Current News and College Highlights

Planning for the second annual TEDxUNCCharlotte, an independently organized live TEDx event, has begun. During TEDxUNCCharlotte 2020, scheduled for March 27, speakers will present ideas that center around the theme “Thinking Future. Thinking Forward.”  The online speaker application is available on the TEDxUNCCharlotte website and is open to all students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. The deadline to apply is Thursday, Oct. 31, by 11:59 p.m.
The College of Engineering's EPIC (Energy Production and Infrastructure Center)  always has some interesting events, speakers, projects and news going on. Learn more.   Just announced:   Innovators Competition is now open! 
The Office of Student Development and Success (OSDS) is very excited to welcome its newest team member, Jenny Becic. Jenny will be the face of Smith 228 and provide support to all who stop by! She will also be provide program support for Professional Developmemt events as well as SOAR and assist the 1201 instructors and help out during advising season!   

The North Carolina Motorsports Foundation’s mission is to support the racing industry of North Carolina through scholarship awards for students aspiring to a career in the motorsports industry. The Foundation awards scholarships through two programs – the Sam Belnavis Scholarship Award and the General Scholarship Awards.

Young Alumni Chapter (YAC) '10 Under Ten' Awards

Three of our alums were recently honored at a dinner at the Popp Martin Student Union.  For 2020: most nomination forms are open year-round, so submissions can be accepted at any time. You can find award descriptions and details on our website. The next deadline (for the Alumni Association Awardswill be in early January, so start writing those recommendation letters now to be submitted before the holidays.

We always enjoy hearing about our students' successes! Thanks to Crystal Baker at ASSA ABLOY Door Controls for snapping this picture of several Mechanical Engineering (ME) 49ers! 

They are Left to Right:  Andrew Lanier (UNCC ME), Alex Dechant (UNCC ME), Matthew Bailey (UNCC ME), Lara O’Brien (NCSU), Chloe’ Mundie (UNCC 2019 Graduate and now hired full-time), Francisco Nunez Ariza (UNCC ME). 

Read the Chancellor's 'Fast Five' update 

Chancellor Dubois to retire from UNC Charlotte  effective June 30, 2020. Now in his fifteenth year as Chancellor and with eight years served as President of the University of Wyoming, Dubois is one of the nation’s most experienced CEOs in higher education. He is the senior Chancellor in the UNC System.

Lee College of Engineering Dean, Dr. Bob Johnson announces new leadership will take the helm for the 2020-2021 school year as he makes plans to step down from his role in June of next year. 

Lee College of Engineering’s Long Relationship with Fleet Readiness Center East...94 engineering alumni currently employed!!  


OSDS welcomes a new Assistant Dean for Student Experiences and Director of OSDS. Dr. Cathy Blat rejoined OSDS on July 1st. Dr. Blat is an alum from the College of Engineering and was essential in the OSDS start up over 20 years ago! We are thrilled to have
​    her return and look forward to her leadership. 



  • The Lee College of Engineering announces its fall 2019 picnic date. Friday, Sept. 27th will be the day for our students and alumni to network and connect with our awesome engineering employers! Online registration for employers begins May 6th.  Students and alumni do not need to register for this event but save the date! This event ONLY happens ONCE A YEAR!!  Rain or Shine! Visit the picnic link for more details. ​
  • The University Career Center will host a general job fair on Sept. 13th. More information at their website This event is open to all majors and employers.
  • Congrats to EE alum, Ryan Kennedy, PE, and the CEO of Atom Power. Read his success story here!
  • The Lee College of Engineering congratulated several faculty and staff on their recent retirements. Including Ms. Billie Jo Schweitzer who has spent over a decade and a half welcoming and assisting students (and many others) as the smiling face of OSDS. We wish only the best as Ms. Schweitzer begins to enjoy her 6 Saturdays and a a Sunday! 
  • Despite the rainy weather, several hundred College of Engineering students graduated on Saturday, May 11th. We wish them all the best as they embark on the next chapter of their life! Congratulations to all who worked so hard to reach this milestone. Pictures are here!
  • Congrats to our Seniors as they presented their Final Projects at the Spring 2019 Sr. Design Expo. The Rocket Team soared to the top taking the William Heybruck first place spot! 
  • It always great seeing our alumni in action. 2016 BSME alum, Daniel Steel (pictured below) demonstrated how he performs certain material testing at Element Materials Testing Labs, located in SW Charlotte. Thanks to Joe, Bill and Daniel for the tours! 

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