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College of Engineering and Computing

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Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina offers academic programs and research opportunities in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering and nuclear engineering led by experienced faculty. We are a Tier 1 research department, ranked #31 nationally and #1 in the state by the National Research Council. 

Department Highlights

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Research Spotlight: CEC aerospace team leading $5.7 million NASA University Leadership Initiative

Through a NASA University Leadership Initiative, the UofSC CEC aerospace team will revolutionize the materials and technology used to create aircraft, the speed and cost that parts can be produced at, and aircraft’s overall strength and durability.

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Faculty Spotlight: The pioneers of structural health monitoring

Using structural health monitoring technology, Giurgiutiu, Banerjee and Yu work like doctors, evaluating the ‘health’ of America’s safety-critical structures by looking at their well-being beneath the surface.

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Undergraduate Student Spotlight: 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. 

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Graduate Student Spotlight: Engineering students lead effort to create protective face shields

A group of University of South Carolina students supported by faculty is coming together to help produce a vital piece of equipment that hospitals are calling for during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Alumni Spotlight: How the CEC helped David King soar through the aerospace industry

David King’s dreams about a career in aerospace started while watching astronauts walk across the moon. From hundreds of thousands of miles away, Neil Armstrong and others inspired King to reach for the stars, but it would be mentors and colleagues right here on Earth that would help him become a prominent leader in the industry.

 


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