Engineers, regardless of their discipline, share a common goal. That is, to innovate and develop solutions through building and design that we can integrate into our daily lives. But in the world of engineering, the basics are no longer enough, especially in a world dealing with the climate crisis and rapid technological advances.
Many universities are recognizing sustainability and national resilience as the way forward and are striving to design courses in line with current trends that will better prepare the engineers of tomorrow.
College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) The University of South Carolina (USC) has one of them. It is actively placing sustainability at the core of its engineering programmes, namely Urban and Environmental Engineering, chemical Engineering And mechanical Engineering, Students here learn to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics.
Juan Caicedo, Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, believes that sustainability, and civil and environmental engineering is a common goal of meeting the needs of present generations without compromising the needs of future generations.
“Civil and environmental engineers are the designers and builders of our infrastructure, our built environment. Therefore, we need to study and understand how our development affects the environment so that we can meet our needs and enable the future generations to meet their needs.
CEC graduates and researchers are examples of a highly trained and creative workforce capable of creating knowledge and solutions for critical issues related to national security and national resilience.
The concept of resilience refers to creating or adapting physical, informational and social systems to withstand traumatic or threatening situations. Ensuring the supply of energy, food and water among the high priority issues; ensuring cyber security and protecting cyber-physical infrastructure; protect the country’s intellectual property and manufacturing ecosystem; and strengthening critical infrastructure, including transportation, the electrical grid, buildings and beaches.
In CEC, Principal Investigator Hanif Chowdhary is testing environmentally friendly solutions in response to the growing need nationwide to rehabilitate federal and non-federal dams to reduce the risk of dam failure. of CEC Irfan Goharian and Song Wang A grant has also been awarded from Microsoft AI for Earth to develop an image dataset of water features.
“We are confident that our collaboration with Microsoft AI for Earth will help develop an intelligent flood detection and monitoring system,” says Goharian. “Public dissemination of the dataset will build the necessary foundation for many other applications in Earth and hydrology and their related issues around the world.”
High Impact Research Projects lay the foundation of graduate program at USC. They are designed to provide an exceptional, practice-based educational experience to budding engineers who aspire to drive global change. Such a teaching approach prepares graduates for research leadership positions in academia or in a number of industrial and government research positions.
USC students can learn about sustainability through a module on LCA (Life Cycle Assessment), an approach used to measure environmental sustainability. It involves analyzing the environmental impacts throughout the lifetime of a system or process and includes all relevant inputs and emissions to various components of the environment.
“Students learn to use LCA to answer questions or make decisions regarding the sustainability of civil and environmental engineering systems. They are taught sustainability in many courses taught within our department,” says Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering also aware of the principles of Nicole Burge,
Urban and Environmental Engineering The program is designed for those who want to help people through creating infrastructure systems that contribute to better environmental control and treatment of both the natural and built environment.
As one of the broadest engineering disciplines, the curriculum will help you build a strong foundation while giving you the flexibility to choose from five specializations – Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Water Resources Engineering. Again, with an emphasis on sustainability, students will learn to apply this type of concept to their future careers in research and the field.
“There are many opportunities to implement sustainability in civil and environmental engineering research and practice,” says Burge. “For example, research can be conducted to develop sustainable approaches to the management and treatment of waste. The development of sustainable materials that can be used in civil engineering infrastructure is another example of how sustainability can be considered in research. How it can be implemented. In practice, applying the principles of sustainability can aid in material selection and reducing emissions and waste by choosing environmentally friendly construction methods and approaches.
CEC’s chemical engineering graduate program is ranked in the top 30 nationally by the National Research Council and 14th nationally in federally funded chemical research and development by the National Science Foundation.
As a chemical Engineering As a graduate student in CEC, you will explore chemical process analysis, advanced chemical engineering thermodynamics, advanced fluid flow analysis, and advanced mass transfer. If you want to further strengthen your technical expertise or gain additional knowledge in project management or entrepreneurship, you can select elective courses tailored to your specific interests.
mechanical Engineering Students are no different. They acquire a broad base of mechanical engineering knowledge, in-depth research experience at the frontiers of mechanical engineering, and the skills for life-long learning and professional development. Whether you’re pursuing an MS, ME, or PhD, you can choose from these specialization tracks: Engineering Mechanics, Energy Systems, Dynamics and Control, and Manufacturing.
Regardless of your program, CEC students are provided with opportunities to work on a real-world problem such as capstone projects. The university also offers career support Which provides opportunities for industry exposure through co-ops and internships.
If you want to further your career or dive into research and education, CEC also offers Various Certificate and Graduate Programs, From aerospace engineering to engineering management and technology innovation and entrepreneurial engineering, there are ample opportunities to pursue research and fellowships with your respective departments and industries.
Discover the role you can play in improving society by developing sustainable engineering solutions for a rapidly changing world in the College of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina.
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