49er Rocket Team has Soaring Finish at NASA Competition
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.
Lee College of Engineering Part of New Intelligent Vehicle Project
Friday, April 28, 2017
As part of a new U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) project, the Lee College of Engineering will be participating in a multi-institution team to create intelligent vehicle networks that reduce the fuel used by trucks and other heavy vehicles by up to 20 percent.
Dr. Davies Named a UNC BOG Teaching Excellence Award Recipient
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Dr. Matt Davies of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science is among the 2017 recipients of the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
This annual honor recognizes one professor at each of North Carolina’s public institutions. Each of the recipients receives a commemorative bronze medallion and a $12,500 cash prize. Awards will be presented by a Board of Governors member during each campus’ spring graduation ceremony.
The Automotive Industry and The Fuels That Are Moving Us Forward
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.
The Lee College of Engineering is excited to announce that Dr. Michael S. Mazzola will be the third director of the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC).
Dr. Mazzola is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Mississippi State University and the Jack Hatcher Chair for Engineering Entrepreneurship. He also served for two-years as the chief technology officer of SemiSouth Laboratories, a company he co-founded.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
February 4, 2016
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.
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.
ETCM Students Win Concrete Construction Competition
January 5, 2016
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).
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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:
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
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.
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.
Metrology Center and Coordinate Metrology Society Win NIST Grant
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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, 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 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.
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:
New Professional Engineers and Surveyors Recognized
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.
Waverley Labs and Lee College of Engineering Announce Solution to Quantify Digital Risks for Power Grids
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Discovery Channel Features UNC Charlotte Motorsports
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
AREVA, Lee College of Engineering to Honor Leadership, Innovation
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
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
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.
Engineering Professor Creates Artwork to Inspire Students
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
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.
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, 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
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
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.
New Albert Scholarship Program to Develop Engineering Leaders
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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"
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.
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
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.
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.
March 26, 2014, RICHMOND, B.C., Canada — ZE PowerGroup Inc. (ZE), a leader in enterprise data management and analysis software, announced it has given complimentary access to ZEMA, its award-winning software, to UNC Charlotte. ZEMA will be used in several energy-focused classes held in the Energy Analytics Research (EAR) lab, a new engineering addition to the university’s Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC).
UNC Charlotte Collaborating with EPRI in a DOE Workforce Development Project on Distributed Power
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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, 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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, a Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. student, has won the 2013-14 Siemens Energy Graduate Scholarship.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.