Alumni Q&A: Grace Porter
Grace Porter, '18 is not only working to improve the state's transportation infrastructure, she is also passionate to mentor and prepare the next generation of engineers.
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Grace Porter, '18 is not only working to improve the state's transportation infrastructure, she is also passionate to mentor and prepare the next generation of engineers.
USC researcher Melissa Moss has studied Alzheimer's disease for decades, and she's coming closer to finding medicines that will help patients keep their memories longer.
On his way to earning his Ph.D. in computer science, Manas Gaur has worked to integrate more "human knowledge" into artificial intelligence. His work has applications in a wide range of fields from mental health care to autonomous driving.
It has been another successful calendar year with innovative research, student success and recognition, and alumni achievements. Take a look back at some of the research, awards and events throughout 2022.
Chemical engineering major Madasen Kasprisin will graduate next week from the University of South Carolina, a school she initially had no intentions of attending. Four years later, she is ready to begin her professional engineering career at Thermo Fisher Scientific.
About 150 first-generation, first-year students attend the College of Engineering and Computing each year, and a three-week residential experience during the summer is designed to support first-generation students' transitions to university life.
A new minor introduced this semester within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will help prepare students for a career in sustainable environmental fields.
December graduate Sarah Anne Livingston didn’t just ace her engineering classes. She also engineered her future by racking up a whopping six internships with three different companies.
Assistant Professor Golareh Jalilvand's current research has been making progress in expanding lithium-sulfur batteries efficiency and potential.
The University of South Carolina, in partnership with Apple Inc., is launching a free coding certification course in the Spring 2023 semester to teach Apple’s iOS language to students in the USC system and to community members across South Carolina.
Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Subramani Sockalingam is currently working on research that aims to better understand structure-property relationships of body armor materials that will help with soldiers' safety.
Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Lang Yuan is utilizing his expertise in 3D printing to develop a machine learning enhanced understanding of functionally gradient materials.
Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Austin Downey was one of only 60 individuals worldwide selected to attend a recent National Academy of Engineering symposium that also facilitated international and cross-disciplinary research collaborations.
2022 marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. Two USC women in research, Dr. Sanaz Sadati and Dr. Melissa Nolan, exemplify how Carolina is actively engaged in changing the culture for women beginning careers in academia and research. Their stories mark the first of a three-part series on Title IX’s impact by the Office of the Vice President for Research.
Faculty from four CEC departments are utilizing their expertise to assist the U.S. Navy by determining alternative fuels to limit carbon emissions for improving vessel performance and to combat climate change.
Juan Caicdeo is Garnet Apple teaching award winner
More than six million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease and that number is expected to rise to nearly 13 million by 2050. But one Ph.D. candidate is dedicated to better understanding methods of early detection and the disease's progression that could lead to improved outcomes.
A CEC alum has aligned her biomedical engineering education and skills into medicine. It also served as solid foundation and preparation for the rigors of medical school.
A trip out west helped motivate Civil and Environmental Engineering senior Roland Herbkersman to improve the infrastructure of dams.
As director of the Center of Integrative and Experiential Leaning, Pierce hopes to make opportunities for engagement more accessible and equitable for all students.
Cyber intelligence helps organizations better understand current and future threats to their digital infrastructure. One CEC student is planning to use her life-long interest and experiences in computer science to help protect against cyberattacks.
As the new faculty principal of the Rhodos Fellows Living Learning Community, John Gerdes is expanding students’ horizons in information, design and computing.
CEC Assistant Professor and artificial intelligence expert Forest Agostinelli will be part of an important discussion on the ethical and societal implications of using AI.
The area in Columbia known as "Malfunction Junction" is receiving a significant makeover to improve the area's transportation infrastructure. Several CEC alumni are involved in the massive project for improving travel for thousands of South Carolinians and out-of-state drivers.
Professor Abdel Bayoumi has researched and helped improved predictive maintenance methods for 24 years. He is now working on implementing a digital transformation to create a sustainable predictive maintenance program for the next generation of mechanical, electrical and structural systems.
A computer science and engineering graduate student is using artificial intelligence techniques to develop nutritional analysis from food images and meal recommendations based on a user's health conditions and food preferences.
The CEC's aerospace engineering undergraduate program continues to grow from its humble beginnings in 2018 and remains the only program of its kind in South Carolina.
Producing hydrogen has negative impacts such as high costs and carbon dioxide emission. But Mechanical Engineering Professor Kevin Huang is conducting research that utilizes reversible solid oxide cells for clean, efficient and high-yield hydrogen production.
Imagine someone using a wet waste, such as a banana peel, to efficiently extract and reuse its resources. Associate Professor Nicole Berge is conducting research to determine if these wet wastes can be converted to value-added products through a more sustainable and economically viable approach.
The College of Engineering and Computing announces three CAREER Award winners - Michael Gower, Monirosadat Sadati, and Sanjib Sur.
Accurately predicting levees' performance and hazards are essential for managing risk in flood-prone areas. Professor Jasim Imran's current research is developing a framework to better determine levee risk factors and predict where failures may occur.
This academic year's new faculty bring several years of research and teaching experience in computer science, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering.
An accelerated bachelor's/master's degree student has received a scholarship that will help enable him to pursue his research and interest in nuclear engineering.
SmartState Endowed Chair Professor Dan Cacuci recently had his first of three volumes released that focuses on his methodology to overcome the curse of dimensionality.
Candice Cheung, a third-year biomedical engineering Ph.D. student, has helped develop Biocord, an online community for biology enthusiasts. The group is now registered as a nonprofit with more than 20,000 members.
Assistant Professor Michael Gower will utilize his NSF CAREER award to investigate and help researchers better understand and improve the medical field's response to obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
The U.S. Navy is interested in advanced control systems as they extend the lifespan of their current fleet and plan to increase production. Electrical Engineering Professor Herbert Ginn is currently expanding on previous control systems research by being part of a larger effort toward deploying advanced controls.
It’s one thing to be late for a haircut because of a crossing train. But when Yu Qian spotted an ambulance with lights flashing and siren blaring — but blocked by a train — he put his civil engineering expertise to work.
Associate Professor Ramy Harik is utilizing a $1.1 million NASA grant to develop new processes for more efficient manufacturing of advanced air vehicles and lightweight structures.
Since establishing an Artificial Intelligence Institute in 2019, the university has seen growing interest in the subject across campus. There are now dozens of researchers throughout the university exploring how artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to advance fields from health care to manufacturing.
Ryan Geiser, '17 is bringing together researchers from several scientific and public health fields in the United Kingdom to better understand Alzheimer's disease and determine if any drugs are available for future study.
Paul Coman was recently recognized for his work on improving safety in lithium-ion batteries.
If you've ever generated an internal electric charge by using a cigarette lighter, you've utilized piezoelectric materials. To better understand the piezoelectricity phenomena, Associate Professor Tanvir Farouk is examining how combining these materials and plasma can be used in medical and other applications.
Lifelong interest in robotics leads professor to research in artificial intelligence, machine learning.
Business student Jake Birkmaier saw a need and brought his idea for a staircase software to develop in this past spring's Integrated Information Technology (IIT) Capstone Course. With the help of two IIT students, the team created a software system that saves time and ensures customer satisfaction.
The CEC advising office has been streamlining the advising process for undergraduate students. Their hard work has been recognized by the university with five awards that honor three outstanding advisors as well as the innovative processes of the office.
This is Michael Sutton’s lifetime achievement award. His Major League Baseball Hall of Fame induction. His Heisman Trophy; maybe even his Nobel Prize. When Sutton receives the 2022 Timoshenko Medal on Nov. 2, he will officially be recognized as one of the greatest scientists the field of applied mechanics has ever seen.
Associate professor of integrated information technology Jorge Chrichigno builds a virtual “playground” for IT education.
Brenden Chavis, an informatics Ph.D. student in the College of Engineering and Computing, is able to pay for his own education thanks to programs funded by Fluor Corp.
For the past 10 years, Fabio Matta, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been engineering earthen building blocks made from local soil. Up close, the blocks don’t look like anything special, but their simplicity is the appeal — the blocks don’t require firing in energy-intensive kiln furnaces and can stand up to the worst Mother Nature can throw at them.
As complete renewable energy is expected in the future, Electrical Engineering Distinguished Professor Adel Nasiri and his research team are developing efficient and low-cost architecture utilizing solar panels and voltage grids.
Assistant Professor Sanjib Sur recently received a five-year, National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his research on developing sensing and imaging applications for real world devices on future and advanced wireless networks.
How can the U.S. maintain an edge in space exploration? Mechanical Engineering Chair and Professor Travis Knight is working on research that uses mixed carbide fuels for nuclear thermal propulsion for increasing efficiency and decrease costs, rather than electric or chemical processes.
Jared Cronin was recently awarded a highly competitive fellowship from the Department of Defense that will help assist his continued research and development of U.S. Navy power and energy systems.
Jason Smith's fellowship will not only help support his research into digital twins but also allow him to utilize his knowledge and experiences by working with the U.S. Navy after completing his graduate studies.
As the number of electric vehicles continue to increase worldwide, CEC researchers have discovered the possibility of fires or explosions when operating or storing batteries in cold temperatures.
Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Sourav Banerjee is working with the U.S. Navy on research utilizing digital models of structures and AI to better detect defects and prevent catastrophic failure.
Chemical engineering graduate student Kidochukwu Atube and recent biomedical engineering graduate Tristan Marchena were recently recognized for their academic and research excellence.
Research at the College of Engineering and Computing and collaborations with statewide power and electric organizations is helping find new solutions using old technologies and storing energy from renewables.
When computer engineering major Dimitri Amiridis crosses the stage at commencement this spring, the South Carolina Honors College graduate will become the third member of his family with a degree from the University of South Carolina. The only member of his immediate family not to hold a degree from his new alma mater? Dimitri’s father, university President-elect Michael Amiridis.
The CEC along with the New York State Education and Research Network and the Engagement and Performance Operations Center hosted a two-day, online workshop for IT educators and professionals.
Chemical engineering Ph.D. student Kevin Enyekwe teamed with a fellow doctoral student from the Darla Moore School of Business to sweep the awards at a recent competition focused on solving a business problem for a nonprofit or community-based organization.
Professors Chang Liu and Sanaz Sadati recently had their research findings published as cover articles in two prominent journals.
Jeff Mulliken is a three-time CEC graduate. He has established a fund to not only help cover expenses in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, but to also motivate fellow alumni to increase the fund for providing tangible needs and solutions.
Mechanical engineering major Gabriel Nossar Carrilho is using what he’s learned at the University of South Carolina to serve the campus community, the Latinx community and even people in his native South America in need of clean water. For his efforts, Carrilho has been awarded the university’s top leadership award — the 2022 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.
Students had the opportunity to connect and network with engineering professionals and listen to keynote speakers discuss STEM-related experiences at the inaugural Diversity Gala.
UofSC will host the annual Awards Day ceremony to honor student excellence. Recipients from the Department of Chemical Engineering reflect on their time at the CEC and being honored as an Outstanding Senior.
UofSC will host the annual Awards Day ceremony to honor student excellence. Recipients from the Biomedical Engineering Program reflect on their time at the CEC and being honored as an Outstanding Senior.
UofSC will host the annual Awards Day ceremony to honor student excellence. Recipients from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering reflect on their time at the CEC and being honored as an Outstanding Senior.
UofSC will host the annual Awards Day ceremony to honor student excellence. Recipients from the Department of Electrical Engineering reflect on their time at the CEC and being honored as an Outstanding Senior.
UofSC will host the annual Awards Day ceremony to honor student excellence. Recipients in computing programs reflect on their time at the CEC and being honored as an Outstanding Senior.
UofSC will host the annual Awards Day ceremony to honor student excellence. Recipients from the Department of Mechanical Engineering reflect on their time at the CEC and being honored as an Outstanding Senior.
The University of South Carolina will host the annual Awards Day ceremony to honor student excellence. CEC students from each of the 10 undergraduate programs will be recognized for their achievements.
IIT student Sloane Luckiewicz initially had plans to join a ballet company. But instead of dance, she has found a path towards a fulfilling career in web development.
Seniors Abby Carroll and Whitley Ballard are making up for lost time.
The University of South Carolina is lending its expertise in hydraulics, river and stream modeling to a hydrologic project that has been awarded $360 million by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Mechanical Engineering Professor Austin Downey and Computer Science and Engineering Professor Jason Bakos are working together to develop programming and software for machine learning systems that can make real-time decision-making while minimizing risk.
The Garnet Apple Award for Teaching Innovation honors UofSC's most exceptional faculty who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to best teaching practices and an ongoing record of developing innovative strategies to enhance student learning in their courses. 5 recipients received this year's award and are to be commended for their accomplishments, including Juan Caicedo.
An undergraduate experience working at a test reactor in Germany led Kallie Metzger on a path toward a nuclear engineering career. Today, the skills and experiences from her time at the CEC have contributed to her success as a program leader in the safe delivery of advanced nuclear fuels.
Improvements in manufacturing is essential as technologies evolve. Two CEC professors have embarked on research to better detect defects, leading to improved quality and reduced costs.
Construction projects often face delays long before any work begins. But Professor Nathan Huynh is expanding his previous research to avoid lengthy delays through more efficient web apps.
A new water sampling aerial drone developed by University of South Carolina professors has six motors, four pumps, two batteries, one six-foot-long collection hose and a zero-carbon footprint. But this proof-of-concept machine could become even more impressive if the team is able to secure NSF funding for a new level of capability.
Professor Dimitris Rizos will utilize satellite monitoring and artificial intelligence to improve rail safety by detecting failure conditions and mitigating risks.
Electrical Engineering Professor Roger Dougal recently began research on developing a ship-like electrical grid testbed for developing and evaluating simulation tools to address the management of power and energy on electric ships.
Chemical Engineering Assistant Professor Monirosadat (Sanaz) Sadati is in the early stages of a five-year research project to better understand and determine how liquid crystals can adjust and work within the unique properties of curved geometries.
The expertise of chemical engineering professors Sirivatch Shimpalee and John Regalbuto are working together on research to increase ethylene's efficiency and profit.
Chemical engineering Ph.D. student Jennifer Naglic has a busy schedule of academics, research, family responsibilities and volunteerism. But as a non-traditional student, Naglic has successfully balanced all her obligations while pursuing her passion.
Multitasking and planning is necessary for all student-athletes. As Civil and environmental engineering seniors Kiera Hughes and Pressley Perry prepare to graduate in May, they have mastered managing their academic responsibilities with being track and field student-athletes.
Mechanical Engineering Professor Lingyu (Lucy) Yu plans to continue cultivating the diverse, equitable and inclusive culture for everyone as the college's new associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion.
Six Ph.D. students have each received $10,000 to help cover research and educational expenses, thanks to the Koerner Family Foundation Fellows program.
The CEC will host a visit from two officials from the Office of Naval Research on February 2. Rear Admiral Lorin Selby, chief of naval research, and Thomas Fu, Ph.D., head of the Mission Capable, Persistent, and Survivable Naval Platforms Department will visit the campus.
College of Engineering and Computing faculty Roger Dougal and Yi Wang have been awarded a combined $14.75 million in funding from the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) for their respective research.
A creative and inquisitive mindset and a passion for research has led alum Benjamin Davis on an entrepreneurial journey. He is currently working on how his smart technology can detect and even predict falls.
Professor Paul Ziehl is leading the development of strengthening methods for thousands of South Carolina's highway bridges, through a five-year study sponsored by a $960,000 grant from SCDOT and the Federal Highway Administration.
Optimal software performance is essential for modern systems, but for developers, configuring these components can be challenging. One CEC professor is currently working on a different method for testing and fixing complex, highly configurable machine learning systems.
Associate Professor Yi Wang and collaborators will perform research to develop a perception system for unmanned surface vessels (USVs). Its goal is to perform as well or better than a trained human captain in detecting and recognizing a variety of objects, obstacles and ships in all weather conditions.