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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: Army leaders visit McNair Aerospace Center, discuss Future Vertical Lift research

The McNair Aerospace Center welcomed leaders from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) and the Future Vertical Lift Cross Functional Team (FVL-CFT) during a day-long visit to Columbia on June 22. Among the group were AMCOM Commander Maj. Gen. Todd Royar and FVL CFT Senior Sustainment Advisor Ms. Cindy Ponder.

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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: 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: 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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