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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: From the classroom to large-scale manufacturing, Nephron and USC unveil a new robot

Our work with Nephron Pharmaceuticals was recently featured in The State newspaper. Students from the CEC and the School of Pharmacy created the company's new syringe-filling robot.

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Faculty Spotlight: Dryer elected to NAE, engineering's highest professional distinction

Education Foundation Distinguished Researcher Fred Dryer has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his contributions to the understanding of combustion processes for propulsion and transportation applications and for fire safety.

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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: Ulrich becomes first Black woman to receive nuclear engineering doctorate at UofSC

Through the support of her family, the care of her mentors and her own belief in herself, Tashiema Ulrich defied every challenge that came her way. In the process, she became the first African American woman to receive her nuclear engineering doctorate from South Carolina.

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Alumni Spotlight: African American alumnus' success honors previous generations

While Green is an exemplary product of South Carolina, his parents -- along with generations of other African American South Carolinians -- were not able to attend UofSC. For Green, he views his accomplishments as a tribute to those who didn't have the same opportunity.


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