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Rocket Team Soars Again at NI Week

For its innovative and efficient application of National Instruments products, the William States Lee College of Engineering’s Rocket Team won a chance to travel to Austin, Texas, to present at the 20th annual NIWeek. Out of 3,250 student projects submitted from 25 countries for the Student Design Competition, National Instruments selected the 49er team as one of three finalists.

NIWeek is National Instruments’ annual international conference that brings together the brightest minds in engineering and science to learn about the latest technology to accelerate productivity for software-defined systems in test, measurement and control.

The Rocket Team is part of the UNC Charlotte 49er Rocketry Club, which for the past four years has produced a senior design project and competed nationally in NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative. Focusing on an innovative idea for solid rocket motor thrust modulation, the 2013-2014 team won the Best Vehicle Design award at the NASA launch competition. The team then went on to win its prestigious selection as one of NI’s Student Design Competition finalists. Click here to learn more about this remarkable achievement.

CCI Student Wins National Cybersecurity Scholarship

Katareena Geller, a senior in the College of Computing and Informatics Department of Software and Information Systems, is one of 11 women to receive the national Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security.

Awarded by the Applied Computer Security Association (ACSA) and the Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W, the $2,500 scholarship is funded by the Hewlett-Packard Company; winners also may receive internship opportunities through HP.

"The scholarship will help me greatly," said Geller, who is majoring in information technology. "Besides the monetary value, being one of the recipients is exciting in and of itself. They had many female applicants from all over the country, but I became one of only 11 to be chosen. I am very excited to have this opportunity."