With innovation at our core, William States Lee College of Engineering is forging the future, developing new knowledge and solutions that will address some of the world’s most critical challenges. Alliances of students, faculty and community partners combine their research efforts to enable global advancements through leading research in strategic areas. 

One of the world’s fastest rising research universities (Times Higher Ed, 2023)

UNC Charlotte ranks in top 10 in U.S. for new patents filed and approved, new start-up companies formed

W.S. Lee College of Engineering faculty are internationally recognized, including NSF CAREER Awards, NSF Graduate Research Fellowships, Fulbright, NIST Flemming and more.

Many of our researchers are listed among the top 2% in the world. 

Areas of Research Emphasis 

  • Advanced manufacturing and metrology
  • Cybersecruity
  • Health Bioinformatics
  • Optics and Optoelectronics
  • Transformational Energy
  • Transportation and advanced mobility