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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: McNair Aerospace Center leading South Carolina’s charge to become a smart manufacturing state

In seven years, the McNair Center has gone from a simple dream to a full-blown reality. Using a model that pairs industry partners directly with faculty and students, the center has made itself an integral component of SC's aerospace industry and a key player in its future.

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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: Saha receives UofSC 2020 Outstanding Thesis Award

Sudipta Saha, a mechanical engineering doctoral student, received the University of South Carolina’s 2020 Outstanding Thesis Award for his master’s thesis on thermal fluid science.

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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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