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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.

Conference Explores Latin America and the African Diaspora

The Africana Studies Department, the Department of History and the Latin American Studies program will co-host the international conference "Locating and Connecting Latin America and the African Diaspora" on Thursday and Friday, April 30 - May 1. The conference is free and open to the public; all activities will take place in the UNC Charlotte Student Union

Conferees will explore comparative approaches that place North America and Africa in conversation with the Caribbean and Latin America on some of the pertinent transnational issues dealing with globalization and geographies of inequality; race and racism; community formation and citizenship; migration and cross-border movements; and the construction and performance of identity, arts and culture.