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Camden man is Young Engineer of the Year
Young Engineer
Mitchel Cooper, of Camden (right) accepts the 2019 S.C. Society of Professional Engineers Young Engineer of the Year award from a society official during its annual conference and trade show on June 7 in Greenville.

The S.C. Society of Professional Engineers (SCSPE) named Mitchel Cooper, PE, of Camden its 2019 S.C. Young Engineer of the Year at its annual conference and trade show on June 7 in Greenville.

Cooper is a 2010 graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering where he emphasized his studies in the areas of transportation and construction. While at Clemson, Cooper played in the Tiger Band and enjoyed Clemson football.

He started working in engineering while at Clemson, interning at the S.C. Department of Transportation in roadway design, bike and pedestrian design, and seismic bridge plans. He then interned at King Asphalt. His experience at King Asphalt led him to become an undergraduate assistant in Clemson University’s Asphalt Rubber Technology Service.

After college, he began his career at Boggs Paving. Wanting to practice engineering, he moved to STV Inc. in 2012 where he was a lead designer. Cooper is still at STV and is now a project manager in the Columbia office.

Cooper is active in the American Society of Civil Engineers, is a graduate of the American Council of Engineering Companies of South Carolina Future Leaders, and was recently sworn in as vice president of the S.C. Society of Professional Engineers’ Columbia Chapter.

He gives back to his community as a WatchDOG at Camden Elementary School, and is active at First Baptist Church of Camden.

He and his wife, Katie, have two children. He enjoys spending time with his family and watching Clemson football.

“Mitchel is exactly what we look for in a member. He brings great ideas to the table, and we look forward to him moving up in to leadership in SCSPE,” SCSPE Executive Director Adam B. Jones said.

The SCSPE Young Engineer of the Year is a practicing Professional Engineer under the age of 35