College of Engineering and Computing News

CEC honors distinguished alumni at Homecoming

Hamilton Lott, Jr.placeholderLauren CaldwellplaceholderDuring its Homecoming celebration, The University of South Carolina’s College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) honored two distinguished alumni for their professional accomplishments and devoted service to the College. The CEC presented Hamilton Lott, Jr. with the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award, and Lauren Caldwell accepted the honor for the Young Alumni Award.

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes an individual who has made notable contributions to his or her profession, community and university.

Lott, a 1972 graduate of USC with a degree in civil engineering, has worked for the Nucor Corporation for 37 years. Since 1999, he has served as Executive Vice President of the company, which is the nation’s largest steel producer. Lott supports the CEC both financially and through his service on the Dean’s Advisory Board.

“I am honored to be recognized by my alma mater,” said Lott. “I want to thank the faculty and staff committee that nominated me for this award. My wife, Barbara, and I have tried to maintain a close relationship with the College of Engineering and Computing because I owe them for the excellent education that I received.”

Lott and his wife live in Columbia and have two daughters, Ginny and Betsy.

The Young Alumni Award recognizes an individual who graduated within the last decade and who shows the potential to make a positive impact professionally and serve as an example for other recent graduates.

Lauren Caldwell is a 2006 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. As a process engineer for the CH2M Hill division in Spartanburg, she specializes in the safety of chemical plants.

“I am very flattered and honored that I received this award,” said Caldwell. “Since I have graduated, I have had nothing but positive contact with the College of Engineering and Computing. I think it’s important for alumni to maintain a relationship with their alma mater for both professional networking and as a chance to give back to a University that gave so much to them.”

Caldwell and her husband, Ben, live in Wellford. She was also a semi-finalist for the New Face of Engineering Award, given by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, in 2010.

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Media contact: Kathryn McPhail, Director of Communications and Marketing, College of Engineering and Computing, University of South Carolina, 803-777-2576,