September 24, 2021

CEC alumnus building pipeline for South Carolina's future engineers

By: Mykayla Capeles

Daniel Dorsel is a 1995 mechanical engineering graduate. As president of the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, he gets to exercise his passion for working with students.

After graduation, he worked as a consultant for PWC but found his passion for working with students. In 2012, he went to GSSM as an administrator, and in June, became president. With his engineering experience, he was able to engage with the students and talk to one who was eager to learn about engineering and computer science.

“When I talk with our students who graduate or finish our engineering program, I say there are three things that engineers do,” said Dorsel. “The first is to see every problem as an opportunity, and the second is how can I arrive at the most efficient solution? The third piece is you absolutely can't do anything of that magnitude by yourself, and so you have to rely on others.”

Due to his passion, he is responsible for 60 to 70 percent of students staying in South Carolina for college by taking college credit courses in high school and being ahead of the game when they come to campus. Dorsel hopes the experience students get at GSSM and college will prepare them for future roles and careers that have a meaningful impact in South Carolina, the nation and the world.

Read the full story, written by Zach Driver, on the College of Engineering and Computing website.

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