The Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program at UofSC allows students to develop
various levels of expertise. The curriculum includes the following areas of concentration:
- thermofluid/energy sciences, and
- sustainable design development.
Undergraduates who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree can apply three hours
of their undergraduate course load towards the requirements for a Masters of Science.
This allows students to complete B.S. and M.E. degrees in five years.
Our graduate students can take advantage of small class sizes, excellent teaching,
industry-sponsored projects, on-campus and off-campus delivery mechanisms, and high
quality funded research.
By building expertise in solid mechanics, materials processes, smart materials, manufacturing
automation, concurrent engineering/design, sustainable design or thermofluid/energy
sciences, students stand prepared to join the mechanical engineering and manufacturing
industries in South Carolina and beyond.
What do mechanical engineers study?
Degree programs in Mechanical Engineering include basic courses in science and mathematics,
advanced topics in mechanical engineering, and many technical electives that enable
UofSC students to specialize in a number of areas.
The study of thermo-fluids involves heat and/or mass transfer in porous media; electronics
cooling; transport phenomena in joining and manufacturing processes; the design, fabrication,
packaging, and modeling of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) for micro cooling
systems and micro fluidic and biomedical devices.
Mechanics of Materials and Nondestructive Evaluation
The study of mechanics of materials and nondestructive evaluation improves the understanding
of engineering materials and structures and their mechanical response and failure
behavior, develops digital deformation measurement systems for structural evaluation
and characterization, and provides engineers with advanced theories, analysis methods,
and modeling/simulation/design tools for cars, ships, aircraft, etc.
Smart Structures and Condition-Based Maintenance
The study of smart structures and condition-based maintenance of machines focuses
on characterizing piezoelectric/piezomagnetic active materials and utilizing them
for structural health monitoring, damage detection, diagnostics/prognostics of machinery/active/adaptive
vibration control, health monitoring of rotating machinery, aircraft, and condition-based
maintenance of mechanical systems.
The study of mechatronics involves the integration of mechanical systems and electronics
such as electromechanical systems with embedded sensors, microcontrollers, actuation,
and process control; robots and autonomous vehicles; and automotive systems.
The study of nanotechnology develops nanostructured materials, including the design,
fabrication/processing, reliability testing, nanomechanical characterization, and
simulation of nanowires, nanofilms, and nanocomposites.
Manufacturing and Materials Processing
The study of manufacturing and materials processing includes the development and modeling
of advanced joining technology for friction stir welding of Ti alloys, steel alloys,
thick-section Al alloys, and Al metal matrix composites.
The study of nuclear engineering focuses on advanced nuclear fuels and materials,
thermal hydraulics, reactor design, advanced fuel cycles, structural integrity of
nuclear reactor vessels and piping systems, embrittlement of reactor vessel steels,
and application of nuclear power in future energy economies for sustainability, including
the production of hydrogen from nuclear energy and use of hydrogen as a fuel.