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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: UofSC, Princeton and Stanford collaborate to reduce harmful emission of natural gas

South Carolina, Stanford and Princeton are collaborating to create a cost-effective distributed chemical process that will allow for natural gas to be converted into useful chemicals and liquid fuels, instead of burned as harmful waste.

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Faculty Spotlight: The pioneers of structural health monitoring

Using structural health monitoring technology, Giurgiutiu, Banerjee and Yu work like doctors, evaluating the ‘health’ of America’s safety-critical structures by looking at their well-being beneath the surface.

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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: How the CEC helped David King soar through the aerospace industry

David King’s dreams about a career in aerospace started while watching astronauts walk across the moon. From hundreds of thousands of miles away, Neil Armstrong and others inspired King to reach for the stars, but it would be mentors and colleagues right here on Earth that would help him become a prominent leader in the industry.


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