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.
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
"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,
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