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Rocket Team Soars Again at NI Week

For its innovative and efficient application of National Instruments products, the William States Lee College of Engineering’s Rocket Team won a chance to travel to Austin, Texas, to present at the 20th annual NIWeek. Out of 3,250 student projects submitted from 25 countries for the Student Design Competition, National Instruments selected the 49er team as one of three finalists.

NIWeek is National Instruments’ annual international conference that brings together the brightest minds in engineering and science to learn about the latest technology to accelerate productivity for software-defined systems in test, measurement and control.

The Rocket Team is part of the UNC Charlotte 49er Rocketry Club, which for the past four years has produced a senior design project and competed nationally in NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative. Focusing on an innovative idea for solid rocket motor thrust modulation, the 2013-2014 team won the Best Vehicle Design award at the NASA launch competition. The team then went on to win its prestigious selection as one of NI’s Student Design Competition finalists. Click here to learn more about this remarkable achievement.

Music Professor’s 'Violins of Hope' Published

Jay Grymes, interim chair of the Department of Music, has written a new book Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour. The book, published by HarperCollins, is receiving critical praise and should be in bookstores now.

Academy Award-winning film composer John Williams wrote, "Violins of Hope is a work of research and scholarship that forms one of the most moving chronicles in the history of Western music. James A. Grymes has earned our plaudits and praise, and deserves our everlasting gratitude."

Violins of Hope tells the stories of seven violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust and restored to playing condition by Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Grymes was inspired to write the work when UNC Charlotte brought 18 Violins of Hope to Charlotte for a series of exhibitions and performances in April 2012.