Research Projects


Ocean Energy Power Takeoff Using Magnetic Gears 

Dr. Williams has worked with Dr. Jonathan Bird (Portland State University) in magnetic power takeoff projects sponsored by the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program as well as the Department of Energy.  His contributions have focused on mechanical analysis, modeling, and testing, and manufacturability.




NASA Robotic Mining Competition

The NASA Robotic Mining Competition is an annual event that challenges students to design and build a robot that will compete in a simulated Martian environment at Kennedy Space Center.  Students encounter real world design challenges related to robotics, teleoperation, automation, and maneuvering in a challenging terrain.  UNC has participated in each of the annual competitions, thanks in large part to support from the North Carolina Space Grant.




Additive Manufacturing for Optical Fabrication

Dr. Williams has worked with Optimax on projects at the intersection of additive manufacturing and optical fabrication.



Mission Critical Operator Curriculum and Articulation Development

As part of a Department of Labor grant, UNC Charlotte worked with a consortium of community colleges to develop a stacked and latticed curriculum for an associates Mission Critical Operations delivered at the community colleges.  This was the springboard for follow-on research focused on securing of manufacturing networks.