Dr. Browne paper on robotics education published in IEEE and automation success for the UNC Charlotte Robotic Mining Competition team.

My colleagues Dr. Aidan Browne and Jim Conrad recently had their paper on robotics education efforts published in IEEE Access.  This work spanned multiple years and was supported by the Department of Labor Mission Critical Operations Grant.


Aidan and Jim also had success at this year’s NASA Robotic Mining Competition, where the team earned the 3rd place award for automation.


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Cameron Nye graduates

Cameron Nye graduated with his MS in Applied Energy and Electromechanical Systems this May.  Cameron was a long time research assistant on the Mission Critical Operations project funded by the Department of Labor, where his contributions earned him Graduate Research Assistant of the year for the AEEMS program this year.  Cameron has taken a job with a Johnson Controls as a Control Engineer here in Charlotte.

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Casey Nichols joins the magnetic gearing research team

Casey Nichols joins the magnetic gearing research team for the summer, after being awarded a NC Space Grant undergraduate research scholarship.  Casey is as Mechanical Engineering Technology major who was recently recognized as an outstanding junior at the ET department awards ceremony.  Casey’s summer research will focus on improving the manufacturability of our magnetic gearing topologies for potential aerospace applications.

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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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