To increase participation in STEM studies at the college level by tapping into the vast wealth of experience in the United States military, the Lee College of Engineering won a grant from the Office of Naval Research and Development to recruit and work with veterans. The grant added an engineering specific initiative to UNC Charlotte’s strong collection of veteran services programs.
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department delivered a LEGO MindStorms robotics building workshop as a part of the 2016 NC Science Festival. More than 220 children and parents participated in the day-long workshop.
Civil Engineering was a key supporter in the first Coal Ash Forum, an event attended by members of the NC legislature and leaders from the NC Department of the Environment and Natural Resources, Duke Energy and various engineering firms and contractors.
Dr. Stephen Kuyath of Engineering Technology served on the ROOTS of STEM, a two-phase project investigating the institutional factors that influence women’s and underrepresented minorities’ decision to pursue STEM majors.
Mechanical Engineering faculty hosted NAMRC 43, the North American Manufacturing Research Conference in Charlotte.
In March 2016, Civil Engineering hosted its first ever “Civil and Environmental Engineering Expo.” The event attracted about 30 employers offering full-time and internship opportunities to the 419 undergraduate and ~100 graduate students.
The college partnered with the University Center for STEM Education to offer the first annual STEM Day. More than 1,100 middle and high school students and teachers attended the event.
The college hosted the NC First Robotics Competition attended by hundreds of high school students and their parents.
The third CIRP Conference on Surface Integrity was held in Charlotte in June 2016.
The 28th Symposium and Annual Meeting of the International Society for Ceramics in Medicine (Bioceramics 28) was held in uptown Charlotte, sponsored by the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Military veterans toured NCMARC facilities as part of the Mission Motorsports program, which aids in the recovery of those affected by military operations by providing opportunities through motorsports.
The college continued its efforts to engage alumni with the college, with the goal of bringing in additional resources including alumni volunteer time and financial support. In its second year, the college held a Heritage Banquet to bring together and engage scholarship donors and students. Sponsored by AREVA, the reception focused on student success and the generosity it inspires.
Alumni gathered for a number of sporting events, including a Charlotte Knights professional baseball game in uptown Charlotte. The college held its third annual football reception for alumni season ticket holders with more than 70 alumni, friends, family, faculty and staff enjoying food and fellowship, as well as performances by the UNC Charlotte marching band and cheerleaders.