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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 professors accelerating machine learning into microsecond timescale

Mechanical Engineering Professor Austin Downey and Computer Science and Engineering Professor Jason Bakos are working together to develop programming and software for machine learning systems that can make real-time decision-making while minimizing risk.

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Faculty Spotlight: CEC professor combines modeling, data and AI to identify structural damage

Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Sourav Banerjee is working with the U.S. Navy on research utilizing digital models of structures and AI to better detect defects and prevent catastrophic failure.

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Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Department of Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Seniors

USC will host the annual Awards Day ceremony to honor student excellence. Recipients from the Department of Mechanical Engineering reflect on their time at the CEC and being honored as an Outstanding Senior. 

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Graduate Student Spotlight: Mechanical engineering graduate student earns DOD-SMART Fellowship

Jason Smith's fellowship will not only help support his research into digital twins but also allow him to utilize his knowledge and experiences by working with the U.S. Navy after completing his graduate studies.

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Alumni Spotlight: Alumni Q&A: Kallie Metzger

An undergraduate experience working at a test reactor in Germany led Kallie Metzger on a path toward a nuclear engineering career. Today, the skills and experiences from her time at the CEC have contributed to her success as a program leader in the safe delivery of advanced nuclear fuels.


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