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N.C. A&T Partners with Cornell on $800K Seed Grant to Boost Sustainable Production

10/08/2021 in Research and Economic Development, College of Engineering

The College of Engineering (COE) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is partnering with Cornell University on a three-year $800,000 seed grant funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) initiative. The funding is part of a total NSF investment of $8 million to 10 institutions to support materials research partnerships between minority-serving institutions and large-scale, NSF-supported research centers and facilities.

N.C. A&T Awarded $200K NSF Grant to Establish Digital Badge Program, Advance STEM Education

10/07/2021 in Research and Economic Development, College of Business and Economics, College of Engineering

A team at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to implement a digital badge program which seeks to increase the competitive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skillsets of students entering the transportation workforce and transportation graduate school programs.

Three A&T Researchers Aim to Solve AI Reliability with $493K DOD-NSA Award

09/24/2021 in Research and Economic Development, College of Engineering

Three faculty researchers in the College of Engineering (COE) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University are addressing issues of national security regarding the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions into critical domains – including autonomous vehicles, robots, defense systems, critical battlefield infrastructure monitoring, complex traffic flow management and more. The research addresses the risk of adversarial attacks in the complex network of data in society’s increasing number of modern smart devices, automobiles and financial systems.

N.C. A&T Research Team Employs Drones to Inspect Bridges in North Carolina

09/13/2021 in Research and Economic Development, College of Engineering

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is responsible for the safety of 13,500 bridges in the state. According to Ali Karimoddini, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, each of those bridges, regardless of their condition, is inspected at least once every two years, in accordance with the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS). That adds up to a lot of time, personnel and money to ensure the safety of North Carolinians and visitors.

N.C. A&T Joins in $25M NSF Center to Address Phosphorus Sustainability

09/09/2021 in Research and Economic Development, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has partnered with institutions across the country to establish the $25 million Science and Technology Center for Phosphorus Sustainability (STEPS) led by N.C. State University and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The center is a renewable project that will bring together multiple disciplines in a “convergence research approach” to address and reduce not only society’s dependence on phosphate mining, but also the actual amount of phosphorus that impacts our soil and water resources.

North Carolina A&T Joins Duke, Other Major Partners, in $20M Artificial Intelligence Center

08/24/2021 in Research and Economic Development, College of Engineering

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is playing a critical role in the creation of Athena, a new artificial intelligence (AI) research center led by Duke University and including Yale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other prominent institutional partners. Funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security, Athena is part of a $220 million investment in 11 AI research institutes engaging campuses in 40 states nationwide.

N.C. A&T Mechanical Engineering Design Team Recognized for Best Engineering Design Process

07/16/2021 in Research and Economic Development, College of Engineering

Four recent mechanical engineering graduates from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University won the 2021 Sandia Senior Design Bonanza Best Engineering Design Process award for their senior capstone design. In 2020, the first year that Sandia sponsored the mechanical engineering project at A&T, the seniors were named most innovative.

N.C. A&T Bioengineering Researcher Awarded $550K NSF Grant to Develop Biomaterials for Wound-Care Applications

07/07/2021 in Research and Economic Development, College of Engineering

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a three-year $550,000 grant to Narayan Bhattarai, Ph.D., an associate professor of bioengineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, to research metal-composite biomaterial that will significantly reduce the inflammation and scar formation of wounds, leading to more effective healing for patients. Bhattarai is the sole principal investigator on the grant titled, “Biodegradable Composite Nanofiber Meshes that Contain Degradable Metal Particulates.”

N.C. A&T Grant Develops Clean Energy Apprenticeship, First of Its Kind in Nation

07/02/2021 in Research and Economic Development, College of Engineering

On Thursday, July 1, Gov. Roy Cooper visited Halifax Community College to learn more about North Carolina’s first Clean Energy Youth Apprenticeship Pilot and the Halifax Lighthouse Solar Camp. Cooper also met with partners, including Balu Gokaraju, Ph.D., an associate professor and principal investigator leading this the team from A&T’s College of Engineering.

N.C. A&T Center of Excellence, Partners to Launch Cybersecurity Hub for Women

04/23/2021 in Research and Economic Development

The Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity Research, Outreach and Education (CREO) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will virtually launch its Cybersecurity Forensic Hub for Women on Monday, April 26 at 4 p.m. This launch comes on the heels of INTERPOL’s commitment to join forces with the Coalition Against Stalkerware in addressing the increase in domestic violence and technology abuse cases during the COVID-19 lockdown.

N.C. A&T’s Center of Excellence Recognizes Women Faculty in Manufacturing, Launches Academy

04/09/2021 in Research and Economic Development

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women made up approximately 29 percent of the manufacturing workforce in 2020. Data show this trend has been consistent over the last five decades, seeing a peak at 33 percent in 1990. The Center of Excellence in Product Design and Manufacturing (CEPDAM) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University recently launched a new academy to recognize and further enhance support of women faculty and students in the field.

N.C. A&T Bioengineering Researcher Aims to Develop Mini-brain in Fight against Alzheimer’s Disease

03/02/2021 in Research and Economic Development, College of Engineering

Yeoheung Yun, Ph.D., a bioengineering professor at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, was awarded $1.43 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a functional mini-brain model in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease (AD). According to the Alzheimer’s Association, AD affects more than 6 million Americans and is the most common cause of dementia.

N.C. A&T Receives $1M to Fight COVID-19

06/11/2020 in Research and Economic Development

The UNC Board of Governors announced it will partner with the N.C. Policy Collaboratory at UNC-Chapel Hill to award $1 million in COVID-19 funding to each of the UNC System’s six historically minority-serving institutions, including North Carolina Technical and Agricultural State University.

Seven N.C. A&T Faculty Members Honored for Outstanding Research Contributions

06/05/2020 in Research and Economic Development

The Division of Research and Economic Development (DORED) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University recognized seven faculty members for research contributions to their respective fields. A panel of 15 faculty members considered 29 researchers and selected winners based on rigorous criteria. The winners will receive stipends and plaques to recognize their achievements.

N.C. A&T Announces Centers of Excellence Scholars

02/17/2020 in Research and Economic Development

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University announced Steven D. Cook ’82 ’85 has been named a scholar-in-residence at the Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity Research, Education, and Outreach (CREO) and Sandra K. Johnson, Ph.D., has been named a visiting scholar at the Center of Excellence in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and CREO.

N.C. A&T Patent Improves the Detection of Defects in Aircraft

02/17/2020 in Research and Economic Development, College of Engineering

A new patent from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will improve nondestructive evaluation methods for subsurface aircraft defects. The patent, “Normalized Defect Characterization of Pulse Thermographic Nondestructive Evaluation,” was awarded to mechanical engineering professor Mannur J. Sundaresan, Ph.D., and his former advisee, Letchuman Sripragash, Ph.D.

N.C. A&T Names Clemson Research Official Vice Chancellor for Research, Economic Development

12/18/2019 in Research and Economic Development

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has named a Clemson University administrator and researcher its new vice chancellor for Research and Economic Development. Eric Muth, Ph.D., is associate dean for research and graduate studies and a professor of psychology at Clemson. During his tenure as associate dean, he also served as chair of the university’s Intellectual Property and Conflict of Interest committees.