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Sealed Air Corp. to Use PORTAL for R&D

An agreement with Sealed Air Corp. to lease temporary research and development space at the PORTAL building advances UNC Charlotte’s standing as North Carolina’s urban research institution, University officials say. It also is a tangible illustration of the University’s commitment to foster partnerships with private industry.

On Nov. 16, the University and the company announced the partnership, which calls for the University to house the company’s research and development personnel for 18 months or longer. The arrangement provides temporary work space for the company’s researchers while a permanent facility is being built in Charlotte.

Best known as the maker of Bubble Wrap, Sealed Air has been around since 1960. The company also makes food packaging, packing foam, medical packaging and other products. In 2014, the company generated revenue of approximately $7.8 billion. Sealed Air has approximately 24,000 employees who serve customers in 175 countries.

UNC Charlotte Among 'Best for Vets'

UNC Charlotte is one of the 125 four-year institutions to make the Military Times "Best for Vets: Colleges 2016" rankings.

An annual survey in its six year, the Military Times rankings provide the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement.

David Vacchi, associate director for veteran student services, said being ranked by Military Times is "an important first-time achievement for UNC Charlotte as we are finally being recognized for the great work the University is doing for veterans every day. There are areas in which we can improve as a campus and the Veterans Services Office will be working diligently to make the campus even more welcoming for veterans." Click here to learn more about the rankings.