Students present at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute Renewable Ocean Energy Program Symposium

Students from the magnetic gearing research group presented at the annual NC Renewable Ocean Energy Program symposium in Wanchese, NC earlier this month.

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Congratulations to NC FIRST teams

A number of North Carolina teams represented the state last week in Houston for part 1 of the FIRST championship.  These students build robots (up to 120 pounds) in the course of a six week build season, before competition begins.  Dr. Browne, Steven Padgett and I were able to meet with many of the students at the Asheville and Greensboro district events where we represented the NCMCO, telling students how their interest in engineering and technology could turn into a career in Mission Critical Operations.

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UNC Charlotte Makerspace hosts digital fashion show 27-April

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NCSSM is looking for an instructor of engineering

I’ve had the opportunity to work with students and faculty at NCSSM over the years and this would be a great opportunity for someone interested in working with talented students at an exceptional institution.  More information at:

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Instructor of Engineering

DEPARTMENT/OFFICE:              Engineering and Technology

POSITION NUMBER:                    65004533

POSTING DATE:                            January 6, 2017

CLOSING DATE:                            February 3, 2017 5pm – Posting Extended

SALARY TYPE/RANGE:               EHRA Faculty – Salary commensurate with
education and experience
10 Month Position, 1.0 FTE

Anticipated State Date – August 2017

Minimum Requirements::

Minimum of Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or closely related field.

Description of Work:

Position reports to the Dean of Engineering and Technology and is responsible for providing instruction for engineering courses.

General duties include: This faculty position will play an enthusiastic role in ongoing, collegial conversations about ideas, goals, pedagogical methods, and authentic assessment, within a collaborative teaching and learning environment. Faculty are expected to develop and communicate to students clear course objectives and goals; plan and develop an instructional program that helps students assimilate specific course content and skills; regularly monitor and evaluate students’ progress, providing them with resources and feedback on their performance; structure and manage an environment conducive to learning; model for students responsibility to self and others; follow the School’s philosophy, policies, and procedures; serve as academic advisor to a small group of students (beginning in the second year of employment); serve as a Mini-Term sponsor; attend departmental, faculty, and staff meetings; serve on departmental, faculty, and school-based standing committees; participate in professional development and personal intellectual growth activities. Participate in one or more of the following activities: provide information, service, and expertise to other schools and organizations; assist students on special projects, independent and individual study, and seminar-based studies; participate in the Admissions Process by recruiting, selecting, and advising prospective students; participate in the NCSSM alumni activities; provide assistance for school-sponsored programs and extra-curricular activities. Opportunities for leadership within the department may be available.

Specific Duties: Specific duties include teaching Fundamentals of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Research Experience in Engineering.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Experience as an engineering instructor, engineering teaching assistant, and/or engineering industry experience is desired. Experience teaching engineering in a high school setting is preferred.

Other requirements include: preparation for teaching an ethnically diverse student population as demonstrated by training and experience; experience in use of educational technology; commitment to curriculum design and willingness to participate in residential school programs including social, recreational, and advisory responsibilities at times other than usual school hours.

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Carbide Create: First Impressions

So I finally got around to kicking the tires on Carbide Create, the CAM software from Carbide 3D to control the Nomad Desktop CNC.  The software was quick to learn, easy to use, and integrated seamlessly with the Nomad.  It readily handles circles and polygons as pockets, bosses, or simple toolpaths.  It looks to be a nice package which will aid in our prototyping activities.1482514801117-1121139100

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MET alum launches business serving the racing community

  • Derek Fricke (MET undergraduate 2014) has spun his passion for design, cars, and engineering into a small business serving the customers in both the high end sports car and racing market.  The race seat design is used in NASCAR Ryan Newman’s SPRINT Cup car and is a continuation of his senior design project that had him partnering with Innovative Safety Products, a Charlotte area business, to improve the manufacturability of their existing race seat designs while maintaining the safety performance.

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Dell EMC OEM & IoT on Twitter

A project that UNC Charlotte MET undergraduate alum and current masters student Philip Bard has worked on at his new job with Kepware.

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