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College of Engineering and Computing

Swearingen Engineering Center


Located in Columbia, in the center of the state of South Carolina, the departments and programs of the College of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina are at the center of developing research, innovations and new discoveries. 

Academic Tracks

Where will your future take you? The College of Engineering and Computing offers bachelor’s, master's, and doctoral programs in the the following academic tracks: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and the state’s only Nuclear Engineering graduate program (graduate degrees and undergraduate minor).

We also offer an Accelerated Master’s Degree programs and several executive masters programs.


Notable Alumni

Our alumni are leaders in their fields around the world - from national government to industry executives.

John Swearingen

John Swearingen, (deceased)

A 1938 chemical engineering graduate, John Swearingen retired as chairman of the board of directors of Standard Oil Company, now the BP–Amoco Corporation, after 44 years of service. The University of South Carolina's College of Engineering facility was dedicated as the John E. Swearingen Engineering Center in 1987. 

Andrew Card

Hon. Andrew H. Card, Jr.

United States Cabinet member, and head of President George W. Bush's White House Iraq Group, Andrew Card graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1971 with a degree in civil engineering. Card served as U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President George H. W. Bush and the White House Chief of Staff under George W. Bush.

Hamilton Lott

Hamilton Lott

A 1972 civil engineering graduate, Hamilton Lott is the Executive Vice President of Nucor Corporation in charge of Fabricated Construction Products.

Alex Molinaroli

Alex Molinaroli

Alex Molinarioli is a 1983 electrical engineering graduate of the University of South Carolina and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Controls, a Fortune 80 diversified company with 170,000 employees in 1,300 locations worldwide.

Krista Marks

Krista Marks

1999 winner of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s highest achievement award for contributions to high energy physics instrumentation, Krista Marks is a 1989 electrical engineering graduate. Marks is currently CEO & Co-Founder of Simbulus. She formerly served as a Vice President at Disney for User Generated Content, coming to Disney through its 2008 acquisition of Kerpoof where she was also CEO and co-founder.