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Big Data Research Partnership Funded

UNC Charlotte has received a $2.1 million grant from the UNC General Administration to support research in data science and business analytics (Big Data). The funding, to be distributed across three years, is part of a continuing $3 million appropriation from the General Assembly in 2014 to support areas of "game-changing research" identified in the Board of Governor's strategic plan for the University system.

Mirsad Hadzikadic, director of the University’s Complex Systems Institute and professor of software and information systems in the College of Computing and Informatics, is the lead investigator for the project "North Carolina Data Science and Analytics Initiative." In conjunction with N.C. State University and UNC-Chapel Hill’s Renaissance Computing Institute, Hadzikadic and fellow investigators will develop strategic research hubs of excellence that will position North Carolina as the national leader in fundamental and applied research in data science.

UNC General Administration awarded six three-year grants totaling nearly $9 million to faculty research in areas of strategic importance to the state. Each of the funded projects involves faculty partners from two or more UNC campuses. More information on the series of grants is online.

Siemens Energy Large Manufacturing Solutions Lab

With the support of local industry who will benefit from its research capabilities, UNC Charlotte dedicated its new Siemens Energy Large Manufacturing Solutions Laboratory, on Feb. 9, 2015.

The lab was made possible with $2 million in support from Siemens Energy and Hexagon Metrology. Housed in the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) building, the new lab will conduct research on the precision dimensional measurement of large-scale energy components. Siemens provided funding for lab construction and Hexagon provided a Leitz PMM-F 30-20-16 coordinate measuring machine as the first major component of the lab.

"With the very generous support of Siemens Energy and Hexagon Metrology, we are making an important step in that mission today with the dedication of the Siemens Large Manufacturing Solutions Laboratory. I want to thank Mark Pringle at Siemens, along with Angus Taylor at Hexagon, for providing all the resources that made this possible,” stated UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois.