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Jean-Claude Thill

Distinguished Professor

Jean-Claude Thill is the Knight Distinguished Professor of Public Policy. He has broad interests in urban policy and analysis, urban growth and sustainability, urban/rural divide, transportation, trade and logistics, and data science for social good. 

Mesbah Uddin

Director, NCMARC; Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Mesbah Uddin is the director of the North Carolina Motorsports and Automotive Research Center and a professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science at UNC Charlotte. He is the current chair of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) aerodynamics committee and a member of AIAA Turbulence Model Benchmarking working group. Dr.

Michael S. Mazzola

Executive Director, Energy Production and Infrastructure Center

Michael Mazzola, Ph.D., is the executive director of the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at UNC Charlotte and the Duke Energy Distinguished Chair in Power Engineering Systems. Prior to these appointments, he was a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Mississippi State University and the Jack Hatcher Chair for Engineering Entrepreneurship.

Victoria E. Rankin


Victoria E. Rankin, Ph.D., is a sociology lecturer at UNC Charlotte. Dr. Rankin earned her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Virginia and specializes in equity in education, social inequality, parent engagement, and the sociology of education. Prior to joining UNC Charlotte in 2017, Dr.