The William States Lee College of Engineering


Contact Information

Department of Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Science

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
224 Duke Centennial Hall

9201 University City Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28223


Tel: (704) 687-0116

Brief Biography

Dr. Roger Tipton is a Research Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science department, where he brings a wealth of industry experience and academic expertise to his teaching and research endeavors. With a multifaceted background spanning from the shop floor to the boardroom, Dr. Tipton has established himself as a leading authority in the fields of composite materials, polymer materials, and sustainable materials.

Dr. Tipton’s journey in academia is complemented by his entrepreneurial spirit, having founded several successful companies throughout his career. These ventures have allowed him to apply his innovative thinking and problem-solving skills to real-world challenges, bridging the gap between academia and industry. As a result, he possesses a deep understanding of the practical implications and applications of his research.

In addition to his academic and entrepreneurial pursuits, Dr. Tipton has also ventured into the investment realm, where he actively explores opportunities in emerging technologies and sustainable initiatives. His astute business acumen and forward-thinking approach enable him to identify and support promising ventures that align with his vision of advancing materials science for a sustainable future.

As a professor, Dr. Tipton’s teaching philosophy revolves around imparting practical knowledge and fostering critical thinking skills in his students. He draws from his vast industry experience, sharing firsthand insights and experiences to provide a comprehensive and well-rounded education. Dr. Tipton’s dedication to mentoring and guiding aspiring engineers and researchers is evident through his commitment to nurturing the next generation of innovators.

In the realm of research, Dr. Tipton is actively involved in exploring composite materials, polymer materials, and sustainable materials. His work delves into the development of advanced materials with improved properties, durability, and environmental sustainability. Driven by a passion for pushing the boundaries of materials science, he collaborates with industry partners, fellow researchers, and students to tackle the complex challenges of our time.

Dr. Roger Tipton earned a Bachelor’s in Materials Science and Engineering from The Ohio State University, a Master’s in Materials Science from the University of South Florida and a PhD in Chemical, Biological & Materials Engineering from the University of South Florida.