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Physics Students Visit UNCC Engineering Department

Students in Phil Apple’s physics class recently participated in an opportunity to experience a university engineering program through UNC-Charlotte. A presentation about the engineering program was given by Dr. Tom Nicholas, professor of Civil Engineering at UNCC, followed by hands-on activities using the innovative technology that students use as part of the engineering curriculum.

Dr. Nicholas’ primary area of expertise is in bridge engineering, where he shared curriculum and occupational requirements. Physics students conducted several experiments that included using simulators that are incorporated into the construction engineering program. Taylor Baucom used one of these simulators to operate a front-end loader, while Ben Mosley’s simulator allowed him to operate a dump truck. During these simulations, students were given an assignment or task to complete, and they had to use the technology to complete the task successfully.

According to Apple, the experience at UNCC “was a great opportunity for our students to learn what an engineering program involves. It was also a chance for our prospective engineering majors to visit a local university that has an established engineering department.”

Written by: Donna Helms, Web Editor
Posted: Jan 23, 2015 by Donna Helms

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