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.”
Entrepreneurial spirit is a source of strength and pride at UNC Charlotte. To teach students the skills they need to succeed as entrepreneurs, the Lee College of Engineering has a new course that has already led to multiple successes in winning competitions, licensing technology and starting new businesses.
The course is ECGR4090/5090 Special Topics: Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Electrical and Computer Engineering professors Nan BouSaba and Jim Conrad taught the first section of the class in spring 2013, and the second section in spring 2014.
From junior design, to a new entrepreneurial course, to senior design, and now on to running their own company, the Electrical and Computer Engineering students now known as Red Wire Logic are storming through the world of technology startups.
Red Wire is made up of Josh Cox, Justin Hinson, Peter O’Connor and Neil Taylor. All four graduated on May 10, 2014, with their bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering.
Having taken the plunge into the world of entrepreneurship, Dr. Ivan Howitt is learning to apply his research, understand business, change directions, decrease scale, increase production and live without a steady paycheck, all in the cause of developing a superior sewer rat.
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, retired in May 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.
A civil engineering senior, Rose was encouraged by his mother to leave his small island and explore the rest of the world. “When I was young, my Mom put a map of the whole world on the table before me and my sister,” Rose said. “She said ‘Find the Bahamas.’ When we did, we saw how small it was and realized there is a whole world out there.”
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.
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.
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.
Cutler has been a gymnast and acrobat since he was a small child. He has always been happiest flipping, spinning and flying through the air.
Systems Engineering and Engineering Management (SEEM) is offering new graduate certificate programs with flexible delivery options in the areas of Energy Analytics, Lean Six Sigma, Logistics and Supply Chains, and Systems Analytics.
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.
A staffed analytical research facility, the MCL offers a range of thermal analysis and materials characterization instrumentation and services. The lab is in Cameron Hall on the UNC Charlotte campus, and is open to on- and off-campus researchers.
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.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has awarded seven new research grants totaling almost $1.4 million to faculty researchers in The William States Lee College of Engineering. The engineering departments that will be involved in the research are Engineering Technology and Construction Management (ETCM), and Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE).
The National Science Foundation has awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship to INES Ph.D. student Molly Welsh to support her research in promoting nitrogen removal in agricultural stream ecosystems and identifying microbial controls on nutrient cycling.
The Lee College of Engineering’s ASCE student chapter participated in the 2014 Carolinas Conference on March 6th at the Citadel.
“We participated in every single event,” said Dr. Janos Gergely, the team’s faculty advisor. “That’s something we always try to do. It’s tough to have students who are interested and available for every competition. So, we’re always proud to have on record that we show up for every single event; rain or shine.”