UTC Aerospace Systems Celebrates New Charlotte HQ

Jul 1, 2013
Tasnim Shamma

One of the largest aerospace systems providers in the world opened its headquarters in West Charlotte Friday. UTC Aerospace Systems designs and manufactures products like propellers and engines and was founded last year after several mergers and acquisitions. Executives say it expects to add about 50 more jobs in the next five years.

There is a wave of new design coming and visionaries say it promises to be one of the most important technological advances of our time. 3D, or additive printing, holds possibilities that sound like science fiction, like printing new artificial limbs, human tissue, and medical tools. One company is designing a 3D printer that could someday print an entire house. But there are skeptics who say that 3D printing is expensive and their uses are still more fiction than fact. We'll look at this astonishing new technology with a Charlottean who happens to be an expert, when Charlotte Talks.

Lisa Miller

Mooresville’s public schools are used to visitors coming to learn how they blend technology with classes.  That’s because they’ve had a lot of success doing that.  But yesterday they got the ultimate visitor.  President Barack Obama used Mooresville Middle as a backdrop for his plan to provide all public schools across the country with high-speed internet.  

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison has put a price tag on his vision for the district.  He wants Mecklenburg County and the state to pitch in an extra $27 million next year to help fund new programs and expand others.  Those include bringing more technology to classrooms and creating career and technical specialties at schools.  The plan also calls for 10 new positions to help schools coordinate with companies and groups wanting to help. 

WFAE’s Lisa Miller was at last night’s meeting and joins Morning Edition host Duncan McFadyen in the studio. 

Start-Ups Struggle To Find Local Investment

Mar 13, 2013

When it comes to start-up technology businesses, let’s just say Charlotte is no Silicon Valley. The local start-up scene has made some recent strides, though. Packard Place in Uptown has emerged as a hub for technology entrepreneurs and last year launched RevTech Labs, a program offering space and support for early-stage companies. The first group graduated five months ago, but they’ve struggled to attract local investors—a common complaint of Charlotte start-ups.

Reducing the rate of high school dropouts and empowering students to succeed is a goal of several organizations in the Charlotte area, including the Arts & Science Council. They're launching a new program that seeks to serve at-risk students called Studio 345. The program is based on another initiative that's been in operation in Pittsburgh since the 70's. It uses the arts, education and the surrounding community to help students achieve. We'll meet Bill Strickland, founder of the National Center for Arts and Technology, and find out how the implementation of a program like his will help kids in the Charlotte region, when Charlotte Talks.

Two North Carolina school districts have won a combined $50 million worth of federal Race to the Top grants.  Guilford County and Iredell-Statesville schools will use the money to add technology to classrooms. 

In the past, Race to the Top money has gone to states.  This is the first time individual districts got the chance to apply for the grants.  The U.S. Department of Education awarded grants to sixteen districts across the country with plans to customize student learning.  

CARE/A. John Watson

We'll meet one of the leaders of an organization using an innovative strategy to fight global poverty. Jon Mitchell of CARE USA says that the technology that we take for granted in America, like cell phones, can be used to help end poverty in developing countries. We'll talk about the process of getting technology into the hands of the world's poorest communities and how this will help them better their situation and more, when Charlotte Talks.

Tech Entrepreneurs Woo Investors

Oct 8, 2012
Courtesy of Katy Hill

Last Wednesday was D-Day - Demonstration Day -  for five tech entrepreneurs in Charlotte. They showed off their products to potential investors who gathered at the business incubator Packard Place.

Nicholas Carr On The Internet And Our Brains

Sep 28, 2012
Erin Sutton

Like television before it, the Internet has been credited with being an influence on all sorts of things since it became a mainstream part of our lives - good and bad. Our guest this hour has been writing about technology, including the Internet, for years, and his latest book addresses what the Internet may be doing to our brains - re-mapping, re-programming, changing the way we think and learn!