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Clemson Professor Inspiring Future Engineers

As the nation’s infrastructure ages and advanced manufacturing becomes a larger piece of the economic pie, our next guest says the need for engineers will only grow, especially in South Carolina.  And that's why he is working with students in middle and high schools across the state involving them in activities like building air-powered cars and testing towers against earthquakes, to hopefully spur their interest in engineering.

Mike Switzer interviews Brad Putman, an associate professor of civil engineering at Clemson University and his traveling engineering program for students is called Emagine.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.