USC and IBM celebrate grand opening of new center

The University of South Carolina and IBM are celebrating the grand opening of a new $25 million Center for Applied Innovation and analytics.

Thursday the University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides, executives from IBM, and local and state leaders joined at the 110,000 square-foot building located on the corner of Assembly and Blossom.

The center is expected to house collaborative research efforts between the university and IBM.

Pastides described the center as one that will move the university forward.

He says having IBM located on campus will help students advance their skills in technology and improve their employment chances for IT careers. "I'll tell you what I am most happy about and that is the internship and Co-Op opportunities for USC students. How great will it be some day when they apply for jobs or grad school and say I interned with IBM on the internet of things. We are not talking about 2 or 3, we are talking about dozens and eventually hundreds of students who will have this opportunity" said Pastides.

IBM executives say they will be moving in 60 IBM professionals into the building. It is the second public/private building developed on USC's campus.
Pastides also believes that the center is the start of future partnerships with other companies.

"I would anticipate that before a year is out there will be another announcement about a company that says if IBM is partnering, I think we want to partner too, so I think it's the beginning of many great things to come" said Pastides.