USC Aiken Engineering Students visit Hospital, See Real-World Application of Concepts Learned in Class

July 07, 2017

Dr. Daren Timmons, dean of the University of South Carolina Aiken College of Sciences and Engineering, and Assistant Professor of Engineering Dr. Bethany Fralick took students from the USC Aiken Industrial Process Engineering program to tour University Hospital in downtown Augusta. There, they met with Director of Systems Engineering Dr. Jonathan Turner and engineers Jamie Duffy and Brad Harkey to learn about process improvements the University Hospital team has made throughout the medical complex. Students toured the emergency department, operating room, and other areas of the hospital, learning about specific enhancements.

"I was really inspired by the engineers' focus on improving every aspect possible within the hospital," said USC Aiken student Travis Leischner. "I appreciated the engineers explaining their methodology behind their process of improvement on all the different projects."

The trip proved insightful for the students, some of whom said "It was great to see our degree being put to use."

USC Aiken, a comprehensive university in the University of South Carolina system, offers undergraduate and master’s degrees to more than 3,500 students in 50 programs of study. USC Aiken is ranked the #1 public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide "America’s Best Colleges." The 2017 distinction marks USC Aiken’s 19th consecutive ranking among the top three in this category and its 12th time in first place.