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Engineering Holds Senior Design Expo

The William States Lee College of Engineering held its spring semester Senior Design Expo on May 5. Fifty-one teams presented their completed two-semester projects, 28 teams presented their first-semester design-concept posters, and 12 teams presented their Civil and Environmental Engineering projects.

Providing students with an innovative, hands-on learning experience, the Senior Design Program at UNC Charlotte educates engineering students, supports industry partners and benefits the State of North Carolina. The program teaches students how to apply their years of math, science, and engineering knowledge to solve the unique problems presented by many progressive North Carolina companies. The College of Engineering encourages multi-disciplinary projects that involve engineering and technology solutions in the disciplines of mechanical, electrical, computer, systems, environmental and civil engineering.

Visit the College of Engineering's website to view a list of winning projects.

Read-In Brings Elementary School Students to Campus

More than 100 third graders participated in the annual Literacy Alive! Read-In event on campus. Hosted by the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, and offered as an extension of the North Star Reading Partners Initiative, Literacy Alive! is meant to be a first step in preparing students to be college ready. Through a series of hands-on events, students from Newell Elementary got a firsthand look at college life and the importance of education.

The third graders took a walking tour of campus in the morning, and then talked with COED students about the college experience. In the afternoon, they built and raced "puffer cars," in the day’s STEM education activity and sat for interactive read alouds with students and faculty.

"All eyes were lit with a new purpose for education and a new heart for learning. The energy on their faces sparked a sense of determination and ownership in their choices," said Jen Boysko, Literacy Facilitator at Newell Elementary. Boysko said the opportunity to directly experience the college environment was invaluable for the young students.