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New CEC faculty member hopes to boost student interest in electrical engineering

When Distinguished Professor Adel Nasiri joined the faculty this past August, he brought an extensive experience of establishing electrical engineering research programs and initiatives.

Designing a new material for a vacuum airship rover exploration of Venus

The idea of a vacuum airship was first proposed by Leonardo Di Vinci in the 16th century. Five centuries later, Professor Andrew Gross is working on a NASA-sponsored grant to develop material that could be used to construct a vacuum airship for missions to Venus.

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.

New aerospace engineering program satisfying major need in South Carolina

In May 2021, the University of South Carolina graduated the state's first ever class of aerospace engineers. These students are the product of years of behind-the-scenes work by UofSC College of Engineering and Computing faculty and leadership to create an undergraduate aerospace engineering program.

NSWC Dahlgren Division Partners with University of South Carolina Team in NEEC-Funded Project

Over the last two years, a team at the University of South Carolina (USC) led by electrical engineering professor Guoan Wang, developed and tested "novel radio frequency (RF) electrical components that will enable miniaturization and enhancement of high-performance naval communication, electronic warfare and radar systems" in partnership with NSWCDD, according to the project's summary.

Building affordable and hazard-resistant houses with earth bricks and recycled plastic reinforcement

Walls constructed with bricks consisting of materials, including local soil and plastic, have already been successfully tested to withstand the impact of hurricanes, tornadoes and wind-borne debris. Those same walls will now be tested to resist the force of earthquakes.

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.

Producing ethylene through a more environmentally safe process

Eliminating greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and improving chemical manufacturing are two of the intended benefits from Professor Fanglin (Frank) Chen's research on an alternative method of producing ethylene.

Training the next generation of engineers

Mandy Elmore realized early in her career as an engineer that part of her responsibility to the profession was to share her love of engineering, math and science with the next generation. The three-time UofSC graduate is now dean for the Engineering and Industrial Technology Division at Tri-County Technical College.

CEC celebrates 2021 alumni award winners

Each year, the CEC picks alumni who have given back to their alma mater and who have achieved great accomplishments in their field to receive the annual awards. This is the first time the CEC has given out an award specifically for a graduate program alumna.

Using smartwatch tracking technology to ensure accurate medicine-taking process

Professor Homayoun Valafar is utilizing the increasing usage of smartwatches by researching and developing technology that can ensure individuals are adhering to their medication while alerting doctors and health care providers of any inconsistencies.

New course to focus on operations, process and applications of pharmaceutical manufacturing

A new course is teaching students the industrial aspects of the development and manufacturing process of pharmaceutical drugs. It is a course that will bridge automation as part of the entire process and evolution.

CEC team pioneers research to improve railroad crossing navigation

Blocked railroad crossings can affect the time it takes for ambulances to reach emergency situations or transporting individuals to hospitals. But Assistant Professor Yu Qian and his research team are currently developing software to help ambulances navigate around railroad and traffic blockages and avoid delays in response time.

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.

Research seeks connections between floor vibrations and changes in health

Professor Juan Caicedo's research team is examining technology from engineering, exercise science and healthcare perspectives that could help track an individual's health status without leaving their homes.

Three new faculty preparing for the start of the 2021-2022 academic year

As the 2021-2022 academic year begins Thursday, three new professors will begin their teaching and research at the college.

CEC to debut Makerspace Initiative

The day before classes begin for the 2021-2022 academic year, the college will officially open a space for beyond-the-classroom experiences.

First-Generation students thrive in CEC's first Summer Start Scholars Program

The College of Engineering and Computing is proud to announce that 20 students in the inaugural First-Generation Scholars cohort successfully completed the CEC's Summer Start Program.

Dougal looks back on nine years as Electrical Engineering Department Chair

Professor Roger Dougal oversaw the Electrical Engineering Department over the last nine years. Through accomplishments, challenges and changes, Dougal looks back on his leadership position while using personal experiences to plan his future.

Ali to begin term as Electrical Engineering Department Chair

Professor Mohammod Ali will bring his diverse experience, teaching and research over his 20 years at the college into his new leadership appointment in the Electrical Engineering Department.

Flow boiling research headed to International Space Station

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.

Mentorship program puts CEC senior in fast lane to success at Volvo

Abby Simmons, a May 2021 mechanical engineering graduate, recently started a two-year rotational program with Volvo in Ridgeville, South Carolina. If it weren't for the guidance and advice from one CEC mentor, this excellent student might've missed her exit to opportunity.

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.

UofSC developing maintenance practices for Army's Future Vertical Lift vehicles

Researchers at the College of Engineering and Computing's McNair Aerospace Center are working with the Department of Defense to develop an MSG-3 framework for the U.S. Army's new fleet of aircraft called Future Vertical Lift vehicles, or FVLs.

UofSC researcher develops cloud learning platform used by schools and Army in wake of COVID-19

Approximately 100,000 learners used the platform between January 2020 and May 2021, an achievement that places UofSC and partners at the forefront of new learning models.

A new way to ‘see’

Pooyan Jamshidi, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering, is a principal investigator on a three-year $500,000 NSF collaborative grant to develop the intelligence and computing capabilities for a smart device dubbed SmartSight. The platform will enable on-device artificial intelligence to improve real-time perception for blind and visually-impaired users.


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