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Study-Abroad Students to Present Plays on April 21

UNC Charlotte study-abroad students will present both live and recorded scenes from their 2014 London production of Shakespeare’s Pericles and Cervantes’ The Sultan’s Queen on Tuesday, April 21, at UNC Charlotte’s McKnight Hall in the Cone University Center.

The performance, free and open to the public, will be from 7:00 - 9:00 PM and will include a question-and-answer session with a student-faculty panel.

While studying in England last summer, the students created an innovative theatrical production that combined works of Shakespeare and Cervantes while exploring topics such as diversity, theatrical performance, language, history and the craft of theatrical writing.

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.