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Real Estate Symposium Set for April 22

The UNC Charlotte Center for Real Estate and Urban Land Institute Charlotte will host an afternoon symposium on raising private equity capital in today's market, from 1:00 - 5:00 PM, Wednesday, April 22. The event is open to the Charlotte business community; registration is available online.

"Navigating Private Equity Capital Markets" is co-presented by both organizations at UNC Charlotte Center City and will feature an inside view of how today's capital providers assess real estate investment opportunities and what they see for the future.

Steven Ott, dean of the Belk College of Business will deliver the opening remarks at 1:00 PM, followed by panels on private equity strategies, crowdfunding as a capital option, complexities of capital in public-private partnerships, and Charlotte real estate CEOs discussing future capital market trends.

Engineer Gets $500K NSF Award

Chris Vermillion, an assistant professor in the William States Lee College of Engineering Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science, has won a $500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award to further his research in creating low-cost methodologies that optimize the combined physical system and controller for high-altitude wind energy systems.

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is the NSF’s most-prestigious award in support of junior faculty members. The NSF awards CAREER grants to faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research and excellent education.

Vermillion has been with the Lee College of Engineering since 2014. His research of the flight dynamics and control of tethered airborne wind energy systems employs a first-in-world rapid prototyping framework that makes possible small-scale flight experiments that can be run at much lower cost than full-scale prototypes.