Mary Anne Fitzpatrick -- USC received notification this week that we have been awarded a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to host a research and workforce development initiative called MADE in South Carolina. This state wide initiative involves the collaboration of faculty with expertise in advanced materials manufacturing from 10 South Carolina institutions.
USC is involved not only in the development of state-wide research infrastructure but also in the development of young talent with programs from k-12 through graduate training. Whereas faculty on the Columbia campus are lead investigators in each of the research foci, faculty from USC Beaufort have taken the lead on the project to develop and deliver a new master’s degree in computational science. This graduate degree builds on the success of USCB’s previous $1. 64 million NSF grant to establish an undergraduate program in computational science.
As the vice president for system planning, I often get to see first-hand how our many USC institutes work together to build thriving communities, but collaboration with industries and universities outside our system enables the state of South Carolina to advance human capital development and the economic future of our state. I look forward to seeing how the MADE in SC initiative impacts our state and students.