SC State opens new engineering, computer science complex

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (SCSU) - South Carolina State University will officially open its new state-of-the art Engineering and Computer Science Complex on Friday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m.

Nestled between Hodge Hall, the University's science building, and Mays II, a male residence hall, the $24.5 million, 86,500 square foot complex features innovative classrooms, research centers, laboratories, offices and other academic support spaces.

"We are excited about the opening of our new Engineering and Computer Science Complex," says interim president, Dr. Cynthia Warrick. "This new facility serves as an integral part of student learning outcomes and hands-on training capabilities, which in turn provides our students with the necessary tools they need to thrive and compete on a global level. We also want to provide opportunities for collaboration with private and public partners to provide research experiences for our students and faculty."

In addition to the nuclear engineering program, the only one of its kind at a Historically Black College and University in the state of South Carolina, the complex houses the Departments of Civil and Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mathematics & Computer Science and Industrial & Electrical Engineering Technology.

SC State's Center for Energy Studies and the Center for Modern Manufatucing can also be found in the new edifice. The Center for Energy Studies serves as a pioneer for alternative energy with the study and production of biodiesel fuel, hydrogen fuel cells, solar energy iniatives and the production of hydrogen by its evolution from switchgrass and agriculture waste products.

The Center for Modern Manufacturing serves a slightly different purpose by utilizing cutting-edge techniques for robotics, megatronics and rapid prototyping, a process which constructs physical objects using additive manufacturing technology.

Digital signal processing, robotics, radiological and laser labs are also integrated in the design of the complex.