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Student completes dream internship with Tesla

Working at Tesla was something mechanical engineering senior Brian Youngblood had been dreaming about for years. During the spring and summer of 2019, his dream finally came true.

Our 2019 Story

From building tigers to dominating tennis courts and opening the AI Institute, 2019 has been a year to remember. Take a look back with us at the story of our year in the CEC.

Transforming the materials discovery process through AI

Using artificial intelligence and high-throughput screening, Jochen Lauterbach has identified and filed patents for three new ammonia decomposition catalysts in the past year. These patents reflect the most significant progress made researching this reaction in the past 30 years.

Travis Knight: Is There a Future for Nuclear Energy in America? The Ever-Changing Field and His Journey Through It

Travis Knight discusses his winding journey through the field of nuclear energy, what the future of nuclear looks like in America, and why he thinks it is important for the country's safety and well-being.

Kidane's research improves safety and efficiency of military equipment

Through a three-year grant from the United States Army, Addis Kidane is looking to decrease the weight and improve the safety of military equipment by researching shock mitigation and impact loading through optimized cellular materials.

A tiger built to burn

Building a wooden tiger just to burn it down days before the South Carolina - Clemson football game is nothing new. But, the look, feel and process of building this year's tiger is.

Amit Sheth: Should We Be Worried About Artificial Intelligence? The New AI Institute and Choosing Grad Students

Amit Sheth discusses what "turning big data into smart data" means, ethical concerns surrounding artificial intelligence, and what he looks for in potential graduate students.

Donor Spotlight: How a vending machine inspired the next generation of philanthropy in the Schwartz family

Elmer Schwartz was so much more than just a favorite instructor among students. He had a passion for making sure all students could complete their dream of a college education.

CEC grad student receives national scholarship for nuclear research

Sobhan Patnaik received the American Nuclear Society's 2019 James F. Schumer Scholarship for his research on the cracking behavior of light water reactor fuel pellets under transient temperature conditions.

CEC welcomes six new faculty members

Meet our six new faculty members.

College of Engineering and Computing celebrates alumni accomplishments during Homecoming 2019

The College of Engineering and Computing welcomed back more than 200 alumni and friends during the first weekend of November to celebrate the past, embrace the future and reconnect with classmates.

From California to South Carolina: the growth of the 'Berkeley Mafia'

Through battery simulation methods he learned from his mentor and passed down to his students, Ralph White has created a family tree that includes members in the country's top universities and private companies.

Caicedo leads project to promote independent living in older adults

Juan Caicedo will lead a group of researchers studying how floor vibrations can be used in estimating gait parameters. The goal of this study is to remotely connect health professionals with older adults to help them live independently, for a longer period of time, using non-wearable technology.

Matolak working with NASA to improve aviation communications

David Matolak is leading a $4M research project for NASA designed to create safer and more efficient communications in aviation.

Banerjee receives structural health monitoring Person of the Year Award

Sourav Banerjee has received the Structural Health Monitoring Person of the Year Award from the Structural Health Monitoring international journal for his "outstanding" contributions to the field.

John Monnier: Working in Industry, Bimetallic Catalysts, and Researching Until He Dies

John Monnier discusses his time working in industry, his groundbreaking research in bimetallic catalysts that resulted from it, and what he plans to do for the rest of his life.

Alumni Spotlight: Kayla Kasprak

Kayla Kasprak stood in front of a packed room of more than 650 people during the 2019 Grace Hopper celebration presenting on a topic close to her heart, but little did she know that it would be a small meeting over nachos and wings that would mean the most to CEC students.

Alumni Spotlight: How Lisa Muzekari is breaking down barriers for female engineers

Lisa Muzekari is the first female shareholder in the 73-year history of Thomas & Hutton and was named one of the 2019 Women of Influence by the Columbia Business Report.

Top engineering researcher Zdeněk Bažant speaks to CEC students and faculty

Internationally acclaimed researcher Zdeněk P. Bažant spoke to the College of Engineering and Computing's students and faculty Tuesday about his theories regarding quasibrittle materials and failure probability of engineering structures.

Downey looks to lead 'new field' of real-time state estimation

When President Donald Trump signed executive order 13859, he opened the door for increased federal funding in the field of AI and made possible Austin Downey's first step into the emerging field of real-time state estimations.

Nicole Berge: Hydrothermal Carbonization, Working with Trash, and Making Energy from Waste

Nicole Berge discusses her research on hydrothermal carbonization, what it is like working with trash, and how waste can be used as an energy source.

Faculty mentorship leads Swiney to NASA

A phone call from Associate Professor Ramy Harik led Jackson Swiney to the NASA internship program, solidified his passion for the aerospace field and ensured his future plans to enter the field after he graduates this May.

Mike Sutton: Starting a Company, Digital Image Correlation, and the Power of Perseverance

Mike Sutton discusses starting the company Correlated Solutions, inventing digital image correlation, and the power of perseverance.

Bridge to Doctorate program at UofSC supports minorities in STEM

Twelve minority students will receive funding to participate in STEM-based doctoral degree programs at the University of South Carolina as part of a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Extra effort pushes UofSC students to victory at international competition

Thirty teams from countries and universities across the world had been accepted to eITT 2019. And while their ideas were innovative, exciting and complex, no other team had a working prototype to show their idea in action like the team from South Carolina.

Roger Dougal: The History of Our Energy Grid, The Argument for a DC Energy Renaissance, and Sailing

Roger Dougal discusses the energy grid in the United States, the case for changing to direct current energy, and his past as a ranked sailor in America.


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