EPIC News

EPIC is a busy place! With the wide-range of work going on at EPIC, there is frequently news from our Associates about the important projects in which they are involved. And as a resource for information about innovations, trends and updates related to energy, EPIC hosts both a Fall and Spring Seminar Series with speakers who are experts in the energy field. Check back often to learn more about EPIC’s ongoing activities and other news from our center and our industry partners.

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EPIC welcomes new Director

Date Published: 
Monday, July 10, 2017
Welcome Dr. Mike Mazzola!

Dr. Mike Mazzola has taken the helm of the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) as Director and Duke Energy Distinguished Chair in Power Engineering Systems.

$7.7 million USDOT Center CAMMSE Underway

Monday, June 19, 2017

Established in December 2016, the Center for Advanced Multimodal Mobility Solutions and Education (CAMMSE) is now up and running with numerous projects underway. UNC Charlotte is the lead in the multi-institutional initiative, which is funded by a $7.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis’ Staff Visits EPIC

Date Published: 
Thursday, June 15, 2017

James Estes, David Young (EPIC), Luke Blanchat & Elizabeth Edwards

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis’ staff visited UNC Charlotte on June 12 to meet with University leaders and faculty to learn about several programs of interest to Tillis and his committee assignments.

Battery Energy Storage System Management for Improving Power Grid Reliability

Thursday, June 15, 2017

To improve the way solar power is integrated and distributed to the grid using grid level batteries, Electrical and Computer Engineering Associate Professor Dr. Sukumar Kamalasadan and his students have been performing research at Duke Energy’s photovoltaic and battery storage system testbed in Catawba County since 2013.

EPIC's Transportation Energy Cluster Researchers Usher in New Chapter of Rail History

Date Published: 
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A new chapter of passenger locomotive propulsion opened at the N.C. Transportation Museum this past April. Researchers from UNC Charlotte’s Lee College of Engineering met with industry experts and museum staff to discuss an innovative battery-powered engine.

EPIC Starts Affiliates Program

Monday, June 12, 2017

To more directly engage energy engineering companies with its people and programs, the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at UNC Charlotte has established a new affiliates program.

The EPIC Affiliates Program offers several options for levels of involvement, based on the requirements of participants. The program currently has 10 members, spanning all levels of involvement.

Duke Energy Foundation gives $900,000 to UNC Charlotte's College of Engineering

Date Published: 
Friday, June 9, 2017

The Charlotte Observer by Lavendrick Smith

The Duke Energy Foundation announced Thursday it’s donating $2 million to UNC Charlotte in a gift that’s aimed to boost the university’s Charlotte Engineering College and the Women in Computing Initiative.

UNC Charlotte ranks high among research universities for technology transfer

Date Published: 
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

"American research universities are among the nation's most powerful engines for domestic economic growth, and funding to sustain their research brings strong returns in the form of new industries, businesses and jobs." In the Milken Institute report UNC Charlotte ranked 43 out of 225 research institutions in the US for their prowess in developing basic research into new technologies, products and companies.

49er Rocket Team has Soaring Finish at NASA Competition

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Lee College of Engineering Rocketry Team placed fifth out of 50 schools at the 2017 NASA Student Launch competition. The event took place at the Marshall Space Flight Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama, during the week of April 5-9, with the competition flight on April 8.

EPIC Associates recognized for teaching excellence

Date Published: 
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Cox, in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Mr. Daniel Hoch in the Department of Engineering Technology & Construction Management as recipients of the Undergraduate Award in Teaching Excellence and also congratulations to Dr.