Chris Vermillion

Associate Professor

Dr. Vermillion’s interests lie in the application of optimal control and design optimization tools to cutting-edge problems in renewable energy and energy efficiency. He is particularly interested in the development of tethered systems for harnessing wind and marine hydrokinetic energy, in addition to the use of connected and autonomous vehicles to realize substantial fuel economy improvements over conventional vehicles.

Dr. Vermillion’s research requires strong mathematical fundamentals, as well as the ability to integrate knowledge and critical thinking skills from multiple domains (e.g., control theory, dynamics, and computer aided design) to perform cohesive and practically relevant research. As such, he looks for students who are not only adept in mathematical and control theoretic fundamentals but can also identify and apply knowledge from multiple relevant areas to address research problems.

Education

Ph.D. 2009

Electrical Engineering

University of Michigan

M.S. 2005

Electrical Engineering

University of Michigan

B.S.E. 2004

Aerospace Engineering

University of Michigan

B.S.E. 2004

Mechanical Engineering

University of Michigan

Honors and Awards

  • UNC-Charlotte College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award, 2017
  • UNC-Charlotte Maxheim Faculty Fellowship, 2016
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2015