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Molinaroli College of Engineering and Computing

  • Top to bottom, left to right, Morgan Romano, Shannon DePratter,  Andrew Gross and William Mustain

2023 Year in Review

2023 was an exceptional year for the CEC. Our faculty continued to receive funding for innovative research and were recognized for their work inside and outside the classroom. CEC students received awards as they utilize their experiences toward successful engineering and computing careers. Finally, our alumni have distinguished themselves nationwide through a variety of activities to teach, inspire and improve lives. We look forward to more success stories in 2024.   

Creating innovative solutions and collaborations


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    Charged and ready to go

    A group of CEC researchers is energizing the new SC Nexus initiative.

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    Bringing HIV testing to patients

    Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Assistant Professor Chang Liu is currently working on research that aims to develop a specialized HIV self-test that could help lower transmission rates and allow for early treatment to reduce the chances of developing AIDS.

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    Adapting innovative systems for more secure naval communications

    U.S. Navy communications and mission capabilities continue to evolve from basic voice communications to higher data bandwidths, which require new modes of operation. Electrical Engineering Professor Guoan Wang is currently leading research for creating future infrastructure for secure wireless communications.

A passion for teaching and inspiring


  • Ralph White

    Electrochemical Society student research award named in honor of Ralph White 

    The Ralph E. White Outstanding Student Award will recognize promising young engineers and scientists in the field of modeling and simulation of electrochemical systems, such as batteries and fuel cells.

  • Andrew Gross

    Gross earns DARPA Young Faculty Award

    Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Andrew Gross recently received an award to pursue research for developing the next generation of material testing methods. 

  • Paul Ziehl and Sarah Gassman

    CEC faculty recognized for outstanding contributions to the South Carolina engineering community

    Two Civil and Environmental Engineering professors were recently honored by the South Carolina Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers

Setting goals and having the vision and passion to succeed


  • Shannon DePratter

    Depratter one of four USC students named Goldwater Scholars

    Biomedical engineering student Shannon DePratter recently earned a national award that recognizes the outstanding work and research of STEM undergraduates.

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    Chemical engineering team places first in national competition  

    A team of CEC chemical engineering students finished first in a recent competition involving the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions in product design.

  • Neve Steger

    Civil engineering graduate student earns prestigious scholarahip

    Neve Steger was recently awarded the Robert P. Stearns/SCS Engineers Scholarship from the Environmental Research & Education Foundation to help support her research related to sustainable solid waste management.

Inspiring the next generation

  • Morgan Romano

    Engineering alumna uses beauty pageants, philanthropy to inspire STEM interest in young girls

    Miss USA Morgan Romano knows all too well that only 28% of the STEM workforce is made up of women, and she's using her platform to spark interest in young girls and help create a pipeline for more women to pursue careers in the STEM fields.

  • Hannah Breed

    Alumna recognized for contributions to Charlotte business community

    Hannah Breed was recently named one of Charlotte's 50 Most Influential Women due to her significant impact on the Charlotte engineering and greater business community.

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    CEC honors distinguished alumni

    The CEC honors our  alumni and their outstanding achievements in engineering.


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