Letter from Dean Johnson
When compiling information for the 2016 annual review of The William States Lee College of Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the theme that kept recurring was “growth.” Our enrollment grew in all disciplines and at all levels. Faculty and student research projects advanced in numbers and achievements. Community outreach and alumni events expanded throughout the region. It was an exciting year, and we are already in the midst of another exhilarating year.
To deal with enrollment growth we added new faculty members at tenure-track, teaching and research levels. We have now filled all of the 37 positions allocated by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2010 to support the energy engineering efforts of the college’s Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC). To meet the academic interests of students, we added a number of new sub-discipline concentrations. We also added and expanded a number of laboratories to fulfill the experiential education and research demands of the college.
All college departments had ABET accreditation visits in the fall of 2016. This meant months of preparation, which our faculty and staff responded to with hard work and true professionalism. The visit went well and the results of the visits will be announced in summer of 2017.
At the university level, UNC Charlotte kicked off the “Exponential” capital campaign in September 2016 with the goal of raising $200 million. As the largest capital campaign in the university’s history, the campaign will have significant implications for the institution’s future. The campaign’s theme “Exponential” represents the accelerating force UNC Charlotte has on its students, its partners and the region. As of January, the college has raised $16 million and 64 percent of our campaign goal. You can read about the college’s goals for the campaign at exponential.uncc.edu.
A personal experience of mine in 2016 was joining this year’s incoming group of Levine Scholars on their wilderness experience. I had two goals in taking on the 23-day, 100-mile hiking adventure through the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming; I wanted to get to know this generation of freshman students better and I welcomed the personal challenge. I certainly achieved these goals, and now have a new appreciation for the aspirations and pressures of today’s undergraduates, and the ruggedness of the Rockies.
I invite you to learn more about the growth and achievements of the Lee College of Engineering by looking through this annual review. If you have questions or would like additional information, I welcome your email inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dean of The William States Lee College of Engineering