Catalysis for Renewable Fuels Center

The Catalysis for Renewable Fuels Center is developing catalysts that allow fuels to be produced from renewable sources. These new catalysts are the next wellhead as the transportation sector moves to less dependence on imported oil and carbon fuel. This Center also serves as a resource for recruiting activities in the Midlands of South Carolina for companies associated with renewable fuels and alternative energy.

Center for Computational Robotics

The center's mission is to solve complex scientific problems in perception, autonomy, and interaction for robots that operate in unstructured environments.

Center for Grid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems (GRAPES), NSF I/UCRC

Research supports the development and application of power electronics for the next generation smart grid, with applications at every point from generation, through transmission and distribution, and end use.

Center for Predictive Maintenance

The CPM Research Center tests the performance of components, subsystems, and systems of the U.S. Army Apache, Blackhawk, and Chinook helicopter platforms through measurements of vibration, speed, load, acoustic emission, and temperature to develop diagnosis and prognosis algorithms for better predictive and proactive maintenance of aircraft. Additionally, the CPM generates value engineering and cost benefit analysis (CBA) models of the U.S. Army CPM program.

HeteroFoaM Center

HeteroFoaMs are Heterogeneous Functional Materials that comprise an energy system. Our team is developing a greater understanding of HeteroFoaMs in order to create systems that generate power without waste by-products.

Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Center of Excellence

SOFC Center of Excellence is concerned with new materials, processing, modeling and analysis that supports design for performance and durability of solid oxide fuel cells, electrolyzers, and related devices.

Strategic Approaches to the Generation of Electricity

SAGE conducts research to reduce the harmful environmental effects of burning coal to produce electricity. This Center of Economic Excellence will focus on improving environmental control technologies for coal power plants, including improving mercury and gas emission controls and developing new materials and processes to capture and store or find a use for carbon emissions, making USC an international leader in future fuels/energy research.

Center of Electrochemical Engineering

The Center for Electrochemical Engineering (CEE) at the University of South Carolina was created with the broad vision to spear ahead the theory and practice of electrochemical engineering, electrochemical power sources, electroplating and corrosion protection through education and research.

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell

The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Center conducts research to promote the fuel cell industry by providing technological leadership with a vigorous program of research, development and demonstration.