Best Leadership Award Winner Puts Education at the Service of Others – UofSC News & Events



Mechanical engineering major Gabriel Nossar Carrilho uses what he learned at the University of South Carolina to serve the campus community, the Latinx community, and even those in his native South America who need water. drinkable. For his efforts, Carrilho received the university’s highest leadership award – the 2022 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

Born in Brazil, Carrilho went to high school in Lexington, South Carolina. While in South Carolina, he worked to help other Hispanic engineering majors find a home in the field. He founded the university chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, growing the organization to 30 members and raising enough funds to send them to national conferences where they obtained internships, research positions, higher education and job offers.

“This organization has inspired hundreds of UofSC students to follow their dreams and work towards them,” says Carrilho. “From the time I was president, my goal was to make the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers a largely community-focused organization.”

It was clear to me from an early age that my passion was to lead and inspire those around me to achieve their dreams.

Gabriel Nossar Carrilho

As a project manager on Tiger Burn, Carrilho says he found himself leading, organizing, managing, scheduling and scheduling about two dozen American Society of Mechanical Engineers students as they built a 33-foot-tall “tiger” to be safely burned at a cheer rally before the annual Carolina-Clemson football game. The project required more than 80 hours of work to design and build the tiger.

“Leading the largest student-led engineering project has been an absolute honor, especially a project that defines the passion and spirit of the Gamecocks,” says Carrilho.

Thanks to his work with Engineers Without Borders, he was able to equip a small village in Ecuador with a water filtration device adapted to its living conditions. He was named a Magellan Scholar, which enabled him to fund further testing of filtration methods and study the safest filtration technique.

Carrilho also carried out research with ExxonMobil, where he studied the strategy of placing wells in ultra-deep water reservoirs.

Winner of the 2021 Student Affairs and Academic Support Standout Student Award, he has also been honored by many other companies and organizations. Among thousands of applicants, he was selected as a Nissan Design Competitor, which allowed him to present an invention to the leaders of the Japanese car manufacturer.

He was selected as a Society of Mechanical Engineers Manufacturing Scholar and named one of the nation’s next leaders in manufacturing. He was also chosen as the future leader of ExxonMobil, which gave him the opportunity to participate in several leadership trainings and presentations while meeting with the company’s senior executives.

All of the opportunities he had at Carolina fueled his personal desire to help others achieve their goals.

“From an early age, it was clear to me that my passion was to lead and inspire those around me to achieve their dreams,” he says.


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