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2016 Spring Review

With hundreds of billions of neurons and thousands of trillions of synaptic connections between them, the human brain is the most complex system on earth. This complexity makes studying the brain an almost overwhelming challenge with nearly infinite research options.

“Unfortunately, there are no well-developed brain models to study the brain activities in either laboratory environments or in animal bodies,” said Mechanical Engineering...

Having assembled a team of fellow UNC Charlotte engineering graduates and other industry experts, Ryan Kennedy founded the company Atom Power, which is making revolutionary advances by creating the world’s first solid-state power distribution system for buildings.

A 2004 Electrical Engineering graduate of The William States Lee College of Engineering, Kennedy has been involved in electrical switching equipment and circuit breakers for...

To meet the demand for more engineers in the growing profession of biotechnology, the Lee College of Engineering’s Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science Department has started a new undergraduate Concentration in Biomedical Engineering.

The concentration began in spring 2015. It will have its first graduates in May 2016.

“Biomedical engineers provide a great link between clinicians on the medical side and engineers on...

The UNC Charlotte Alumni Association recognized eight individuals, including Dhiaa Jamil and Brett Tempest from the Lee College of Engineering, for outstanding contributions to their professions, their communities and the university at a ceremony April 9th.

“Some of the most rewarding experiences we associate with our university actually begin at graduation, when former students enter the Alumni Association,” said Madeline...

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 competition was the United States GT Academy, which UNC Charlotte Mechanical Engineering junior Hammann won in 2014. The three tasks in which he had to excel were physical fitness, driving race cars and playing video games. His...

Needing multiple units of an expensive piece of equipment to complete his doctoral project, Mechanical Engineering student Sajad Kafashi decided to invent and build his own. Now, in addition to finishing his Ph.D., he is commercializing his invention, which he calls the Saji Waveform Generator.

Kafashi is working on a Center for Precision Metrology doctoral project titled “Contact Free Microparticle Manipulation.” The goal of this...

To increase participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) studies at the college level by tapping into the vast wealth of experience in the United States military, the Lee College of Engineering has won a grant to recruit and work with veterans. The grant adds an engineering specific initiative to UNC Charlotte’s strong collection of veteran services programs.

“We have grant from Office of Naval Research and...

Offering advanced studies in energy, a new progam within the Master of Science in Engineering degree at UNC Charlotte provides non-engineers and engineers alike the chance to further their careers in power and energy. The energy study focus is open to all students with backgrounds in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields such as physics, environmental studies, computer science, all engineering and engineering...