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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.

49er Rocket Team has Soaring Finish at NASA Competition

Date Published: 
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.

The Automotive Industry and The Fuels That Are Moving Us Forward

Date Published: 
April 12, 2017

See this link for details and registration information on Dr. Andrew Randolph, technical director of ECR Engines, and his topic he'll be discussing here at UNC Charlotte, The Automotive Industry and The Fuels That Are Moving Us Forward

Date: April 25, 2017

Engineering Careers Panel: Motorsports Engines

Date Published: 
March 14, 2017

Three engine engineers from Roush Yates Engines will talk about their careers in motorsports and their individual areas of specialty (valvetrains, cranktrain rotating assemblies, and electronic fuel injection (EFI) calibration). See the attached flyer for registration information. 

Date: 3/27/2017

Location: UNC Charlotte

                  Duke 345

Time : 6:00pm-8:00pm

Spring 2017 Motorsports Orientation

Date Published: 
January 19, 2017

Students,

We invite you to attend Motorsports Orientation on Monday, Janurary 23 at 8:00 pm in Duke Centennial Hall, Room 345. If you are unable to attend on Monday, we will hold a second session on Wednesday, Janurary 25 at 8:00 pm in Duke 345. Students only need to attend one of the sessions. 

US Army Top Fuel Car to Visit UNC Charlotte

Date Published: 
September 13, 2016

See the attached flyer for the US Army NHRA Top Fuel dragster visit to UNC Charlotte on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The assistant crew chief for the car (Brad Mason) will give a talk at 1:30pm and host a question and answer period. 

Motorsports Safety Test (Pink Badge)

Date Published: 
September 7, 2016

As it will be discussed in the Motorsports Orientations coming up, you must pass the Motorsports Safety test to obtain a Pink Badge and be grated access to work in the Alan Kulwicki lab. The Motorsports Safety test dates are shown below. You only have one chance to pass the test, which requires getting 3 or less questions wrong.

Fall 2016 Motorsports Orientation

Date Published: 
September 1, 2016

Students,

 

We invite you to attend Motorsports Orientation on Tuesday, September 6th at 8:00 pm in Duke Centennial Hall, Room 345. If you are unable to attend on Tuesday, we will hold a second session on Wednesday, September 7th at 8:00 pm in Duke 345. Students only need to attend one of the sessions. 

 

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 Profe

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
Chris Tyler Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List for 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.

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).

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.

The three completed projects judged to be the best were:

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

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.

UNC Charlotte Team Wins Energy Forecasting Prize

Date Published: 
November 23, 2015

A team of engineering students from UNC Charlotte has won the Institute Prize from the IEEE Power and Energy Society 2014 Global Energy Forecasting Competition. More than 400 students and professionals from over 40 countries competed on load, price, wind and solar forecasting.

Online History of the Lee College of Engineering

Date Published: 
November 19, 2015

Starting with the earliest days of Charlotte College, a new comprehensive history explores the growth and development of The William States Lee College of Engineering from 1946 through 2015. Based on archival records and more than 40 personal interviews, the history captures the overall history of the college in five chapters.

New Video Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Lee College of Engineering

Date Published: 
November 11, 2015

For 50 years, The William States Lee College of Engineering has been dedicated to providing its students with high-quality, experiential, hands-on education. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, a new video presents the mission, events and personal experiences that have made the Lee College of Engineering at UNC Charlotte the top academic and research institution it is today.

Dr. El-Ghannam Named President of International Society for Ceramics in Medicine

Date Published: 
November 9, 2015

The International Society for Ceramics in Medicine has elected Dr. Ahmed El-Ghannam of the Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science Department as its 2016 president. The election was made at the society’s 27th Symposium and Annual Meeting, which was held Oct. 27-29 in Bali, Indonesia. Next year’s symposium will be in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, from Oct. 18-20.

50th Anniversary Celebrated at Heritage Reception

Date Published: 
October 30, 2015

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, The William States Lee College of Engineering held its second annual Heritage Reception on October 29th at UNC Charlotte Center City. A scholarship event for students and donors, the reception focused on student success and the generosity it inspires. The event was led by Paula Canter, a Mechanical Engineering alumna now working at Sikorsky Aircraft.

Bob's Bash Homecoming Tailgate

Date Published: 
October 26, 2015

The Lee College of Engineering had its second annual football reception for alumni season ticket holders this past Saturday before the 49ers played against the Golden Eagles. Over 70 alumni, friends, family, faculty and staff continued celebrating the 50th anniversary of the college’s first graduate and Homecoming 2015 in Duke Centennial Hall lobby which sits directly across from the football field.

2015 College Picnic and 50th Anniversary Celebration

Date Published: 
September 28, 2015

Students, alumni, faculty, staff and professional engineering friends helped The William States Lee College of Engineering celebrate its 50th Anniversary on Friday Sept. 25th. Following the college’s annual Career Exploration, Recruiting and Networking Picnic, the crowd at the UNC Charlotte Student Activity Center enjoyed barbeque, drinks and live music. Photos of the picnic and celebration are here:

50th Anniversary Picnic is Friday

Date Published: 
September 23, 2015
WEATHER CHANGE UPDATE  - Due to the weather, we are moving the picnic INDOORS, to t

New Student Convocation

Date Published: 
August 25, 2015

UNC Charlotte held its first-ever New Student Convocation on August 24, 2015, to welcome and introduce all new undergraduate students to the university community. The Lee College of Engineering began the day for its students with “Donuts with the Dean,” a gathering that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the college and provided freshmen and transfer students with breakfast.

Fire safety researcher leading new study on wind-blown fire embers

Date Published: 
August 12, 2015

A researcher in the Fire Safety Engineering Technology program of the William States Lee College of Engineering is leading a new multi-institutional study designed to reduce wildfires and mitigate damages due to ignition or fire spread by wind-blown fire embers.

Dr. Tsu Presented Best Paper Award

Date Published: 
August 6, 2015

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Dr. Ray Tsu was presented the Best Paper Award at the 6th International Conference on Nanotechnology: Fundamentals and Applications, July 15-17, 2015, in Barcelona, Spain. The title of the paper was "Overcoming Losses in Metamaterials." Dr. Tsu’s coauthors were Mike Fiddy and Tsing-Hua Her, both of the UNC Charlotte Department of Physics and Optical Science.

New Research Awards

Date Published: 
August 6, 2015
Congratulations to the Lee College of Engineering professors who received new research and additional funding awards for April, May and June 2015.

Alumna Paula Canter Featured in Video

Date Published: 
August 3, 2015

Paula Cantor, and alumna of the Lee College of Engineering and a military veteran, is featured in a new video on the UNC Charlotte Graduate School's Veteran's Information Portal website.

EEAO Encourages Campus to Improve Air Quality

Date Published: 
July 16, 2015

The EPIC Energy and Environmental Assistance Office (EEAO) is conducting three raffles as incentives for employees and students to make healthy choices to improve air quality in Charlotte.

During the summer, Charlotte is affected primarily by ground level ozone, a pollutant that stems from exhaust from cars or trucks, especially when temperatures are higher, according to the EEAO.

Metrology Center and Coordinate Metrology Society Win NIST Grant

Date Published: 
June 23, 2015

Weatherford, TX – June 23, 2015 – The Coordinate Metrology Society and UNC Charlotte today announced they have won an Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) Grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department.

New Photovoltaic Technology Research Lab Opens

Date Published: 
June 16, 2015

With the purpose of teaching the science and engineering of solar energy and partnering with industry to research methods for producing more-efficient and lower-cost solar cells, the Lee College of Engineering has opened the new Photovoltaic Technology Research Laboratory.

Located in the Energy Production and Infrastructure Building, the new photovoltaic lab is under the direction of Dr. Aba Ebong, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

49 Rocket Team Places 3rd at NASA Launch Competition

Date Published: 
May 26, 2015

The Lee College of Engineering Rocket Team came in third place in the 2015 NASA Student Launch challenge that was held April 11 near the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Spring 2015 Newsletter Now Online

Date Published: 
May 26, 2015

The Spring 2015 newsletter of The William States Lee College of Engineering is now posted online. This issue includes stories and photos about our new Photovoltaic Research Laboratory, the college’s 50 anniversary events, 1960 alumnus Sam Bell, college research activities, new facilities and more. You can view the newsletter here.

Nathan Lambert Wins Graduate Student Veteran Assistantship

Date Published: 
May 18, 2015

Mechanical Engineering student Nathan Lambert is one of three military veterans who will begin earning a master’s degree at UNC Charlotte next semester aided by substantial awards provided by the University’s Graduate School. The funding, called an assistantship, will cover tuition and health insurance, plus a $12,000 annual stipend. The total value of the assistantship is roughly $36,000. The award requires students to aid professors in their departments with research and teaching.

Lee College of Engineering Students Take Top Places at Energy Forecasting Competition

Date Published: 
May 14, 2015

Doctoral students from several UNC Charlotte programs took top honors at an energy forecasting competition this spring.

Senior Design Expo Spring 2015

Date Published: 
May 1, 2015

The William States Lee College of Engineering held its Spring Senior Design Expo on April 30, 2015. Forty-five teams presented their completed two-semester projects, and 30 teams presented their first-semester design-concept posters. A photo gallery of the winners and the Expo is here.

The three completed projects judged to be the best were:

49ers Win 3D Printing Competition

Date Published: 
April 28, 2015

As members of a team consisting of one other college student and an active duty Army representative, four UNC Charlotte Lee College of Engineering students won a 3D printing design competition sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Office.

2015 Student Achievement Awards

Date Published: 
April 22, 2015

The William States Lee College of Engineering honored its outstanding students at the 14th annual Celebration of Student Achievement Awards on April 21th in the Student Activity Center.

The awards and students recognized were:

Benjamin O. Hood Service Award

Electrical Engineering Ph.D. Student Wins NSF Fellowship

Date Published: 
April 14, 2015

Kathryn Smith, who completed her bachelor of science in electrical engineering in 2013 and is now enrolled in the electrical engineering doctoral program, is one of three UNC Charlotte students to win National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships for 2015.

50th Anniversary at the Ballpark

Date Published: 
April 13, 2015

Alumni, faculty, friends and family kicked off a year of celebration in honor of The William States Lee College of Engineering 50th anniversary by attending a Charlotte Knights game on April 10. The 49er engineers had a great time eating, drinking visiting and watching an exciting game. A photo gallery of the night is here.

Tour of Fontaine Modification

Date Published: 
April 10, 2015

Two dozen College of Engineering students and staff had a chance to look under the hood on April 9th at the Fontaine Modification-sponsored Dinner and Learn at their north Charlotte facility. Over a dozen Fontaine engineers, including four alumni, gave small group tours to the attendees. Fontaine customizes large trucks for a variety of clients such Freightliner and Volvo.

Tau Alpha Pi Delivers 1,275 Items to Food Pantry

Date Published: 
March 31, 2015

On Friday, March 27, 2015, Tau Alpha Pi, the National Honor Society for Engineering Technology, delivered approximately 1,275 non-perishable food items to the UNC Charlotte Food Pantry. The pantry is located on campus in the Colvard Building, Room 3135. Each week the pantry serves 30 – 50 students in need. Tau Alpha Pi wanted to assist in serving the needs of fellow students.

Dr. Chris Vermillion Wins NSF CAREER Award

Date Published: 
March 25, 2015

Dr. Chris Vermillion, an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, has won a $500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award to further his research in creating low-cost methodologies that optimize the combined physical system and controller for high-altitude wind energy systems.

Dr. Johnny Graham Named to Hall of Fame

Date Published: 
March 23, 2015

Dr. Johnny Graham, a former student and professor in The William Stats Lee College of Engineer, was inducted into the UNC Charlotte Alumni Hall of Fame on March 17, 2015.

Since its inception in 1985, the Alumni Hall of Fame has honored only 69 of UNC Charlotte’s more than 100,000 graduates. Recipients are those who have demonstrated excellence locally, regionally and nationally, and in doing so have increased awareness of the high potential of UNC Charlotte alumni.

Parking Lot 23 to Close for One Week

Date Published: 
March 17, 2015

Parking Lot 23 located in front of EPIC, Grigg Hall and Duke Centennial Halls in front of Jerry Richardson Stadium will be closed for construction from March 18th through March 26th. The closure is to allow the installation of lights for the football stadium.

New 49er NC Professional Engineers

Date Published: 
February 23, 2015

Congratulations to the Lee College of Engineering alumni who achieved a personal and career milestone by obtaining their Professional Engineering License in 2014. The 49ers who passed the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors PE exam are:

UNC Charlotte Dedicates Siemens Energy Large Manufacturing Solutions Laboratory

Date Published: 
February 9, 2015

With the support of local industry who will benefit from its research capabilities, the Lee College of Engineering dedicated its new Siemens Energy Large Manufacturing Solutions Laboratory today.

2014 College Annual Review

Date Published: 
February 6, 2015

The 2014 Annual Review of The William States Lee College of Engineering is now online. Click here for stories, photos and charts about our many accomplishments and successes from the past year.

New Professional Engineers and Surveyors Recognized

Date Published: 
January 30, 2015

A professional and career milestone was celebrated by many as the Lee College of Engineering once again hosted the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors’ annual Certificate Ceremony. The Licensing Board recognized 20 Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors at the January 28 event. Dr. Bob Johnson, Dean, welcomed those in attendance, followed by the event’s keynote speaker, Dr.

New Research Awards

Date Published: 
January 22, 2015
Congratulations to the Lee College of Engineering professors who received new research and additional funding awards for October, November and December 2014.

Waverley Labs and Lee College of Engineering Announce Solution to Quantify Digital Risks for Power Grids

Date Published: 
January 20, 2015

Waverley Labs, a leading digital risk management (DRM) company, and The William States Lee College of Engineering today announced an innovative risk management solution based upon a research and technology collaboration focused on modeling relationships between cyber-attacks and the electric and physical infrastructures associated with the power grid.

COE Student Bulletin

Date Published: 
January 14, 2015

In This Issue:

  1. College of Engineering (COE) Undergraduate Scholarship Applications
  2. COE Maximizing Academic and Professional Success (MAPS) Transition Coaching
  3. News from the University Career Center (UCC)
  4. COE Senior Design Exposition
  5. Professional Engineers of North Carolina (PENC) Scholarship Opportunities
  6. Job Opportunity

 

2014 Engineering Staff Awards

Date Published: 
December 19, 2014

The winners of the Lee College of Engineering 2014 staff awards are Gina Robinson, OSDS Director for Recruiting and Freshman Advising, in the EPA category, and Yolanda McIlwaine, OSDS Senior Student Services Specialist, in the SPA category. Dean Bob Johnson presented the awards at the 2014 College of Engineering year end staff celebration.

Dec. 2014 Senior Design Expo

Date Published: 
December 8, 2014

The William States Lee held its December Senior Design Expo on Dec. 5, 2014. Project teams presented both their completed projects and their mid-project design posters. A photo gallery of the winners and the Expo is here.

The three completed projects judged to be the best were:

Engineering Faculty Teaching Awards

Date Published: 
December 3, 2014

The William States Lee College of Engineering has presented its 2014 Excellence in Teaching Awards to Dr. Tara Cavalline of Engineering Technology and Construction Management for undergraduate teaching, and Dr. Matt Whelan of Civil and Environmental Engineering for graduate teaching.

NC Coal Ash Forum on Thursday

Date Published: 
December 2, 2014

Professional Engineers of North Carolina (PENC) and the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) will host the first NC Coal Ash Forum on Thursday, December 4, 2014. The forum will begin at 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at EPIC. John L. Daniels, P.E. who is Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNC Charlotte will be the featured speaker.

Student Research into Closed-loop System

Date Published: 
November 21, 2014

Engineering Students Tour of Nucor Steel Mill

Date Published: 
November 18, 2014

So what is a “typical day” at a steel plant? Last month, about 45 Lee College of Engineering faculty and students hopped on a bus before sunrise and headed south to gain an insider’s look into the world of steel and to answer that very question.  

Civil and Environmental Engineering Wins Provost’s Excellence in Teaching Award

Date Published: 
October 27, 2014

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) has won the 2014 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for its successful decade-long efforts to improve student learning and outcomes as measured by the Fundamentals of Engineering exam.

New Course on HVDC Transmission

Date Published: 
October 23, 2014

Offered as ECGR 4090/5090 /ENER 6000 SPECIAL TOPICS: HVDC TRANSMISSION AND TECHNOLOGY, this course focuses on applications of the HVDC technologies in transmission of electric energy. Benefits, design aspects and dynamic performance of the HVDC systems will be discussed. Modern converter topologies, cable technologies, control and interconnection with AC grids will be studied.

Dr. Hilger Recognized by Water Environment Federation

Date Published: 
October 23, 2014

Former Lee College of Engineer professor Dr. Helene Hilger was recognized by the Water Environment Federation with its Fair Distinguished Engineering Educator Medal at its 87th annual WEF Technical Exhibition and Conference in September 2014 in New Orleans.

New Research Awards

Date Published: 
October 23, 2014

Congratulations to the Lee College of Engineering professors who received new research and additional funding awards for July, August and September 2014. A list of the new awards follows:

Discovery Channel Features UNC Charlotte Motorsports

Date Published: 
October 21, 2014

UNC Charlotte Motorsports Engineering students Jerry Dahlberg and Eric Fleischhauer, along with alum Sam Hellman, join faculty member Dr. Tkacik on the Discovery Channel to discuss water tunnel testing involving NASCAR’s Car of Tomorrow.

UNC Charlotte and SineWatts Team Wins Second SunShot Incubator Award

Date Published: 
October 17, 2014

CHARLOTTE. NC - October 17, 2014:  SineWatts Inc., a cleantech startup company based in Charlotte, NC, in collaboration with UNC Charlotte’s Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) as its primary research partner, has been selected for a second Incubator Award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to develop its Inverter Molecule™ product.  

New Faculty for 2014-2015

Date Published: 
October 9, 2014

The William States Lee College of Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte proudly welcomes 11 new faculty members in 2014. As educators and researchers, these new hires bring credentials from some of the finest universities in the country and a wealth of professional experience from industry.

Engineering Faculty Members Named to Coal Ash Solution Committees

Date Published: 
October 2, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Oct. 2, 2014 – UNC Charlotte Lee College of Engineering faculty members are among a prestigious group of experts seeking safe and practical solutions for disposing of coal ash.

The University has convened a blue-ribbon panel of nationally recognized experts to serve on an independent board that will review Duke Energy’s strategy and procedures for closing its ash impoundments in North Carolina and throughout the nation.

Rededication of the William States Lee III Mural

Date Published: 
September 16, 2014

Marking the 20th year of the naming of The William States Lee College of Engineering and welcoming the mural of the college’s namesake to its new home in Duke Centennial Hall, family and friends of Bill Lee gathered Sept. 11, 2014, to remember the man whose life and career embodied the principles of the college that bears his name.

OSIsoft and University of North Carolina Charlotte Partner for Smart Grid Research

Date Published: 
September 12, 2014

EPIC’s Duke Energy Smart Grid Lab at UNC Charlotte to use the Real-time PI System Data Infrastructure for Multiple Leading Edge Research Projects

Senior Design Kickoff

Date Published: 
September 8, 2014

Lee College of Engineering seniors met September 5 with their industry supporters and faculty mentors to kick off the 2014-15 cycle of Senior Design. There will be 46 projects in the cycle, involving 211 students, 44 faculty and industry mentors, and 47 technical representatives. Photos from the kickoff event are here.

Photos of NC DOT Steel Sheet Pile Project

Date Published: 
August 27, 2014

Civil and Environmental Engineering student and faculty researchers are working on a North Carolina Department of Transportation project to determine the axial bearing capacity of steel sheet piles used in short span bridges.

Fall Student Bulletin

Date Published: 
August 26, 2014

In This Issue: A welcome from Dean Johnson, Leadership Academy application information, news from the Career Center, scholarship information and more.

 

Rocket Team Soars Again at NIWeek

Date Published: 
August 25, 2014

For its innovative and efficient application of National Instruments products, the Lee College of Engineering’s Rocket Team won the opportunity to travel to Austin, Texas, this summer to present its project at the 20th annual NIWeek. Out of 3,250 student projects submitted from 25 countries for the Student Design Competition, National Instruments selected the 49er team as one of three finalist.

Classes to begin at Charlotte Engineering Early College

Date Published: 
August 22, 2014

Classes get under way Monday, Aug. 25, at the new Charlotte Engineering Early College, located in the shadow of EPIC. It is the first of its kind for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). An article about the new school in "Inside UNC Charlotte" is here.

An interview with Michelle Howard, the director of the Early College program, is here.

PHOTO GALLERY - The Fall 2014 Semester Begins

Date Published: 
August 19, 2014

The students have moved in and classes have begun. View photos of the engineering freshmen moving into Hawthorn Hall and the first days of classes on the beautiful UNC Charlotte campus here.

AREVA, Lee College of Engineering to Honor Leadership, Innovation

Date Published: 
August 18, 2014

AREVA TN Americas and UNC Charlotte’s William States Lee College of Engineering are partnering to recognize engineering and innovation in the Carolinas this fall through “Honoring our Legacy: Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders.”

IEEE Announces Global Energy Forecasting Competition 2014

Date Published: 
August 18, 2014

IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, announced on August 15, the start of the Global Energy Forecasting Competition 2014 (GEFCom2014)—sponsored by the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) and organized by the IEEE Working Group on Energy Forecasting. “The Global Energy Forecasting Competition invites data scientists from around the globe to tackle the forecasting challenges that the power and energy industry faces today.” said Dr.

College of Engineering Students Compete in UK Railway Challenge

Date Published: 
August 14, 2014

Teaming up with students from England’s University of Birmingham, two Lee College Engineering graduate students took part in the third annual Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Railway Challenge this summer, and learned that building a working electric locomotive is a real challenge.

Graduate Certificates are a Fast Start

Date Published: 
August 4, 2014

Whether you take them online or in the classroom, Systems Engineering certificate programs are great boosts to your career. Enrollment is open until Aug. 15 for new programs in:

Formula One Comes to UNC Charlotte

Date Published: 
July 25, 2014

Formula One racing came to the Lee College of Engineering last night, as Sauber F1 driver Simona de Silvestro and her car visited the Motorsports Research Building on the UNC Charlotte campus.

Engineering Professor Creates Artwork to Inspire Students

Date Published: 
July 24, 2014

Recently a painting of an SR-71 Mach 3 jet was added to the stairwell in Duke Centennial Hall. It is the latest creation by Dr. Peter Tkacik, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and engineering science in The William States Lee College of Engineering. Click here for more ...

ECE Student Wins Graduate Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award

Date Published: 
July 23, 2014

Yi Song, a Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering from 2008 to 2013, has won the UNC Charlotte Graduate Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award for students who graduated between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2014.

New Research Awards Listing

Date Published: 
July 21, 2014

Congratulations to the Lee College of Engineering professors who received new research and additional funding awards for April, May and June 2014. A list of the new awards follows:

Applying Science to Improve Manufacturing

Date Published: 
July 8, 2014

Through their research in developing advanced machining analytical models, Dr. Tony Schmitz and his students are bringing science to the art of high-speed manufacturing.

“We’re making manufacturing more efficient by applying a physics-based understanding of the processes involved,” said Dr. Schmitz, an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering and associate of the Center for Precision Metrology. “This is smart machining for use in intelligent manufacturing.”

Dr. Bob Hocken Retires

Date Published: 
June 30, 2014

Dr. Bob Hocken, one of the founding fathers of engineering and scientific research at UNC Charlotte, a distinguished professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science, the director of the Center for Precision Metrology, and an award-winning teacher, retires today, June 30, 2014.

Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. Student Wins Siemens Energy Graduate Scholarship

Date Published: 
June 24, 2014

Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. student Mark Rubeo has won the 2014-15 Siemens Energy Graduate Scholarship. The $30,000 scholarship will support Rubeo in his research with the Center for Precision Metrology.

Lee College of Engineering Spring 2014 Review is Now Online

Date Published: 
June 5, 2014

The Spring 2014 Review for The William States Lee College of Engineering is now online. For stories and photos about improving manufacturing with advanced modeling research, several new college entrepreneurial efforts, the retirement of Dr. Bob Hocken, the personal achievements of some of our students and more, please click here.

49er Baja Team Finishes 40th

Date Published: 
May 30, 2014

The UNC Charlotte Baja SAE team finished 40th out of about 100 teams at the competition on Pittsburg State campus last week.

The 49er finished 11th in the sled pull event, 21st in the acceleration event, 31st in the maneuverability event, and 54th in the suspension event.

New Albert Scholarship Program to Develop Engineering Leaders

Date Published: 
May 29, 2014

Investing in future engineering leaders is the goal of a new merit-based scholars program, made possible by the family of Craig and Darla Albert. The Albert Engineering Leadership Scholars Program will emphasize applied learning, campus involvement and professional development. More information is here.

49er Rocket Team Wins Top NASA Design Award

Date Published: 
May 23, 2014

UNC Charlotte’s rocket team won the prestigious “Vehicle Design Award” at the NASA University Student Launch competition last week at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Tooele County, Utah.

The 49er team was one of 31 university teams from across the country to enter the competition. Twenty-two of the teams made it to Utah, and of those 17 made it to the launch pad.

IEEE Recognizes ECE Faculty Members

Date Published: 
May 20, 2014

Two Lee College of Engineering faculty members were recognized for their contributions to the field at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Southeast Conference this spring. The Region 3 awards banquet was held as a part of the conference, where the region’s highest awards were handed out.

The Region 3 awards included:

Order of the Engineer

Date Published: 
May 12, 2014

Prior to their graduation on Saturday, engineering students from the Class of May 2014 took part in the Order of the Engineer Ceremony on Friday May 9th. The ceremony included a pledge of professionalism and ethics, and the placing of a stainless steel ring on the smallest finger of the working hand as a continual reminder of the pledge. Photos from the event are in the gallery below.

From the Bahamas to UNC Charlotte - Charles Rose's story of perseverance, faith and family

Date Published: 
May 7, 2014

The story of Charles Rose’s journey from his childhood home in the Bahamas to graduating as an engineer from UNC Charlotte is one of perseverance, faith and family. And it has a happy ending.

Spring 2014 Senior Design Expo

Date Published: 
May 5, 2014

Seniors of The William States Lee College of Engineering presented their year-long capstone projects at the college’s annual Senior Design Exposition on May 1, 2014. More than 70 completed student projects were on display at Halton Arena, along with the designs for 30 mid-semester projects.

Defying the Odds

Date Published: 
April 30, 2014

Chains of events can lead many directions. For one Lee College of Engineering student graduating this May, his chain of events went from bad decisions, to substance abuse, to living in a shipping container, to accepting the help of others, to again believing in himself and to ultimately defying the odds.

ECE Shows Support for Community at Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies

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April 30, 2014

Picture #8 of this album Two children of ECE student Ryan McCall hold a specially made sign, signed by the ECE Department, for their brother participating in the 2014 Special Olympics opening ceremonies on April 22nd.

2014 Student Achievement Awards

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April 29, 2014

The William States Lee College of Engineering honored its outstanding students at the 13th annual Celebration of Student Achievement Awards on April 24th in the Student Activity Center.

The awards and students recognized were:

Senior Design Expo is May 1

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April 24, 2014

With robots, race cars, souped-up electric guitars, nuclear plant designs, wave energy technology, a quad copter, and much, much more, the Lee College of Engineering’s Spring Senior Design Expo comes to Halton Arena May 1. Mark your calendars now to make sure you don’t miss one of the coolest events of the year.

Early College High School Breaks Ground

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April 23, 2014

Site preparation began this week for UNC Charlotte’s new Energy-Focused Early College High School. Located adjacent to the CRI Parking Deck, the new five-year school will welcome its first 100 students this August and will incorporate special projects and activities orchestrated through Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, N.C. New Schools,  EPIC, and The William States Lee College of Engineering.

AREVA Teaches Leadership Academy Students about "Crucial Conversations"

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April 23, 2014

Students from The William States Lee College of Engineering's Leadership Academy got the opportunity to learn from AREVA about stategies and communications solutions when dealing with real workplace issues and conflicts. A news release from AREVA about the event is below.
 

 

Visit from Governors Association of Korea

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April 17, 2014

As part of its tour of the southeastern United States, the Governors Association of Korea visited the EPIC building on the UNC Charlotte campus April 16 to learn about energy collaboration at the city and state levels here.

49ers Engineering the U.S.’s First New Nuclear Units in 30 Years

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April 15, 2014

At one time or another they were all engineering students at UNC Charlotte. Now, eight 49er graduates are key members of the engineering team that is building the first new commercial nuclear reactors in the United States in the past 30 years.

SAS Makes Software Grant to Lee College of Engineering

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April 9, 2014

Analytics leader SAS has made a grant of software that includes energy forecasting technologies to the Lee College of Engineering and its allied Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC).

New Research Grants

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April 9, 2014

Congratulations to the Lee College of Engineering professors who received new research and additional funding awards for January, February and March. A lift of the new awards follows.

Materials Characterization Lab Offers Advanced Analytical Resources

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April 2, 2014

Providing faculty and student researchers with advanced materials analyses resources, UNC Charlotte’s Materials Characterization Lab (MCL) offers sampling services, training, shared instrument usage and expertise at a convenient location and affordable cost.

Dr. Na Lu Wins NSF CAREER Award

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April 1, 2014

Dr. Na (Luna) Lu, an assistant professor in the Engineering Technology and Construction Management Department, has won a $400,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award to further her research of developing cost-effective thermoelectric materials for high-temperature power generation through waste-heat harvesting.

ZE Grants Software to Engineering and EPIC

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March 27, 2014

UNC Charlotte Collaborating with EPRI in a DOE Workforce Development Project on Distributed Power

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March 7, 2014

CHARLOTTE. NC – March 7, 2014: UNC Charlotte’s Lee College of Engineering, along with three other major universities, is collaborating with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) workforce development grant under the Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED) program.

Solar Traffic Light Team Places Second at 2014 UNC Social Entrepreneurship Conference

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March 5, 2014

On February 28, a team of Lee College of Engineering students won second place in undergraduate category of the University of North Carolina Social Entrepreneurship Conference for its Solar Traffic Light project.

New Video on Testing of Highway Composite Materials

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February 25, 2014

A new video explores the research of Dr. Tara Cavalline and her students into determining the mechanical properties of composite concrete mixtures used in modern highway construction. The research is in support of the North Carolina Department of Transportation's efforts to improve the strength, reliability and smoothness of North Carolina's roadways.

 

Eric Cutler – Defying Gravity

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February 18, 2014

As a sophomore mechanical engineering student, Eric Cutler is learning how forces act upon a body and about the resulting motions in response to these forces. For Cutler these laws of physics certainly aren’t limitations, though, since he has spent most of his life defying gravity.

New Professional Engineers

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January 27, 2014

The Lee College of Engineering and the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors recognized 39 new Professional Engineers and one new Professional Land Surveyor at the annual Certificate Ceremony held January 23rd

Greenheck Fan Recruiting Engineers at UNC Charlotte

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January 23, 2014

Greenheck Fan Corporation brought its mobile show room to UNC Charlotte on Jan. 22 to display its products, and allow students to get more information about the company and the engineering positions it is looking to fill. Greenheck is a leading supplier of air movement and control equipment that includes fans, dampers, louvers, kitchen ventilation hoods, and energy recovery and make-up air units.

Research Funding Announcements

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January 22, 2014

Congratulations to the following Lee College of Engineering professor(s) for receiving new research and additional funding awards for October, November, and December. 

New Painting for ECE Conference Room

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January 22, 2014

Dr. Peter Tkacik of Mechanical Engineering has very kindly painted and donated a painting to the Electrical Engineering Department to brighten up its conference room in the EPIC building. The 72” x 48” painting is of a microelectronics circuit from a 3-axis accelerometer.

U.S. News Ranks Lee College of Engineering in Top Online Graduate Programs

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January 14, 2014

U.S. News & World Report rates the online graduate program of The William States Lee College of Engineering as one of the nation’s best in its ranking of online learning programs released last week.

U.S. News places the Lee College of Engineering at UNC Charlotte 23rd in the category of Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs. The 2014 rankings evaluate information and data from nearly 1,000 online degree programs.

Spring 2014 Student Bulletin

Date Published: 
January 13, 2014

In This Issue:

  1. Call for COEN Scholarship Applications
  2. Maximizing Academic and Professional Success (MAPS) Transition Coaching
  3. News from the University Career Center (UCC)
  4. COEN Senior Design Exposition
  5. Other Scholarship/Internship/Research Opportunities

 

NC FIRST Robotics Charlotte Kickoff

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January 6, 2014

North Carolina FIRST Robotics kicked off its 2014 events for the Charlotte region with a day of activities at UNC Charlotte’s EPIC building on Jan. 4, 2014.

Students and mentors from more than 15 high schools from the western half of North Carolina took part in the event. Activities included a Google Workshop, a kickoff broadcast, tours of EPIC, a robot quick build workshop, and a human player game on a full field.

EPIC director named a 2014 CBJ Energy Leadership Award winner

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January 2, 2014

UNC Charlotte Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) Director Johan Enslin is a 2014 Energy Leadership Award honoree. Named by the Charlotte Business Journal, Enslin is one of 11 winners to be recognized for making the Carolinas a global force in the energy industry. 

Fall 2013 Lee College of Engineering Review Now Online

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December 17, 2013

The William States Lee College of Engineering Fall 2013 Review is now online. Projects and research featured in this issue include a near-space balloon senior design project, the engineering of UNC Charlotte's Solar Decathlon house, a new Sustainably Integrated Building and Sites center, and capturing CO2 in concrete. To view these and other stories, photos and videos please click here.

December Senior Design Expo

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December 9, 2013

The William States Lee College of Engineering held its fall Senior Design Expo on Dec. 6, 2013. Project teams presented both their completed projects and their mid-project design posters. A photo gallery of the winners and the Expo is here.

The three completed projects judged to be the best were:

New Video about Dr. Birds' Magnetic Gear Research for Renewable Ocean Energy

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December 6, 2013

In a new video, Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Dr. Jonathan Bird explains his research into magnetic gears. The research is part of the UNC Costal Studies Institute’s renewable ocean energy program. Dr. Bird’s magnetic gear boxes make generating electricity from ocean waves more efficient and reliable. Click here to see the video.

 

Clean Energy Chairperson Whitman Visits EPIC

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November 19, 2013

Clean, green, affordable and reliable. Former New Jersey Governor, former EPA administrator and current co-chair of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition (CASEnergy) Christine Todd Whitman espoused the benefits of nuclear power in her dialogue with more than 200 students, faculty, staff and industry leaders on Thursday, Nov.

Video of UNC Charlotte Engineers' 2013 Peru Project

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November 12, 2013

Civli Engineering Senior Chandler Hawn captured UNC Charlotte Engineers Without Borders' trip to Peru to build bridges for the small village of Paru Paru.

 

Fall at UNC Charlotte

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November 7, 2013

A beautiful combination, the UNC Charlotte campus and fall in North Carolina. A photo gallery of the colorful sights is here.

Learning STEM Skills with Robots

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November 5, 2013

As part of the STEM Career Path Project, young people from the Boys and Girls Club of Charlotte were at the Lee College of Engineering’s EPIC building on Friday, Nov. 1, learning about engineering and science by designing, building and programming LEGO MindStorms robots. A photo gallery is here.

ECE Research Poster Winners

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November 5, 2013

The winner of the "ECE Research Showcase" sponsored by Graduate and Professional Student Government at UNC Charlotte was Ashish Panday for his research poster on “Real-time Management of Cache Memory in Multicore Processors Using a Constrained Extended Kalman Filter.”

NCJETS Lay Seige to UNC Charlotte

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October 30, 2013

The front fields of UNC Charlotte were under siege on Monday, Oct. 29, as area high school students launched projectiles from their medieval weapons in the NCJETS Ballista Competition. A photo gallery of the event is here.

NCJETS is the North Carolina Junior Engineering and Technology Society. The society promotes science, engineering and technology participation through fun events that pit high school and middle school JETS clubs against one another.

UNC Charlotte Collaborating on SunShot Initiative Project

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October 29, 2013

UNC Charlotte Habitat House Looking for Volunteers

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October 29, 2013

The UNC Charlotte Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter needs volunteers to finalize “The House the 49ers Built.”

During Homecoming, the chapter conducted the on-campus portion of the build, after a successful fundraising campaign. The house is now at its permanent location, 1312 Onyx Road, Charlotte, 28216.

Recent Research Awards

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October 29, 2013

A list of Lee College of Engineering new research and additional funding awards for July, August and September is here.

Undergrads Discuss Lee College of Engineering in New Video

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October 25, 2013

Undergraduates from The William States Lee College of Engineering share their experiences and offer advise to potential 49er engineering students in this new video.

UrbanEden Wins Top Solar Decathlon Awards

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October 14, 2013

UrbanEden, UNC Charlotte’s solar-powered house has won the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 People’s Choice Award and has placed third in the Solar Decathlon Engineering Contest.

College of Engineering Picnic

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October 14, 2013

Engineering students and engineering professionals got the opportunity to meet, talk and network at the Lee College of Engineering’s Annual Fall Picnic on Oct. 11. Representatives from about 75 companies and organizations enjoyed the beautiful day and opportunity to meet and recruit UNC Charlotte engineering students. A gallery of photos from the event are here.

Promoting STEM at Southern Women's Show

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October 1, 2013

Several members of the college’s Office of Student Development and Success partnered with Toshiba and the UNC Charlotte Center for STEM to educate the next generation of female engineers during the Southern Women’s Show Sept. 19-22 at the Charlotte Convention Center. Technical hands-on displays and a variety of educational material were part of the exhibition booth managed by Gina Robinson, Linda Hargrove, Meg Harkins, Linda Thurman and several students from the college.

New 2013 Lee College of Engineering Faculty

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September 24, 2013

The William States Lee College of Engineering

New 2013 Faculty

Researchers Win $600,000 NSF Grant to Study "Smart Radios"

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September 13, 2013

Three UNC Charlotte researchers have won a three-year, $600,000 National Science Foundation grant to research cognitive radio networks, or networks composed of “smart radios”.

2013-14 School Year Starts

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August 21, 2013

The 2013-14 academic year started off a bit wet, but the freshmen have moved into Hawthorn Hall, classes have begun, and it's looking like another great year at The William States Lee College of Engineering.

Levine Scholars Backpacking on Way to UNC Charlotte

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August 21, 2013

The incoming class of UNC Charlotte Levine Scholars spent three weeks backpacking in Wyoming over the summer. The group included two engineering majors, Jaden Barney of mechanical engineering and Jefferson Cooper of computer engineering. Dr. Karen Thorsett-Hill of Mechanical Engineering was a faculty mentor for the trip.

Rocket Club Soaring to New Heights

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August 9, 2013

In its second year, the 49er Rocket team has soared to new heights in a number of ways, even though a final launch engine failure at a recent event led to a crash and burn. That’s rockets, and that’s how you learn from rockets.

Chris Tyler Wins Siemens Graduate Scholarship

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August 2, 2013

Chris Tyler, a Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. student, has won the 2013-14 Siemens Energy Graduate Scholarship.Chris Tyler

The $30,000 scholarship was established by UNC Charlotte’s Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) with funds provided by Siemens Energy. This is the second time the scholarship has been awarded.

New MBA Energy Concentration at UNC Charlotte

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July 15, 2013

Responding to the need for highly trained leaders in Charlotte's growing energy industry, UNC Charlotte has added an energy concentration to its nationally ranked part-time Master of Business Administration program. The new concentration option will begin in fall 2013.

Spring 2013 Newsletter Now Online

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June 24, 2013

The Spring 2013 newsletter of The William States Lee College of Engineering is now posted online. This issue includes stories and photos about the Duke Energy Smart Grid Laboratory, Solar Decathlon, new Fire Materials Lab, retirement of Dr. Ray Tsu, alumni news and more. You can view the newsletter here.

Chinese Energy Delegations Visit EPIC

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June 18, 2013

Two delegations from China visited UNC Charlotte’s Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) June 17 to exchange ideas and discuss opportunities for collaboration with the university and Charlotte energy companies.

Three Years Later Senior Design Team Vision Takes Transit Partnership Full Circle with Parking Lot Power

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May 29, 2013

As the Spring 2013 teams finished their senior design projects and departed with their engineering degrees, proof that this highly-anticipated competition gets real-world results is now at hand for an exceptional group from 2010.

Real-Time Data Communication Project Between Duke Energy and EPIC

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May 14, 2013

Power generation, transmission, and distribution systems continue to modernize, and through a collaborative research project Duke Energy and the Lee College of Engineering are installing a real-time data recording system to ensure the greater levels of reliability that comes from the new technology and changes are achieved.

ROTC Recognizes Joseph Tompkins as Outstanding Cadet

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May 8, 2013

The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) has recognized Joseph Tompkins, a double major in electrical engineering and physic at UNC Charlotte, with its Award of Merit as the outstanding ROTC cadet in the Southeast Region.

The Southeast Region encompasses about 50 ROTC detachments as far west as Louisiana and as far north as Virginia. Tompkins was recognized with the distinction at an awards ceremony on the April 25, 2013. 

Senior Design Spring Expo 2013

Date Published: 
May 7, 2013

Seniors of The William States Lee College of Engineering presented their year-long senior projects at the college’s annual Senior Design Exposition on May 2, 2013. More than 40 completed student projects were on display at Halton Arena, along with the designs for 20 mid-semester projects.

Dr. Xie Wins NSF Grant to Research "Smart Radios"

Date Published: 
March 1, 2013

Dr. Linda Xie has won a $290,000 three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to research “smart radios”.

Dr. Xie’s project is titled “Broadcast in Cognitive Radio Ad Hoc Networks”.  Here is the project’s abstract: