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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.

Top Students Honored at Annual Research Symposium

The 15th annual Graduate Research Symposium (GRS) was held recently in the J. Murrey Atkins Library. This student-run conference showcased current student research taking place at UNC Charlotte. First-place winners received cash prizes.

The mission of the GRS is to provide an inclusive and competitive environment for UNC Charlotte students to present their work. This year’s theme, "Learning Across Disciplines," emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the symposium, where research from all fields is made accessible to attendees.

Click here to see a list of winners and learn more about their research.