Monday, January 27, 2014

Energy, Big Data, Scholars to be Featured on UNC-TV

By Jared Moon

A statewide TV show will feature a segment highlighting some of UNC Charlotte's most important and impressive programs, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29.
UNC-TV interviews deans Yi Deng (left) and Steve Ott.

Watch the show on TV, but if you miss it, the segment will be posted a few days later online.

UNC-TV's "North Carolina Now" is currently visiting each of the 17 institutions that make up the University of North Carolina System to get a feel for what each school does, in terms of educating and elevating our communities, and how it accomplishes that mission.  Through this series of feature stories, produced by Rick Sullivan, "North Carolina Now" seeks to improve public awareness and understanding of the academic work and research that takes place at each campus and affiliate organization, and how this work connects back to the local and state economies.  The 17-piece series works to give North Carolinians a more comprehensive understanding of the entire University of North Carolina system, and the role each individual campus plays within it.

UNC Charlotte’s segment will showcase three of the many great initiatives we have on our campus, along with two of our Levine Scholars.

Sullivan first visited the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center to interview Director Johan Enslin, about the facility that has widespread industry support for educating the next generation of energy engineers. Sullivan then interviewed Deans Yi Deng (College of Computing & Informatics) and Steve Ott (Belk College of Business) regarding the University's top initiative, Data Science and Business Analytics, a.k.a., Big Data.  Sullivan also talked with Paul Wetenhall to discuss the Ventureprise business incubator and our new facility called PORTAL (Partnership, Outreach and Research to Accelerate Learning). He wrapped up by interviewing Levine Scholars Celia Karp (College of Health & Human Services) and Christina Neitzey (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences) about their experiences and opportunities at UNC Charlotte.

Throughout the interviews, Sullivan and his guests emphasized the connection and mutually beneficial relationship the University has with the city of Charlotte, and the greater Charlotte region.  They discussed how we are striving to not only meet, but drive industry and community needs, all while growing with Charlotte, and helping it continue to grow as a vibrant, attractive city for business, industry and people alike.

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Jared Moon is communications coordinator in the Office of Public Relations

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