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USC gears up for engineers week

Staff Report
Published Feb. 14, 2013

The University of South Carolina’s College of Engineering and Computing will host a number of activities ranging from an open house for K-12 students to a series of panel discussions during National Engineers Week, which begins Sunday.

Daily events will include lunch-and-learn sessions featuring guest speakers and panel discussions on entrepreneurship, startups and engineering careers.

There also will be two screenings of the documentary film documentary Switch, which explores what it will take for society to make the transition from oil and coal to alternative energy sources. The movie will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. Feb. 23.

On Thursday, the school will host a panel on the future of sustainable energy and the role of nuclear power led by Elwyn Roberts, visiting professor in mechanical engineering.

Panel members will include Steve Byrne of SCANA Corp.; Sumit Ray, Westinghouse Electric Co.; Bill Summers, Savannah River National Laboratory, and John R. Regalbuto, professor and holder of the SmartState chair for Renewable Fuels for the Fuel Cell Economy.

Roberts will present highlights from his white paper, which examines the United States’ increasing dependence on energy imports, and consequent threats to security of supply.

The panel discussion, co-sponsored by the local chapter of the American Nuclear Society, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in Room B213 of the engineering school building at 300 Main St.

An open house for aspiring engineers in grades K-12 will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 23, at the Swearingen Engineering Center, 315 Main St.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will include hands-on science projects, as well as displays of helicopter landings, electric cars and robots.

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