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Making the Most of Space in Space

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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

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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.

$7.7 million USDOT Center CAMMSE Underway

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Established in December 2016, the Center for Advanced Multimodal Mobility Solutions and Education (CAMMSE) is now up and running with numerous projects underway. UNC Charlotte is the lead in the multi-institutional initiative, which is funded by a $7.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Battery Energy Storage System Management for Improving Power Grid Reliability

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

To improve the way solar power is integrated and distributed to the grid using grid level batteries, Electrical and Computer Engineering Associate Professor Dr. Sukumar Kamalasadan and his students have been performing research at Duke Energy’s photovoltaic and battery storage system testbed in Catawba County since 2013.

EPIC Starts Affiliates Program

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Monday, June 12, 2017

To more directly engage energy engineering companies with its people and programs, the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at UNC Charlotte has established a new affiliates program.

The EPIC Affiliates Program offers several options for levels of involvement, based on the requirements of participants. The program currently has 10 members, spanning all levels of involvement.

49er Rocket Team has Soaring Finish at NASA Competition

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Lee College of Engineering Rocketry Team placed fifth out of 50 schools at the 2017 NASA Student Launch competition. The event took place at the Marshall Space Flight Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama, during the week of April 5-9, with the competition flight on April 8.

UTC Foundation Grant to EPIC

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The UTC Foundation, the charitable arm of the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), presented its first grant to the Energy Production & Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at UNC Charlotte. The contribution was given at an awards dinner on Wednesday, May 10thduring the UTC Telecom & Technology conference in Charlotte.

Class of May 2017

Date Published: 
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The William States Lee College of Engineering graduated its Class of May 2017, over the weekend of May 13th. Ceremonies started with the Order of the Engineering on Friday, followed by commencement and the final celebration reception on Saturday. Photos of the weekend are here.

Lee College of Engineering Energy Leaders Recognized

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Charlotte Business Journal and E4 Carolinas recognized one Lee College of Engineering alumna and one faculty member as energy leaders in the Charlotte region at the eighth annual Energy Inc. Summit and Leadership Awards.

Mechanical Engineering alumna Hannah Arrington (’07) was recognized as an Emerging Energy Leader. Systems Engineering Assistant Professor Dr. Tao Hong was recognized as an Outstanding Energy Educator.

Spring 2017 Senior Design Expo

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Monday, May 8, 2017

The William States Lee College of Engineering held its spring semester Senior Design Expo on May 4, 2017. Fifty-six teams presented their completed two-semester projects, and 26 teams presented their first-semester design-concept posters. A photo gallery of the Expo is here.

NAMAB Recognizes Members for Service

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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

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September 22, 2016

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

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

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September 9, 2016

Charles Rose, Jr. commencement speech

From Career to College

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September 7, 2016

Bobby Brigman photoOn a Nontraditional Track

Outreach to Local High School Students

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September 2, 2016

UNC Charlotte-SWE Spring High School Outreach

Spring SWE event

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.