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Welcome from Dr. Enslin
There is a lot going on at EPIC as we continue to grow and garner the attention of many in the energy industry, including elected officials, local governments and international delegations. Interest in our energy related courses remains strong with class enrollment increasing each semester and the breadth of our faculty expertise expanding. EPIC, with the support of a strong Advisory Board, strives to determine how best to engage the energy industry and to be innovative in our research opportunities.This quarterly newsletter will serve as a vehicle to keep you abreast of the exciting activities and opportunities at EPIC and in the energy industry. We welcome your input and for you to share this with those interested in learning more about EPIC.
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EPIC wants to help you stay plugged into the news, seminars, events and many activities taking place here and throughout the energy industry. We have revamped many of our sites and invite you to like, follow and link with EPIC today!
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EPIC 2015 Advisory Board
EPIC Advisory Board
The EPIC Advisory Board is a group of accomplished business leaders who are active in the energy industry. Through its insightful recommendations and expertise, the Board helps us remain focused on our mission to enhance the available technical workforce, advance technology and facilitate the strategic industry-university collaboration for the global energy industry, while supporting the Carolinas' economic and energy security development.  2015 Advisory Board
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2015-2016 scholarship recipients announced

EPIC is pleased to announce that Sherif Abdelrazek, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering is the recipient of the 2015-2016 Siemens Energy Masters Scholarship. The EPIC evaluation committee reviewed over twenty applications from highly qualified energy focused engineering students before making their selection. 

 

EPIC awarded six Graduate Research Assistant-ships for the academic year 2015-2016, to the following energy graduate students:

Muhammad Ahmed, Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

Jenet Hattaway, Ph.D., Infrastructure and Environment Systems (INES)

Heather Hendren, Ph.D., Infrastructure and Environment Systems (INES)

Sheikh Jakir Hossain, Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

H.M. Mesbah Maruf, Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

Behdad Vatani, Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
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Research  Cluster Update

The Power Systems Modernization Cluster addresses issues related to the implementation of a smart grid and the impact on: assuring reliable delivery of power, informing the consumer immediately of impending weather-related disruptions and speedy remediation, and managing distributed generation assets optimally to assure high standards of reliability are maintained. The Cluster team is focused on technologies that can assist the industry in minimizing the environmental impact, operating at high efficiency and keeping the lights on. More details

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NAPS Calls for Papers

The North American Power Symposium is an international open forum for participants from academia and industry to exchange innovative ideas and solutions with each other and will be hosted by UNC Charlotte and EPIC on October 4-6. Please consider the opportunity to submit and publish original scientific results to NAPS 2015. Authors are encouraged to submit an abstract and full manuscript for review by June 10, 2015. More details

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Lab Highlight
The high-bay lab is an advanced, full-scale testing facility where faculty and students design and test resilient infrastructure systems, both above and below ground, many of which support the power industry. As our energy infrastructure ages, complex repairs are often needed in order to extend its life. Likewise, new technologies, materials, and procedures need to be developed to meet future energy infrastructure needs. By researching energy infrastructure improvements and creating new designs, EPIC assists the energy industry in building reliable energy infrastructure components and systems.   More details
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Restructuring of EEAO

EPIC is restructuring our Technical Services activity in order to have better representation of all our activities and laboratories at EPIC through EEAO. In order to move forward with this restructuring David Causey will be the new Energy and Environmental Assistance Office (EEAO) Director, reporting to the Director of EPIC. David joined EPIC in January of 2014 and has served as the Assistant Director for Outreach and Development and recently took on the responsibility of the college's Safety Officer.

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Graduate students from KIT partnering with EPIC researchers

Eleven graduate students from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Karlsruhe, Germany, are participating in a six-month research exchange program at EPIC.  During the program, the 11 KIT interns will serve as research assistants for nine EPIC faculty members working on a variety of energy related projects.  On May 18, UNC Charlotte students Kaitlyn Chapman, Civil Engineering; Samuel Ludwig and Kristen Venditti, Mechanical Engineering; and Mahfuz Ali Shuvra, Electrical Engineering; began a two-month exchange at KIT.
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Start-up works closely with EPIC

CLT Joules is an initiative to promote energy innovation and start-ups among the entrepreneurial community in Charlotte and offers early-stage energy companies a targeted program where they can learn, accelerate growth, and connect to the big players in the energy ecosystem of Charlotte. One such start-up is  xSi Solar, LLC, developers of leading edge crystalline silicon solar cell technologies that increase power production per solar panel. Co-founders Chad Wolford and Dr. Ben Damiani are working with PV expert Dr. Aba Ebong with EPIC, on technology development. Dr. Damiani was the first to implement ion implanted solar cells and advanced metallization in the USA.  EPIC is pleased to be a member of CLT Joules and are excited to further build our partnership now that CLT Joules offices are within EPIC.
Upcoming Events
June 3
Please join energy professionals for a presentation and discussion of the Carolina's emerging energy technology, the topic will be about BarberWind Turbines presented by Michael Shore, president and CEO. BarberWind Turbines is a groundbreaking wind technology company that designs, manufactures, constructs and maintains wind energy assets. The presentation takes place at EPIC and is at 4:30, a  reception will follow from 5:30 to 6:15 pm.

June 8-12
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites you to the premier international forum for applied research and industrial applications in manufacturing and design. The 2015 conference schedule will include keynote and technical presentations, expert panels, student poster presentations, an exhibition of industry partners, an early career forum, UNC Charlotte lab tours, an awards banquet, luncheons and more.

June 20
The NC Transportation Museum will host Rail Day where you can explore the past, present and future of railway and other forms of transportation. Featuring, trains, autos and flying machines! UNC Charlotte's EPIC is please to be a partner.

July 13-15
The 2015 Appalachian Energy Summit (AES), marks the fourth annual gathering for the University of North Carolina Energy Leadership Challenge. During the summit, campus leaders from our 17 public institutions and seven private colleges and universities convene to share best practices and build peer relationships. This year representatives from other states' university systems are invited. The goal is to jump start a national effort across higher education.

October 4
NAPS is held every year at a different university in North America and provides an international open forum for participants from academia and industry to exchange innovative ideas and solutions with each other.  NAPS 2015 will continue the long held tradition of encouraging presentation of papers by students and recognizing their best efforts by awards at the end of the symposium.
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VISITORS
EPIC generates the interest of people and organizations from the US and countries from around the world. Look who has stopped by this year! If you have a group that would like a tour, they may be scheduled on Fridays between 9:00 a.m -12:00 p.m.

Alevo
Alstom
Bergari Solutions
Bessemer City High School
Charlotte Green Team
Charlotte Water
China Power Supply Society
Clark Nexsen
Conexx
CPCC
Duke Energy
Durham STEM High School
EPRI Conference Attendees
Ernst & Young
ESI
FMC Lithium
German Delegation
German Marshall Fund
Indian Delegation
New Energy Technologies
Olympic High School
Philip O. Barry Engineering Academy
Project Scientist
Robotics Club
Syska Hennessy
Tim Grayson-CRI Group
Turkmenistan Delegation
UNC Board of Governors
U.S. Congressman Richard Hudson
Voltes Energy
Wiggins & Vande Garde
About EPIC: The Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at UNC Charlotte in the William States Lee College of Engineering, serves as a state-of- the-art research center that provides  education  and applied research opportunities to students with energy related interests. Our industry-education partnerships unite students, faculty and industrial partners to collaborate on interdisciplinary research and learning.
Contact:
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9201 University City Blvd. Charlotte, NC  28223 704.687.5614
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