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Dr. Howitt’s Plunge into Sewers and Startups

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.

An associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Howitt is on leave of absence from the...

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Teammates Honor NASCAR Champion Kulwicki

Gathering 20 years after his death, the teammates of Alan Kulwicki shared a number of colorful stories about the hands-on engineer who was the driver and owner of his NASCAR Winston Cup Championship team.

UNC Charlotte’s Motorsports Alumni Chapter held the event to honor the memory of NASCAR Kulwicki on the 20th anniversary of his death and to raise money for a scholarship fund in his...

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Sedimentation Study Provides Valuable Benefits

Helping a local utility solve its environmental challenges and at the same time providing students with valuable field experience, researchers from UNC Charlotte’s IDEAS Center are performing sedimentation studies on Lake Howell in Cabarrus County, North Carolina.

The sedimentation research is part of the Infrastructure, Design, Environment and Sustainability (IDEAS) Center’s ongoing...

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Engineering Without Borders in Peru

Three members of the Lee College of Engineering’s new Engineers Without Borders (EWB) student organization took an exploratory trip to Peru in the summer of 2011, and identified a number of projects the group will be taking on over the next few years.

The team was made up of Civil Engineering students Kevin Watkins, JR Hopson and Michael Hoff. They were accompanied by Civil Engineering...

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EPIC Building Photo Tour

The new Energy Production and Infrastructure Center building is now open. The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department are moving in, and the first classes will be taught in the fall. Here is a sneak-peek photo tour of the new 200,000-square-foot building.

 


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Pamela Fletcher

Q. What is your current job?

A. I am chief engineer for Hybrid & Electric Powertrain Engineering. My role is to lead the architecting, designing, development and integration of hybrid and electric propulsion systems into General Motors future vehicles. My current focus is on the imminent start of production of the Chevrolet Volt, the first-ever extended-range electric vehicle.

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Civil and Environmental Engineering Wins Provost’s Excellence in Teaching Award

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...

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Stabilizing Biologics

Protein drugs are very unstable and generally must be stored in a dry state that requires a costly manufacturing process. Before being administered, they must be mixed in a solution, which can be problematic if the drug is to be administered in an emergency setting.

"What we are doing is trying to stabilize the protein in a liquid formulation, which can reduce manufacturing costs and...

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Red Wire Logic Wins Senior Design, Goes into Business

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...

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Duke Energy Smart Grid Laboratory

Computers have come to the electric grid, and the Duke Energy Smart Grid laboratory at The William States Lee College of Engineering is educating the engineers who will be running this improved grid and performing research to achieve top efficiency in the new digital world.

The modernizing of the grid with digital devices is known as Smart Grid technology. This new technology is so...

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