Chris Vermillion

Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science

Email: cvermill@uncc.edu

Phone: 704-687-1764

Cell: 734-678-1153

Office: 356 Duke



I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I completed my B.S.E. in aerospace and mechanical engineering (dual degree) and M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, all at the University of Michigan. Following my doctoral work, I worked as a post-doctoral researcher and senior engineer at the Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, conducting research related to the application of constrained optimal control approaches to the management of several competing objectives in advanced automotive powertrains. Following my time at Toyota, I served as a lead engineer for an MIT-based startup, Altaeros Energies, which is pioneering the design of a tethered wind energy system that uses a lighter-than-air shell to elevate a horizontal axis turbine to altitudes far in excess of towered turbines’ hub heights. I remain actively involved with Altaeros as a technical advisor to the team and devote a large fraction of my research efforts toward the dynamic characterization and control design of tethered wind energy systems.


I am presently engaged in three key areas of research, all of which involve the application of dynamic modeling and control to important practical problems:

  • Flight dynamics and control of tethered wind energy systems.
  • The study of human-vehicle interaction in highly “electrified” vehicles.
  • Hybrid and renewable energy systems.