Industry-Specific Research

Staying abreast of manufacturing trends

Our regional research centers reach across all advanced manufacturing industries to address complex problems in an interdisciplinary fashion.

Charlotte Research Institute

The Institute's research centers consist of people and facilities that are thematically aggregated so that, together, they can address complex problems in an interdisciplinary fashion.

UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Grigg Hall, Suite 258
Charlotte NC 28223-0001
Phone: 704-687-8284
Fax: 704-687-8285

Kannapolis Office
201 Oak Ave
Kannapolis NC 28081
Phone: 704-934-4000
Fax: 704-934-4001

Research Centers

Center For Precision Metrology
The Center for Precision Metrology is focused on precision engineering and measurement including: research in manufacturing processes and quality assurance for mechanical parts to within a millionth of a meter. New state-of-the-art facilities will include clean rooms and multiple metrology labs. The Center's efforts—which have included high speed machine parts, specialized sensors, aerospace industry applications—have attracted companies such as Caterpillar, Mitutoyo and Boeing for collaboration. The center also includes a group focused on motorsports and automotive research with collaborative partnerships with area race teams and NASCAR. The Center has been recognized as a National Science Foundation Center of Excellence in New Industry Collaboration and in Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

Center For Optoelectronics & Optical Communication
The Center for Optoelectronics and Optical Communications includes research areas in: design and fabrication of photonic devices, integrated optical circuitry, assembly and packaging of optical systems, optical materials, methods for precision optical metrology, and optical imaging and inverse methods for wavefront synthesis. The center has successfully allied with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke University, The Carolinas MicroOptics Triangle, and the North Carolina Photonics Consortium. A respected leader in the discipline, the center has won Defense Advancement Research Projects Agency (DARPA) grants for the past three years.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte has recently established a Bioinformatics Program. This is a joint effort by scientists within the Departments of Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, and Mathematics , and in the Research Division of the Carolinas Healthcare Center. The focus of the program is on genetic factors in disease and gene regulation, although we define Bioinformatics more generally as the discovery, development and application of powerful computational tools to extract knowledge from complex biological data. Currently, our faculty work on a variety of projects including genetic factors in ovarian and hepatic cancer, new approaches to the analysis of microarray data, and the use of systems analysis techniques to understand gene-gene interactions. The Bioinformatics Program will be located in a $35M, 70,000 sf Bioinformatics Building under construction on the Charlotte Research Institute Campus of UNC-Charlotte.

Other Areas of Applied Research

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte conducts research outside the venue of the Charlotte Research Institute. The links to other research entities at UNC Charlotte are listed here in an effort to promote knowledge and collaboration.

Nanoscale Science
This is a field of scientific investigation that addresses the development, manipulation, and use of materials and devices on the scale of roughly 1-100 nanometers in length, and the study of phenomena that occur on this size scale. As the highest priority funded science and technology effort since the space race, nanoscale science offers great potential for applications in materials, medicine, optics, electronics, data storage, advanced manufacturing, environment, energy, and national security.

Mechanical Engineering
Duke Centennial Hall (DCH) is the home of the Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science Department. Built to embody the William States Lee College of Engineering's philosophy of a hands-on design-based educational experience, these world-class facilities allow us to make this philosophy a reality. The 107,000-square-foot building contains state-of-the art classrooms, lecture halls, laboratories, machine shops, computer labs, and computational and modeling facilities. Adjacent to DCH, is the 5,000 square-foot Motorsports labs, which now houses the newly constructed water tunnel - ranked 5th in the nation.

The Department offers an undergraduate program that leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (BSME); and this degree is also offered with a concentration in Motorsports. The Graduate Programs lead to a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME), Master of Science in Engineering (MSE), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. The career paths of mechanical engineering graduates lead in many directions --including design, analysis, construction, research, education, judicial, and management. The program’s goal is to give graduates the fundamentals they need to apply their mechanical engineering knowledge to succeed in the application of their choice.

The Motorsports program is rigorous and well respected in the automotive and racing industries. We offer one of the most innovative "hands-on" programs available in the U.S., allowing our students to be some of the most qualified applicants in motorsports. Roughly 10% of all NASCAR engineers are UNC Charlotte graduates.

The program insures that students have the opportunity to learn the theory that will help them on the race track or in an automotive manufacturing facility. They are exposed to some of the most well respected professionals in the racing and automotive industries, adding high level practical experience as a potential part of the training.

Students also have the opportunity to build on your undergraduate motorsports education with Masters and PhD graduate degrees offered in one of our many engineering majors. Students can also focus on the business side of motorsports with an MBA in our new Sport Marketing and Management program in the Belk Business School, a one-of-a-kind niche program being talked about throughout the industry.

Center for LEAN Logistics and Engineered Systems at UNC-Charlotte
For general questions about CLLES please contact:
S. Gary Teng, Director or Ertunga C. Ozelkan, Associate Director
Center for Lean Logistics and Engineered Systems

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223-001


  • Supply Chain Management for Textile/Apparel Industry
  • Supply Chain Management for Enhancing Power Distribution Systems
  • Lean Robust Systems Design Approach for Lean Supply Chain Operations
  • Effective Warranty Returns for Supply Chain Operations
  • FMEA Implementation in a Collaborative Supply Chain Environment
  • Risk Management in Complex System Operations
  • A Longitudinal Study of the Market Penetration of Cockpit Weather Information Systems: Ongoing project
  • Identification of Market Adoption Factors and Product Positioning for Cockpit Weather Information Systems
  • Optimization-Based Models for Resource Downgrading and Test Wafer Management in Semiconductor Fabrication
  • Making Procurement Decisions in a Group-Buying Framework: Volume-Discounted and Combinatorial Cases
  • Supply Chain Management in Natural Gas Industry