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'A Continent on Display' Opens in Rowe Galleries

The Department of Art and Art History and Rowe Arts Galleries are hosting "A Continent on Display: Selections from the Collection of Michael Gallis," an exhibit that features 10 masks representing nine cultural groups from various regions in Africa.

Gallis provided UNC Charlotte art history major Susan Fredson-Cole access to his private collection. The exhibition will run through Thursday, May 7.

According to Fredson-Cole, the exhibition masks were carefully chosen for their aesthetic quality. They possess a certain personality reflective in their distinct facial characteristics, all-waiting for their stories to be told.

Engineering Students Win 3D Printing Competition

Four UNC Charlotte Lee College of Engineering students recently won a 3D printing design competition sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Office.

Forty-niners James Haig and Nathan Lambert (master’s students in mechanical engineering), Patrick Fain (bachelor’s student in mechanical engineering technology) and Eric Fleischhauer (doctoral student in mechanical engineering) were part of the team that won the competition to develop ideas and concepts for items that would be useful in a military operational environment and for which 3D printing would offer an advantage.

"Our team chose to try and tackle the problem of resupplying troops in contact with the enemy," said Haig. "Currently this requires a helicopter to come in low and very slow in order to drop a bag filled with ammunition or other needed supplies. We designed a rapid prototype container that would in theory, be able to be dropped by a helicopter at 150 feet going around 90 knots, decreasing the danger to them. We demonstrated a prototype printed on the Projet (3D) printer by dropping it on the ground from a height with a precious payload of corn puffs; it broke apart, protecting the contents. We won first place."