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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: Yu begins term as associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion

Mechanical Engineering Professor Lingyu (Lucy) Yu plans to continue cultivating the diverse, equitable and inclusive culture for everyone as the college's new associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Department of Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Seniors

UofSC 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: CEC graduate student Sobhan Patnaik receives national scholarship for nuclear research

Sobhan Patnaik has received the Roy G. Post Foundation Scholarship Award for his research on cracking of nuclear fuel pellets under transient temperature conditions. He hopes this work will result in improved safety and economics surrounding nuclear fuels.

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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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