2021: Year in Review
COVID-19 may have remained a part of our lives, but it did not stop the continued success of the college community. Take a look back at some of our accomplishments in 2021.
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COVID-19 may have remained a part of our lives, but it did not stop the continued success of the college community. Take a look back at some of our accomplishments in 2021.
Assistant professor Sanaz Sadati, a chemical engineer, will use her prestigious research award to expand understanding of the crystallization of blue phase liquid crystals under curved confined boundaries, which has potential applications in the fields of photonics and nanotechnology.
Drug coated balloons are an established technology and have a history of use, despite low drug delivery efficiency. To increase the device's effectiveness, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Associate Professor Tarek Shazly is part of an NIH-funded grant to make design improvements.
Electrical Engineering Distinguished Professor Adel Nasiri's significant contributions and innovations have led to him receiving a prestigious honor.
Adel Nasiri joined the University of South Carolina as a distinguished professor of electrical engineering in August, following a 16-year career at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research on energy conversion, microgrids and batteries has taken on added import as sustainability, efficiency and resilience efforts ramp up during the age of climate change.
Senior Dakota Larrabee's idea to conduct research on smart farming via an automatic watering system came from his own experiences of forgetting to water his own garden. Now, he has utilized his Integrated Information Technology learning and experiences to simply how produce can be grown.
The COVID-19 pandemic created challenges to the quality of care not only by increasing the number of patients needing mental health treatment, but also by moving many appointments and communications from in-person to telehealth.
For the last seven years, the college's General Atomics Center has performed research in relevant areas to meet future energy needs and promote clean and safe nuclear energy.
With more pressure on the military to extend the lifespan of combat systems, Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Yi Wang has been performing research on optimizing how robotics systems can detect and repair faults and have the power to make decisions.
LEDs are increasingly replacing traditional sources of light, such as incandescent bulbs and fluorescent tubes. Ultraviolet LEDs have limited usage because of low efficiency, but Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor Iftikhar Ahmad is researching on how using new materials can increase effectiveness.
With a deficient infrastructure of water resource projects nationwide, Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Hanif Chaudhry will lead research to determine if biopolymers can be used to strengthen the structures.
After graduation, I would like to stay in Charleston and work in manufacturing and design for aviation or automotive. Some of my prospective companies include NIWC, the Boeing Company and Volvo. I also enjoy painting in my free time.
The current method for storing used nuclear fuel is considered safe, but Mechanical Engineering Professor Travis Knight is working on innovations to improve the technique, such as eliminating instrument insertion and preventing leaks.
Senior Kiersten Crouse has been interested in engineering since her childhood. Through research and experiences inside and outside the College of Engineering and Computing, she is excited to begin her career next year to apply her knowledge for medical applications.
When Distinguished Professor Adel Nasiri joined the faculty this past August, he brought an extensive experience of establishing electrical engineering research programs and initiatives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the 2021-2022 academic year begins Thursday, three new professors will begin their teaching and research at the college.
The day before classes begin for the 2021-2022 academic year, the college will officially open a space for beyond-the-classroom experiences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a professor of chemical and biomedical engineering, Melissa Moss combines both engineering theory and hands-on learning in the classroom. She was chosen as a Mungo undergraduate teaching award winner.
Simulation and computing is a mainstay in engineering design, a mathematical modeling process that allows engineers to predict the behavior of a machine or system in real-world conditions. But if the datasets are huge and complex, modeling can take days or even weeks to sort out. That’s why Yi Wang is using a method called reduced-order models to speed things up.
As an engineering major in the Honors College, Cole Shubert '19 had big dreams, but he never expected to find himself with a career that's out of this world.
In April, the Carolina Girls dance team placed first in the 2021 National Dance Alliance National Team Division I-A Finals. Three of these national champions, Abigail Delnoce (Computer Science), Conner Johnson (Biomedical Engineering) and Morgan Paschal (Chemical Engineering) are students in the College of Engineering and Computing.
At the University of South Carolina, we are looking to the future by applying principles of digital transformation to the entire U.S. health care industry.
This interdisciplinary program is designed specifically to produce highly qualified professionals and leaders with expertise in both information technology and health administration. Watch our video to learn more.
Myra Robinson is a senior statistician at the Levine Cancer Institute (LCI) in Charlotte, NC. By day, you can find her consulting with clinicians and researchers on clinical trial designs, overseeing the status of open-to-accrual clinical trials, processing and analyzing datasets or compiling statistical results for a variety of reporting requirements.
Ben Schooley of the College of Engineering and Computing is transforming health care using digital technology that facilitates communication between patients and health care providers. He is involved in a number of research projects designed to improve patient wellness, partnering with health systems such as Prisma Health.
Since 2019, three CEC faculty members have been nominated by their students for the Two Thumbs Up Award. Given by the Student Disability Resource Center, the award recognizes faculty that go above and beyond to assist their students.
Seven undergraduate students from the College of Engineering and Computing have been awarded grants from the NASA SC Space Grant Consortium in furtherance of their research in the areas of composite manufacturing and future factories.
Electric vehicles have long been seen as a viable eco-friendly alternative to traditional cars that require gasoline. However, as with all new technologies, development is still needed to make affordable EVs a reality.
The Office of Sustainability along with mechanical engineering students worked together to create a sustainable solution for providing power to events at UofSC. The solar trailer is a converted, movable trailer that is able to store energy from the sun and power electrical equipment.
The capstone design program is a required senior-level course that aims to solve real-world challenges for businesses. More than 30 groups of seniors displayed projects culminating in months of hard work with many different companies.
Sydney Womack’s calendar has been booked nearly solid during her four years at South Carolina and little wonder — she majored in biomedical engineering, minored in mathematics, earned a performance certificate in the School of Music, conducted undergraduate research and co-authored a scholarly article and three poster presentations.
This year, 17 students were named Outstanding Seniors by their departments and the SC Society of Professional Engineers.
In association with the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineering (IEEE), a small group of students, advised by Assistant Prof. Kristen Booth, has reactivated a national honor society for computer engineering and electrical engineering students - the Delta Phi chapter of Eta Kappa Nu.
For years, conversations surrounding nuclear energy have been silenced by anecdotal fear of cataclysmic disasters. But now, these fears are dated. As I look at the work of our faculty, and the high-quality students we are preparing to enter this industry, I know that the field of nuclear energy is ready to help combat the growing climate crisis.
The College of Engineering and Computing announces the appointments of Melissa Moss and Mark Uline as the new chair for the Department of Chemical Engineering and director for the Biomedical Engineering Program, respectively.
Students in the integrated information technology program connect with companies across the country during their senior capstone experience. Director of Internships Tony Dillon calls it the "technology talent pipeline."
South Carolina is developing simulation tools and operational processes that will improve the affordability and safety of future vertical lift vehicles, also known as urban air mobility aircraft. As one of six research teams awarded a NASA ULI grant, our college will play an integral role in developing these aircraft of the future.
CEC alumnus Kenneth Allen is working to develop mobile micro nuclear power plants, or MMNPs. His research could provide safe and clean energy to troops overseas, eliminating their need to transport fossil fuels and keeping them safer.
Fabio Matta is working to improve concrete durability using extremely small amounts of graphene oxide nanoribbons in collaboration with the Savannah River National Laboratory. He believes that this process can help make concrete tougher and more durable.
Health information and technology expert Elizabeth A. Regan writes in The Conversation the flaws that COVID-19 has revealed about the U.S. health care system.
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.
Lucy Yu is developing a technology that will repair and mitigate stress corrosion cracks in nuclear spent fuel storage containers. Her research will potentially reduce the safety hazard associated with nuclear spent fuel storage by preventing leaks of radioactive materials.
Chang Liu has received a 2021 Early CAREER Development Award from NSF in support of his proposal to develop improved diagnostic testing technologies. His findings are expected to improve the accuracy with which infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV and COVID-19 are diagnosed.
Adjusting on the fly to perform impactful work has become a skill for University of South Carolina alumna Kate Mingle, and has put her on a path to supporting a vaccine process with worldwide implications.
A professional and social support system is essential for every college student's wellbeing, and the pandemic has only made this truer. Despite social distancing restrictions, Alpha Omega Epsilon, has continued to provide a tight-knit support system that empowers members.
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.
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.
Asif Khan is the recipient of the first-ever Lester F. Eastman Award given by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Electron Devices Society. He is being recognized for his work with semiconductor devices, which are key building blocks for next generation power electronics.
The University of South Carolina and the Battelle Savannah River Alliance are partnering to conduct critical research at one of the country’s premier national laboratories – the Savannah River National Laboratory. The partnership will contribute to workforce development and provide cutting-edge advancements in national security, energy and environmental research.
Sepideh Norouzi and Kyung-Eun You received the American Institute of Chemical Engineer's Women in Chemical Engineering (WIC) Travel Award. This provided them free admission to AIChE's 2020 Annual Meeting and a year's membership to the professional organization.
Drew Pereira is contributing innovative ideas and game-changing technologies to things like electric vehicles and renewable energy with his doctoral research. But now, the impact of his work is being recognized not only within UofSC, but by national laboratories.
The field of artificial intelligence (AI) has created computers that can drive cars, synthesize chemical compounds, fold proteins and detect high-energy particles at a superhuman level. Forest Agostinelli explains to The Conversation how artificial intelligence can help humans innovate.
The UofSC College of Engineering and Computing is proud to announce that graduate students Ben Egelske and Michael Royko have been selected as 2021 Koerner Family Foundation Fellows.
The Fellows program, ACM's highest honor, recognizes the top one percent of members for outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology. Sheth is one of 95 members chosen for the distinction among an international group of leaders across all of computing's disciplines.
As the world around us grows smarter, our country must grow smarter with it. And here at the UofSC College of Engineering and Computing, I am proud to say that we are leading this charge to improve the lives of all Americans by improving the infrastructure around them.
Sarah Gassman is part of a research study that will help the SCDOT better calibrate its pavement design to local climate and traffic conditions. The research is expected to improve road quality and durability for the betterment of all South Carolina drivers.
Michael Sutton was awarded the medal for his "pioneering contributions" to the fields of experimental solid mechanics and materials characterization. The recognition highlights the increasing importance of the DIC technology he created.
Engineered materials inhibit odors in socks, lend antimicrobial properties to medical bandages and extend the shelf life of some food and cosmetic products, including sunscreen. But what happens when it's time to dispose of them?
In this interview with The Conversation, MVS Chandrashekhar explains how smoke detectors work and why they sometimes sound an alarm for what seems like no reason.
Casey Lucas has spent her post-graduate career doing everything from designing roadways to managing multi-million-dollar projects. But, it's the impact she's had on the lives of young engineers that's helped her leave a lasting legacy in the Palmetto State.
Selecting which bridges in South Carolina get rated with restrictions is a tried-and-true process, but it does not take advantage of new and developing technologies. Paul Ziehl believes it is time for this process to change.
Society has changed its expectations of what things like cell phones can do. So, researchers and engineers like Yavuz Yapici and his team are working on finding new ways to meet the ever-changing needs of the public.
UofSC's rail group is set to bridge the gap between the rail's past and its upcoming future. As its work progresses, the nation's largest federal funders are taking notice.