The UNC Charlotte Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) showcases research projects completed by undergraduate students of all levels from all colleges and departments in the University. This year, the conference will take place on Friday, April 25 in the Barnhardt Student Activity Center from 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM.
The work presented ranges from in-class projects to year-long honors theses and everything in between. The type of research varies depending on the discipline, and includes diverse topics such as philosophical analysis to hands-on data collection in a lab or in the field.
Eight UNC Charlotte alumni from the William States Lee College of Engineering are collaborating on building the first new commercial nuclear reactors in the United States in the past 30 years. These former classmates include Kevin Departhy, George Gora, Chuck Jenkins, Justin Marsh, Gregg Nantz, Dustin Parks, Rebecca Parks and Weston Trimble.
The team is constructing Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4 for Georgia Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company. CB&I and Westinghouse are building the new Westinghouse AP1000 Advanced Passive Light Water Reactors at the existing plant site near Waynesboro, Ga. CB&I is performing the engineering, procurement and construction for the project.
Click here to read the full article, which describes how their education prepared them for this endeavor.