Lee Stogner, Chairman, IEEE
The Engineering Industry in the state of South Carolina represents hundreds of companies and thousands of engineers. South Carolina engineers have designed major projects around the world in almost every industry. These industries include electronics, automotive, chemical, biotech, energy, infrastructure and a lot more.
The South Carolina Engineering Cluster has been formed to help customers understand their needs and find engineering solution providers.
The cluster helps link students to engineering careers through a partnership with the South Carolina Department of Education and the University of South Carolina Department of Engineering on Project Lead the Way. Project Lead The Way (PLTW) prepares students to be the most innovative and productive leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and to make meaningful, pioneering contributions to the world.
The engineering industry in the Carolinas is poised to have a great 2014. Requests for Quotation, RFQ's, to companies and consultants are up versus previous years. This is being driven by growth in construction, energy, transportation and the improving manufacturing sector. Meanwhile here in the Carolinas, the engineering industry is getting organized to ensure that it is ready to promote the economic development of the engineering industry. Governor Nikki Haley has asked the engineering schools, companies and individual engineers to develop a plan to better market, sell and deliver engineering and engineered products. Carolinas Engineering Cluster will be working to help organize these efforts. If it is done right, growth will have a positive impact on the rest of the economy in the Carolinas.As a first step of the plan, the cluster is working with SCBIZ News to develop a special publication that will detail our success stories, companies and people that make the Carolinas the "Go To" location for engineering. This publication will be distributed both nationally and internationally in paper and electronic form. If you would like to help the engineering cluster tell its story and provide sponsorship, please click here.
The South Carolina Engineering Cluster is focused on leading the nation in engineering projects in the green economy. In April 2010, the cluster connected with over 800 companies within the green industry. Because of a new executive order from the federal government, 500,000 buildings across the nation will have to comply with new energy-saving measures. South Carolina engineers will lead the way implementing changes, and it's all because of the South Carolina Engineering Cluster. URS and Parsons are two firms chosen from the cluster to roll out the necessary changes in federal requirements. A solid networking within the cluster, good relations with South Carolina's Congressional leadership, and a skilled workforce won the two South Carolina-based firms the contracts. The South Carolina Engineering Cluster is focused in 2010 on 'green engineering,' and will connect to a national conference of 800 plus companies in April.
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