Recent News

Class of 2021 Begins its Journey

Date Published: 
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Students from the class of 2021 started off their college careers with an exciting day on Aug. 21st, first with convocation in the morning and then the total eclipse in the afternoon. Photos of Lee College of Engineering students are here:

Exchanging Knowledge with Navajo Technical University

Date Published: 
Thursday, August 17, 2017

To learn more about manufacturing and metrology, and then be able to take that knowledge back to their area of the country to share, two students from Navajo Technical University’s Crownpoint, New Mexico, campus spent the summer at UNC Charlotte’s Center for Precision Metrology.

UNC Charlotte Sets Research Award Record in FY2017

Date Published: 
Thursday, August 10, 2017

In fiscal year 2017, UNC Charlotte recorded its highest ever total of sponsored research awards in the amount of $50,917,579, according to the Office of Research and Economic Development report of sponsored awards for July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017 .

Video about Charlotte Banks Organ Donation Initiative

Date Published: 
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Charlotte Banks - a regional research initiative led by Dr. Gloria Elliott of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science at UNC Charlotte focused on making more organs available for transplant, is the topic on this video edition of “Inside UNC Charlotte”.

49er Engineers Recognized at Air Force Design Challenge

Date Published: 
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Participating in the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s 2017 University Design Challenge, a team of UNC Charlotte engineering students received honorable mention for its ‘navigation intent and size/form factor’ work. The purposed of the competition was to help the Air Force solve a critical problem for the nation’s military and Special Operations community.

UNC Charlotte Researchers Opening New Field of Optics with Freeforms

Date Published: 
Monday, July 3, 2017

UNC Charlotte researchers have worked in the field of freeform optics for more than 10 years. In that time, numerous advances have been made that are now creating a whole new world of optical applications and fundamentally changing the way optical devices are designed. Undergraduate students, graduate students and alumni from the Lee College of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are working collaboratively on research and application of these new technologies.

From Student to Faculty Member, Freeform Optics is Constant for Dr. Joseph Owen

Date Published: 
Sunday, July 2, 2017

Through his undergraduate studies, senior design project, graduate thesis, summer internships, a job and now a position as a research faculty member, the one constant for Dr. Joseph Owen has been freeform optics. He has learned about them, made them, applied them, measured them and is now researching how to advance them to the next level.

Bharatkumar S. Joshi Memorial Scholarship Announces First Recipient

Date Published: 
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Arnab Baruah was recently announced as the first recipient of the Bharatkumar S. Joshi Memorial Scholarship, named in memory of Associate Professor Dr. Bharatkumar S. Joshi of the William States Lee College of Engineering.

Making the Most of Space in Space

Date Published: 
Monday, June 26, 2017

Future space missions will reach greater distances and span longer durations. Design of spacecraft and habitats to better accommodate habitability functions will be more important than ever. To achieve this, mission planners and spacecraft designers now need tools to help them better define habitable volume and identify mission and programmatic risks. Volume directly drives mass and cost, so well-informed estimates early in the design process are key.

Student Video Profile: Tucker Bisel

Date Published: 
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

With UNC Charlotte graduates accounting for roughly 10 percent of all NASCAR engineers, the University’s Motorsports and Mechanical Engineering programs are shaping the racing landscape. The programs also unlock worlds of opportunity for students like Tucker Bisel, who’s putting the pedal to the metal on a newly discovered passion.

NAMAB Recognizes Members for Service

Date Published: 
January 26, 2017

The National Ash Management Advisory Board (NAMAB) recognized members for distinguished service. Professor Susan Burns from Georgia Tech, Professor Lawrence Sutter from Michigan Tech and Professor Garrick Louis from the University of Virginia each received awards as they rotated into emeritus status. Also rotating but not present at the meeting were Dr. Patricia Galloway from Pegasus Global Holdings, LLC and Dr. Bob Jewell from the University of Kentucky.

UNC Charlotte Alum Spotlight: Manuel Zapata

Date Published: 
September 22, 2016

Manuel Zapata photo
[Photo credit: UNC Charlotte Belk College]

Alumni Spotlight: Charles Rose, Jr., Class of 2014

Date Published: 
September 9, 2016

Charles Rose, Jr. commencement speech

From Career to College

Date Published: 
September 7, 2016

Bobby Brigman photoOn a Nontraditional Track

Outreach to Local High School Students

Date Published: 
September 2, 2016

UNC Charlotte-SWE Spring High School Outreach

Spring SWE event

UNC Charlotte 49er Rocketry Club Team Featured in National Instruments Advertisement

Date Published: 
February 8, 2016

The UNC Charlotte 49er Rocketry Club Team was recently featured in a National Instruments advertisement. Check it out here.

Hammann's Talents Combine to Make Him GT Academy Champ

Date Published: 
February 4, 2016
Hammann's Talents Combine to Make Him GT Academy Champ

The reality of the competition was that to win, you had to excel at three tasks. Nicolas Hammann did, and he won, opening up incredible experiences for him across the world. He just couldn’t tell anyone.

Congratulations to Engineers Passing PE Exam

Date Published: 
January 29, 2016
New PEs at the Jan. 27 ceremony.
The William States Lee College of Engineering recognized engineers who passed the Professional Engineering Exam in 2015 at a reception ceremony on Wednesday, January 27, 2016.

Making a Positive and Powerful Impression

Date Published: 
January 21, 2016

The Lee College of Engineering, partnering with AREVA and the University Career Center, offered 50 engineering students a chance to enhance their professional development knowledge and skills on Jan. 20th.

Chris Tyler Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List for 2016

Date Published: 
January 11, 2016
Forbes has named Chris Tyler, a 2015 Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. graduate of the Lee College of Engineering, to its 2016 30 Under 30 list.
Forbes has named Chris Tyler, a 2015 Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. graduate of the Lee College of Engineering, to its 2016 30 Under 30 list. Tyler, 29, is now working for Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T) in St. Louis, Missouri, as a materials process engineer. A specialist in hard-to-machine materials, Tyler did his research work in precision engineering at UNC Charlotte. For his doctoral thesis, he created a database of the ideal conditions for milling based on the type of material. He also helped optimize the shape of wings on flapping wing vehicles to produce the greatest amount of thrust.

New Research Awards

Date Published: 
January 8, 2016
Congratulations to the Lee College of Engineering professors who received new research and additional funding awards for July, August and September of 2015.

ETCM Students Win Concrete Construction Competition

Date Published: 
January 5, 2016
From the left are Mark Stevenson, Carter Dold, Ashton Crabtree, Hunter Ballard and Joshua Beitz.

A team of UNC Charlotte Engineering Technology and Construction Management students won the 2015 Concrete Construction Competition sponsored by the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC). From the left are Mark Stevenson, Carter Dold, Ashton Crabtree, Hunter Ballard and Joshua Beitz.

Fall 2015 Expo

Date Published: 
December 14, 2015
The William States Lee College of Engineering held its fall semester Senior Design Expo on Dec. 11, 2015. Thirty teams presented their completed two-semester projects, and 53 teams presented their first-semester design-concept posters. A photo gallery of the winners and the Expo is here.

Video - Junior Design Fishing Rod Casting Devices

Date Published: 
December 9, 2015

The Junior Design class of Mechanical Engineering Professor Tony Schmitz designed and build robotic fishing rod casting devices, and then tested their creations at Bass Pro Shop. The competition included casting for accuracy and distance. The teams also had the opportunity to present their product to a panel of business leaders creating a "Shark Tank" like experience! A video of the event is here.

Haas Scholarship Gift

Date Published: 
December 2, 2015
Haas Scholarship Gift

In support of higher education in the field of advance machining engineering, the Gene Haas Foundation has given $20,000 to the Lee College of Engineering’s Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science Department for student scholarships. Haas Automation is the largest machine tool builder in the United States, manufacturing a complete line of CNC machines, lathes and rotary products.

2015-2016 New Faculty and Chairs

Date Published: 
November 24, 2015
The William States Lee College of Engineering is proud to announce the addition of two new department chairs and a number of new faculty and staff members to our college. As educators, researchers, technicians and administrators, these new people bring a wealth of experience from some of the best academic institutions and companies in the world.