The Zucker Family Graduate Education Center will foster collaboration and innovation in a place where students, university faculty and staff, and private industry will interact on a daily basis. The center’s graduate programs will support the growing technical workforce in the area and enable working professionals to get career-advancing degrees without leaving the Lowcountry. Office space will also be leased to industry looking to engage with faculty, students and researchers. The approximately 70,000-square-foot center is scheduled to be ready by fall semester 2016. Until the center opens, courses will be held at the Lowcountry Graduate Center.
Students will have the opportunity to do research in cutting-edge labs right across the street from the Zucker Graduate Education Center.
The SCE&G Energy Innovation Center houses the Duke Energy eGRID, an electrical grid simulator, and a $98-million facility that tests wind turbine drive trains. The two labs are linked and allow researchers to work on some of the technical challenges that need to be overcome to widen the use of renewable energy, such as wind and solar power.
The Warren Lasch Conservation Center is a state-of-the-art materials analysis and characterization facility that can analyze artifacts or modern materials of metal, wood, textiles, polymers, glass, or ceramics. The tank room houses a 90,000-gallon tank with two 20-ton cranes on rails where research and conservation is conducted on the 1860s submarine H.L. Hunley.