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College of Engineering and Computing

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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

Ramy Harik

Research Spotlight: Ramy Harik and Composite Manufacturing, Automated Fiber Placement, and the Pressure of Excellence

On this episode of the Innovation on Main Podcast, Ramy Harik discusses the field of automated fiber placement, the pressure of being a leading researcher, and the opportunities provided to his students.

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Faculty Spotlight: Engineering professor believes in the power of nuclear energy

Travis Knight sees many benefits to nuclear energy, including a well-paying field for the graduates of his University of South Carolina nuclear energy program and an economic driver for the state.

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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. 

sobhan patnaik

Graduate Student Spotlight: CEC grad student receives national scholarship for nuclear research

 Sobhan Patnaik, a third-year doctoral candidate in the UofSC nuclear engineering program, received the American Nuclear Society’s 2019 James F. Schumer Scholarship for his research on the cracking behavior of light water reactor fuel pellets under transient temperature conditions.

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Alumni Spotlight: How CEC Alumni are Helping the Next Generation Succeed

When Jeff Blohm graduated from the CEC back in 1997, he probably didn’t know that his career with ExxonMobil would take him around the globe. But it’s his work with current CEC students that’s had one of the biggest impacts on his career. 


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