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South Carolina State University’s nuclear engineering bachelor degree program have earned reaccreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

The ABET reaffirmation shows S.C. State’s nuclear engineering program is one of quality, Acting President Dr. W. Franklin Evans said.

“It tells the world that our graduates can enter the nuclear engineering profession as skilled and competently qualified professionals ... (it) says to employers and to the public that S.C. State prepares its students and graduates with ‘best practices.’”

The accomplishments and successes of the nuclear engineering program have come through sacrifice and hard work of an outstanding, award-winning faculty and staff who believe in S.C. State and its students, said Dr. Kenneth Lewis, head of the College of Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology.

The world is already watching the accomplishments of the nuclear program with “amazement and awe,” Lewis said. “But we will soon see the same kind of things happening in computer science, industrial engineering and civil engineering.”

S.C. State’s nuclear engineering program was first accredited in 2008 with fewer than 20 students. Today, it’s grown to include more than 50 scholars from across the state and nation. It stands at the forefront of an anticipated nuclear workforce shortage, Lewis said.

Many graduates go directly into industry while others go on to pursue post-baccalaureate engineering degrees at top schools such as Michigan State University, University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Columbia University, he said.

S.C. State’s degree program is the only one offered in the state or among Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

For more information on the nuclear engineering program, contact Lewis at 803-536-8860 or klewis31@scsu.edu.

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