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Engineer Gets $500K NSF Award

Chris Vermillion, an assistant professor in the William States Lee College of Engineering Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science, has won a $500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award to further his research in creating low-cost methodologies that optimize the combined physical system and controller for high-altitude wind energy systems.

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is the NSF’s most-prestigious award in support of junior faculty members. The NSF awards CAREER grants to faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research and excellent education.

Vermillion has been with the Lee College of Engineering since 2014. His research of the flight dynamics and control of tethered airborne wind energy systems employs a first-in-world rapid prototyping framework that makes possible small-scale flight experiments that can be run at much lower cost than full-scale prototypes.

Community Partnership Symposium Set for April 23-24

UNC Charlotte will host the inaugural Engaged Scholarship and Community Partnership Symposium Thursday and Friday, April 23 - 24.

Registration is open for this free event, which is designed to facilitate creative collaboration across disciplines, divisions and fields; to outline best practices and address challenges; and to strengthen partnerships. The Charlotte Research Institute, UNC Charlotte Campus Compact and Civic Engagement Interest Group, the Center for Applied Ethics and the Center for Teaching and Learning are sponsoring the symposium, which will be in the Cone University Center.

Community engagement refers to research, creative activities, teaching and service activities that are collaboratively undertaken by UNC Charlotte faculty, staff and/ or students in partnership with community members. Engaged activities are defined by reciprocal relationships between University and community partners in which all participants recognize and value the knowledge, perspective and resources that partners contribute to the collaboration.