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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: Harik to advance smart manufacturing in South Carolina with help from National Science Foundation

With a $3.8 million EPSCoR RII Track-2 grant from the National Science Foundation, Harik is committed to strengthening the manufacturing infrastructure in South Carolina and the U.S., from operational technologies and process optimization to developing the essential upskilled workforce to support these future factories.

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Faculty Spotlight: Flow boiling research headed to International Space Station - College of Engineering and Computing

Mechanical Engineering Professor Chen Li and Computer Science Professor Yan Tong have received a grant from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space and the National Science Foundation to study gravitational effects on flow boiling, allowing their research methods to be conducted on the International Space Station.

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Undergraduate Student Spotlight: CEC student helps NASA test spacecraft communication

Senior Nick Wood plans to pursue a career in power electronics, and his internship with NASA's Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) office provided him with valuable experiences, even though it was completed virtually.

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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: CEC alumnus building pipeline for South Carolina's future engineers

Dorsel began his relationship with the GSSM as a member of its inaugural graduating class. He then went on to South Carolina and received his mechanical engineering degree in 1995, where he graduated summa cum laude and as a Harry Goldwater Scholar. He returned to the Governor's School in 2012 as an administrator and was named as the school's new president this June.


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