Zoom in on North Carolina, and you’ll find Charlotte city, the state’s largest city and one of the nation’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas. Manufacturing, healthcare and the energy industry are vital components of the Charlotte business community. Its region is home to more than 270 Fortune 500 Companies, seven of which are headquartered in Mecklenburg County.
Its community is one of the best as well. It boasts a multicultural population, an array of artistic offerings, a wealth of public health and healthcare resources, a world-class airport, thriving professional sports franchises, and the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just a two-hour drive away.
The energy sector is where the city truly excels at. It boasts a highly connected, informed and collaborative cluster of energy companies and organisations, a growing energy economy, a world-class energy workforce and leadership pipeline and a relevant and dynamic energy innovation ecosystem. It’s the ideal place to study energy-related topics.
Enter the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte). Located in an attractive suburban setting on a 1,000-acre wooded campus, the urban research university leverages its location in Charlotte to offer internationally competitive research and creative activity programmes, exemplary undergraduate, graduate, and professional programmes, and impactful community engagement activities.
Its Master of Science in Applied Energy and Electromechanical Systems (AEES) programme is one of the finest engineering postgraduate programmes, producing quality and versatile engineers who can make an impactful difference globally. Just ask student Casey Nichols, who is now one of the pioneers in the renewable energy sector. “Completing my AEES degree opened up so many doors for me and allowed me to reach my goal of working in R&D for renewable energy,” shares Nichols.
A 30-hour engineering programme, the AEES programme comprises advanced coursework and research to enhance professional development, improve technical competency and initiate a lifelong learning experience. For student Kirtan Davda, the programme expanded her knowledge in the energy and electromechanical sectors, research and teaching assistantships. “Thanks to my master’s degree at UNC Charlotte, I got the opportunity to work on laser-plasma interaction for my thesis. Due to that, I’ve been able to implement that in my PhD in Nuclear Fusion at Oak Ridge National Lab,” shares Davda.
That’s not all. AEES students are set to become highly sought-after professionals globally too.
“My career has accelerated beyond anything I could have imagined since completing my degree five years ago. I have travelled the world and significantly increased my income,” shares student Philip Bard. “I have had many moments over the last few years where I ask myself ‘how did I get here?’ The answer is that I finished a Master of Science in Applied Energy and Electromechanical Systems at UNC Charlotte.”
The William States Lee College of Engineering is a community for the intellectually curious. It strives for excellence in the teaching, research and service missions in a dynamic interactive campus environment.
“Our university is our city’s research hub and a driving force of economic development in our region and state,” shares Chancellor Sharon L. Gaber.
Engineering a smart and secure future for North Carolina
UNC Charlotte is expanding its enrollment of students in computational engineering-related fields. In this effort, the school received US$41.2 million from the North Carolina General Assembly to recruit an additional 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students over the next five years.
“The demand for highly-skilled, innovative graduates in computer science and engineering fields is dramatically increasing. This investment by the state in our students, faculty and facilities will pay dividends for all North Carolinians,” says Gaber.
A part of the funding will be used to expand and renovate its existing spaces for continued excellence too. The school aims to build a leading-edge maker space, visualisation and simulation labs, active learning classrooms and collaborative research space for interdisciplinary teams of engineers, AI and cybersecurity experts, and data and computer scientists.
All of these spaces will further allow students to get the most out of their engineering education.
An excellent destination for engineering students to become overachievers
Overall, UNC Charlotte’s AEES programme will transform aspiring engineers to be pioneers in the energy sector.
“Having an AEES degree is great for opening doors to a much bigger world. The course flexibility and customisability can help give you a more rounded background in comparison with some other master’s degrees which focus you into a single slot,” shares student Pushkar Sathe.
For Nichols, she highly recommends the programme “to any individuals looking to enter or grow in the energy field.” UNC Charlotte is still accepting applications for its Fall and January 2023 intake. Click here to find out how you can energise your future.