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N.C. A&T Celebrates N.C. Clean Energy Program Participants with State Agency, Industry Leaders

08/02/2022 in Research and Economic Development, College of Engineering

State agency leaders and industry partners are celebrating 40 high school and 20 college students’ completion of the 2022 N.C. Clean Energy pre-apprenticeship and internship program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. The program – the first of its kind in the nation – is committed to equipping the next generation of potential clean energy talent with professional training and skills development in various topics, including solar panel installation, renewable energy, HVAC and architectural design.

University Galleries to Host Historian’s Discussion on Preserving African American History and Culture

07/22/2022 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The University Galleries at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will host a virtual program, “The Role and Importance of Preserving African American History and Culture,” on Wednesday, July 27, at noon. Brea Johnson, public historian and manuscripts librarian for the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University, will delve into the world of preservation and careers in the field of public history.

N.C. A&T’s Holloway Named Chair-Elect of NACUA

07/18/2022 in Academic Affairs

Melissa J. Holloway, J.D., North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Division of Legal Affairs, Risk and Compliance (DLARC) vice chancellor and general counsel, has been named chair-elect of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) for 2022-23.

N.C. A&T Works with Guilford County Schools to Build Community Education Center

07/13/2022 in Academic Affairs

Guilford County Schools (GCS) Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Chancellor Harold A. Martin Sr. are pleased to announce that the district and the university are working with Gateway Research Park Inc., a joint venture partnership of North Carolina A&T and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, to build a Community Education Center.

N.C. A&T, UNC-CH Receive $2.3M Grant from American Heart Association

07/12/2022 in College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences

A team from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been awarded a four-year, $2.3 million grant from the American Heart Association to study ways to improve outcomes among women who are more likely to experience pregnancy complications because of poor heart health.

N.C. A&T Holds 2022 Employee Recognition Ceremony

06/30/2022 in Human Resources

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University recognized SHRA and EHRA non-faculty employees June 9 during its 2022 Employee Recognition Award Ceremony, where 41 employees nominated for excellence in the categories of Aggie Pride, customer service, leadership, performance and teamwork were honored.

N.C. A&T’s Black Named Rhoden Fellow for ESPN’s HBCU Journalism Training Initiative

06/17/2022 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Alexis Black, an honors senior multimedia journalism student at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, has been named to the sixth class of Rhoden Fellows. The program is a training initiative for aspiring journalists from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in partnership with Andscape, a “reimagination, expansion and diversification of The Underfeated’s former platform.” Black is A&T’s fourth fellow, following Alexis Davis, East Dockery and Donovan Dooley’s participation in 2021, 2019 and 2018, respectively. She will join five cohort members from Alabama State University, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University and Xavier University.

University Galleries to Host Noted African American Artist and Gallery Owner to Discuss the Importance of African American Art Galleries

06/15/2022 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The University Galleries at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will host a virtual program, “The Role and Importance of Black Art Gallery Owners” Wednesday, June 22, at noon. Artist Jason Franklin will delve into the world of African American art gallery ownership and its importance to artists of color.

N.C. A&T’s Ross Selected for HBCU National Center Class of Summer 2022

05/31/2022 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The HBCU National Center selected Sydney Ross, a rising senior multimedia journalism major at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, to participate in its Class of Summer 2022 cohort. The HBCU National Center program was “established by the Honorable Jacqueline M. Lewis to foster experiential learning, mentorship, and networking” and aims to help make internship housing in Washington, D.C. affordable for students at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Ross will intern in the nation’s capital this summer with the Black-owned network launched by renowned journalist and commentator Roland S. Martin.

N.C. A&T’s Holloway Chosen for AASCU’s 2022 Millennium Leadership Initiative

05/19/2022 in Employees

Melissa J. Holloway, J.D., North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Division of Legal Affairs, Risk and Compliance (DLARC) vice chancellor and general counsel, is among 22 outstanding, senior-level higher education professionals chosen to participate in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) 2022 Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI).

N.C. A&T, Chemours Establish Partnership to Enhance Research Opportunities for Faculty, Students

04/28/2022 in Research and Economic Development, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Science and Technology, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and The Chemours Company have agreed to partner over the next three years to enhance research, educational and coaching opportunities for faculty and graduate students in areas related to chemistry and chemical engineering.

Biden Appoints N.C. A&T Alumni to President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs

04/05/2022 in Alumni

President Biden has announced his intent to appoint 18 qualified and diverse leaders – including North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University alumni Willie A. Deese ‘77 and Janeen Uzzell ‘90 – to the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

University Galleries to Host Bias to Discuss History of African American Furniture Making and Design

03/23/2022 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The University Galleries at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will host an in-person program on the “History of African American Furniture Making and Design” on Wednesday, March 30, at noon. The discussion will feature renowned artist and furniture maker Jerome Bias and will delve into the work of African American artisans and how their talent has impacted history and design. 

N.C. A&T Names Student Health Center for Blount

03/16/2022 in Alumni

The Alvin V. Blount Jr. Student Health Center signage was unveiled during a March 11 ceremony attended by members of Blount’s family and about 100 North Carolina A&T and community dignitaries, including representatives of Cone Health.

N.C. A&T Alumna Joi Carter Recipient of BEYA’s Modern-Day Technology Leader Award

03/16/2022 in Alumni, College of Engineering

Joi Carter ’14, a North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University alumna and senior principal systems engineer at Northrop Grumman, was recently recognized during the annual Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) STEM conference as a 2022 Modern-Day Technology Leader awardee. The honor, BEYA notes, recognizes the “bright people who are shaping the future of engineering, science and technology” in the workforce.

N.C. A&T’s Theatre Arts Program Presents “A Night at the Living Museum: A Tour of Black History”

03/07/2022 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Beginning March 17, the Theatre Arts Program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will present “A Night at the Living Museum: A Tour of Black History.” Audience members will take a living history tour led by a historical specialist and see living legends come to life whose contributions to society have shaped entertainment, politics, literature and civil rights.

N.C. A&T, Partners to Incorporate Drone Data to Inform and Improve Flood Response

12/17/2021 in Research and Economic Development, College of Science and Technology

Leila Hashemi Beni, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Built Environment at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, will lead a project to address gaps in flood extent mapping capabilities by incorporating data gathered by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, and implementing deep learning models. She will contribute data science expertise and collaborate with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA).

N.C. A&T’s Computational Data Science and Engineering Faculty Member Awarded Second Patent

12/14/2021 in Research and Economic Development, College of Engineering

Hyoshin “John” Park, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Computational and Data Science at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, has been awarded his second patent, “System and Method for Predicting Effects of Forward Glance Durations on Latent Hazard Detection.” Recently, Park received his first patent for a cost-effective solution to reduce traffic congestion.

N.C. A&T to Name Track for Johnson

11/19/2021 in Athletics

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is naming its track at Truist Stadium for entrepreneur Marcus T. Johnson in recognition of his philanthropic contributions that directly benefit students of color and support of minority-owned and -operated nonprofits.

N.C. A&T to Host Virtual Presentation by “Just Mercy” Author Stevenson

11/10/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s Text-in-Community Program (TIC) will host a virtual presentation by Bryan Stevenson, author of the campus read for the 2021-22 academic year, “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m. Stevenson’s presentation, “Race, Poverty and the Criminal Justice System in America,” is free and open to the public.

University Galleries to Host Photographic Artist Kennedi Carter to Discuss Art and Media

10/18/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The University Galleries at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will host a virtual program, “Art and Media: A Conversation with Kennedi Carter,” Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m. The inaugural “1900 Lecture” discussion will feature Carter, a renowned photographer and artist who will delve into the intersection of art, fashion and media. Noted actress and author Angela Ray will moderate the discussion.

University Galleries, N.C. Museum of History to Host Costume Exhibition, “Made Especially for You by Willie Kay”

10/15/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

For nearly six decades, Willie Otey Kay transformed dreams into dresses for generations of Tar Heel brides, debutantes and partygoers. The esteemed Raleigh, North Carolina, designer overcame hardship and transcended racial boundaries to create a successful business. Discover the woman behind the fashion in the exhibit “Made Especially for You by Willie Kay,” at the University Galleries at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. The exhibit will run through Dec. 1, 2021.

University Galleries Hosts Virtual Exhibition, “Songs from the Motherland: African Musical Instruments”

10/08/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The University Galleries at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University are hosting a virtual exhibition, “Songs from the Motherland: African Musical Instruments." The virtual exhibit, from North Carolina A&T’s permanent collection, highlights nine unique and significant African instruments. The exhibit is curated by Amy Schwartzott, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

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.

N.C. A&T’s Theatre Arts Program Presents “Pretty Fire”

10/06/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Beginning Oct. 21, the Theatre Arts program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will present Charlayne Woodard’s autobiographical “Pretty Fire,” a powerful play that embraces and ignites childhood memories. From a favorite rain slicker to Mom's great big breakfasts, to the first day at a new school, everyone has stories about being young and the events and people that shaped who they would become.

Two N.C. A&T Campus Buildings to be Named for Notable Alumni

09/24/2021

The N.C. A&T Board of Trustees (BOT) voted to name two iconic campus buildings after alumna and former chairwoman of the N.C. A&T Board of Trustees, Velma Speight and alumnus and past College of Engineering Dean Joseph Monroe, respectively.

Dr. Alvin V. Blount Jr. to be Honored by NBCAHOF for N.C. A&T

09/24/2021 in Alumni

The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation will host its annual hall of fame induction ceremony virtually at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 24. Among this year’s stellar class of honorees representing North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is the late and well-respected, Dr. Alvin V. Blount, Jr.

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 Alum, National Award-Winning Scholar Named Frye Distinguished Professor

09/16/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University recently announced Jelani M. Favors Ph.D., ‘97, author of the national award-winning and highly acclaimed book “Shelter in a Time of Storm: How Black Colleges Fostered Generations of Leadership and Activism,” has joined the faculty as the Henry E. Frye Distinguished Professor.

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’s Dockery Selected for NBCUniversal Tokyo Olympics Internship

07/22/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

East Dockery, a senior multimedia journalism student at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, has been tapped by NBCUniversal to serve as one of 16 traveling interns for the Tokyo Summer Olympics internship program. NBCUniversal also hired 57 at-home interns, overall representing 26 universities. North Carolina A&T is one of several HBCUs represented, including Howard University, and is joined by North Carolina State and Elon University as North Carolina-based campuses.

N.C. A&T’s Davis Named a Rhoden Fellow for ESPN’s The Undefeated

07/22/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Alexis Davis, a senior multimedia journalism student at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, was selected to participate in ESPN’s The Undefeated fifth class of Rhoden Fellows along with five peers from historically Black colleges and universities. The fellowship, a year-long sports journalism training program, provides HBCU undergraduate students with opportunities to cover general and sport-related news for their respective campuses. Davis is A&T’s third fellow, following East Dockery and Donovan Dooley’s participation in 2019 and 2018, respectively

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 Students Selected for HistoryMakers Student Brand Ambassadors Program

07/07/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

After a competitive application process, two juniors from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University are making history of their own as recruits for the 2021-22 HistoryMakers Student Brand Ambassador Program. Jonezie Cobb, a political science student, and Theresa Davis-Nathaniel, a political science and elementary education student, join 22 peers from seventeen colleges and universities as official representatives of The HistoryMakers Digital Archives–the nation’s largest African American video oral history collection.

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 Library Awarded LSTA Grants for Makerspace, Student Learning

06/24/2021 in Students, Library

F.D. Bluford Library has been awarded a $50,000 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant to create the Bluford Maker Lab: Design Your Future and a $93,704 LSTA grant to launch a program where students will create instructional videos on topics relevant to information literacy and research under the direction of the library.

N.C. A&T Aggie Autonomous Team Completes Four-Year Competition

06/18/2021 in College of Engineering

This past week, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s Aggie Autonomous Auto (A3) team completed the four-year Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) AutoDrive Challenge in Mcity, Michigan. Throughout the four-year competition, the team converted a standard electric vehicle to level-four autonomy. The team’s success earned N.C. A&T a spot to compete in Phase II of the SAE AutoDrive challenge.

N.C. A&T Names Martin Interim COAACH Director

04/30/2021

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has named Patrick McPhail Martin, Ph.D., as the new interim director of the Center for Outreach in Alzheimer's, Aging and Community Health (COAACH).

Record $181.4M Raised Through Campaign for North Carolina A&T

04/30/2021 in Academic Affairs

Bolstered by record alumni giving and 35 corporate and individual donations in excess of $1 million – including a historic $45 million gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University raised a record $181.4 million in its recently completed eight-year capital campaign.

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.

Aggies Win National 32nd Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

04/21/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Health and Human Sciences

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University emerged as the national champions of the 32nd annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), with a 70-point lead against Florida A&M. This is the first year the university has laid claim to the title and will receive a $75,000 institutional grant in addition to the championship trophy.

N.C. A&T Advances to Final Four in 32nd Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

04/19/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Health and Human Sciences

An exceptional team representing North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is advancing to the final four round of the 32nd annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) following its win against Oakwood University. A&T joins Alabama A&M, Florida A&M and Morehouse University as this year’s semi-finalists and will compete virtually today at 6 p.m.

Fifth College of Engineering Hackathon Inspires Innovative Solutions to Complex Corporate Challenges

04/12/2021 in College of Engineering, College of Science and Technology

Not even a pandemic could hinder the talent at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University during the College of Engineering’s fifth hackathon, and second held virtually. One of the spring semester’s marquee events, HACKNCAT The Remix, boasted 22 teams consisting of over 100 competitors from the College of Engineering and College of Science and Technology, representing six undergraduate programs.

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.

University Galleries to Host Artist-Activists to Discuss the Intersection of Art and Social Justice

03/25/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The University Galleries at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University will host a virtual program, “African American Women as Artists and Activists” on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 6 p.m. The discussion will feature artists Sunny Gravely Foushee and Virginia Holmes and will delve into the impact that art with a social justice theme is becoming a major component for today’s movements including Black Lives Matter. Noted actress and author Angela Ray will moderate the discussion.

N.C. A&T Alumnus Brings Coming 2 America Set to Life with Fashion

03/24/2021 in Alumni

On March 5, the world was reintroduced to Zamunda with the premiere of “Coming 2 America” on Amazon Prime. Fans from all generations gathered together at home to enjoy this anticipated comedy and many were captivated by the fashion and the esthetics of the set that gave us a front-row seat to the continent of Africa. The behind the scenes work that brought these intriguing visuals to life was due to our very own, James “Jimmy” Hawkins, who is a costume designer that worked as a fitter on the set of the movie.

University Galleries to Host In-Person Exhibition, “Freedom Ship: The Works of Curtis James”

03/19/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The University Galleries at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will open its in-person exhibition, “Freedom Ship: The Works of Curtis James” on April 1, 2021 to run until June 30, 2021. The exhibition features 18 works by James that illustrate the 2006 children’s book, “Freedom Ship” by Doreen Rappaport. The story is based on the life of Robert Smalls, an escaped slave who piloted the slave ship, Planter, carrying other escaped slaves to freedom past the confederate battleships in Charleston, South Carolina. The exhibition was made possible through the generous art donation by Texas businessman Arthur Primas, who donated 35 works of art, including works by James and Bryan Collier.

N.C. A&T Journalism Students Apply Storytelling Skills to Curb Spread of Coronavirus

03/12/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

As the global community marked the anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a pandemic, students in their first semester multimedia storytelling course at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University produced a series of audio public service announcements designed to persuade their peers across campus to continue wearing masks, frequently washing hands and social distancing.

N.C. A&T Mechanical Engineering Senior Recognized as 2021 Namaskar Winner

03/12/2021 in College of Engineering

From the corridors of McNair Hall pre-pandemic, to the screens on Zoom, mechanical engineering senior Joshua Burnell is known as a student leader at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University who has strived to positively impact his department, college and university throughout his undergraduate academic career. During the celebration of National Engineers Week at A&T’s College of Engineering (COE), Burnell was selected as the 2021 Namaskar winner for his leadership, professionalism and his level of academic success. COE awards this distinction annually to a graduating senior, highlighting the importance of excellence in engineering and to encourage students to strive for excellence in their endeavors.

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.

A&T Alumnus Sanders Selected as Target HBCU Design Challenge Winner

02/26/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

KeShawn Sanders, an alumnus of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, was selected as one of three inaugural first place winners of Target’s HBCU Black History Month Design Challenge. He received a $1,500 cash prize, an Apple MacBook Pro, the opportunity to engage Target senior design leaders, an Adobe Creative Cloud two-year membership as well as his winning design featured on T-shirts and tote bags available for purchase on Target’s Black Beyond Measure website.

Sixty-One Years Later, N.C. A&T Continues Honoring A&T Four for Igniting Sit-In Movement

01/26/2021 in Student Affairs, Alumni, College of Science and Technology, Physics

More than six decades ago, four N.C. A&T students took bold, non-violent steps against segregation and sat down at a whites-only Woolworth’s lunch Counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, sparking a national movement. On Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, at noon, the university will commemorate their courageous acts through a virtual tribute: “It’s About Us.”

N.C. A&T Partners with NBCUniversal News Group in Newly-Launched, Nationwide Journalism Academy

01/14/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is joining NBC Universal News Group and 16 academic institutions across the nation in the newly-launched NBCU Academy, a journalism training and development program for four-year university and community college students. NBCUniversal News Group announced the $6.5 million, multi-year partnership today, enhancing its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by creating pathways for storytellers in underrepresented groups.

N.C. A&T College of Engineering Department Changes Name, Expands Curriculum

12/28/2020 in College of Engineering

The newly renamed Department of Computational Data Science and Engineering (CDSE) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is changing more than just its name. The updated master’s program, now called Data Science and Engineering, and the updated doctoral program, Computational Data Science and Engineering, both offer new courses and focuses relevant to the future of engineering disciplines.

N.C. A&T Researchers Continue Development of Science Capital Assessment Tool for HBCU STEM Students

12/28/2020 in College of Science and Technology, Biology

According to a 2018 Pew Research Center analysis, Blacks represented only 9% of employees in STEM-related fields. One study has also shown that Black and Hispanic students either transfer or drop out of these programs at higher rates than white students. Researchers at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University are addressing these challenges by developing an assessment tool to measure historically Black colleges and universities students’ science capital and leverage the information to create strategies that enhance their motivation and retention in STEM.

N.C. A&T, Verizon Address Digital Divide through Virtual STEM Academy, Provide Equipment for Local Students

12/28/2020

The pandemic highlights disparities in access, including access to technology for young students who were thrust into remote learning. In response, leaders at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University established a virtual STEM academy for the summer and academic school year and provided laptops to 60 students at Allen Middle School after receiving a $50,000 COVID-19 relief grant from Verizon.

Addressing Diabetes-associated Health Disparities: A Wake-up Call Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

12/22/2020 in College of Health and Human Sciences

According to the Centers for Disease Control, adults living with diabetes are at an increased risk of experiencing severe illness or complications when exposed to COVID-19. The disease is the seventh leading cause of death in the country and disproportionately affects minority ethnic groups and economically disadvantaged populations. Type 2 diabetes is driven by the obesity crisis. Obesity prevalence is especially pronounced in many Southeastern states, including North Carolina. The North Carolina Diabetes Research Center (NCDRC), a consortium comprised of Wake Forest University, UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Duke University, hosted a successful virtual workshop for faculty members from academic research institutions in North Carolina and surrounding states during Diabetes Awareness Month. The focus of this year’s workshop was “Addressing Diabetes-related Health Disparities in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic.” N.C. A&T leads the NCDRC Enrichment Program, which organized the workshop.

Three N.C. A&T Colleges Partner to Establish ‘February One Scholars’ Program

12/21/2020 in Admissions, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Education, College of Health and Human Sciences

As part of philanthropist MacKenzie Scott’s historic donation to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, three of the university’s colleges have partnered to provide new full scholarships that will be available to eligible students starting next fall, delivering immediate impact for Scott’s visionary investment.

N.C. A&T’s COAACH shines a light on National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

11/24/2020

When President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983, fewer than two million Americans were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the time. Today, that number has soared to nearly six million people. This month aims to increase the general public’s understanding of the disease, the impact it has on the person directly affected and their caretakers, and highlight potential care options and best practices. The Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s, Aging and Community Health (COAACH) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is dedicated to providing support to African Americans and other vulnerable communities living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, along with educating them, their families and caregivers.

N.C. A&T Recognizes 11 Distinguished Alumni at Fall Convocation

10/30/2020 in Alumni, Students

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University celebrated its annual Fall Convocation program virtually Thursday, Oct. 29, via Zoom. During the program, Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. presented the state of the university and welcomed alumni to the “Greatest Homecoming on Earth” virtual celebration.

N.C. A&T Engineering Faculty Awarded $449K to Futurize Naval Communications Equipment

09/18/2020 in College of Engineering

A team of undergraduate, graduate and faculty researchers in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University won a highly competitive $449,052 grant from the Department of the Navy’s HBCU/MI program to collaborate with the Navy on improving radio frequency (RF) communication systems. The research will use gallium nitride (GaN) device technology to create smaller and more efficient solid state-based RF amplifiers.

N.C. A&T Receives IBM Quantum Research Center Designation, Joins Broader HBCU Education Initiative

09/17/2020 in College of Engineering, College of Science and Technology

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University joins IBM’s newly established collaboration today with 13 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to equip students pursuing quantum computing careers. The IBM-HBCU Quantum Center is a multi-year investment, and A&T’s proven strengths in ground-breaking STEM research and academic rigor resulted in the university’s selection and designation as one of five HBCU leading quantum research centers in the partnership.

N.C. A&T Receives $1M Gift from Bank of America

09/09/2020

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University received $1 million from Bank of America through the bank’s $1-billion commitment over the next four years to advance racial equality and economic opportunity.

Speaker Series at N.C. A&T to Feature Veteran CNN Anchor Discussing Power of Privilege

08/17/2020 in Chancellor’s Speaker Series

The Chancellor’s Speaker Series at N.C. A&T will hold its first of a three-part series for the semester. The initial conversation, “The Power of Privilege,” will feature veteran news anchor and correspondent, Don Lemon, moderated by alumna and sociologist, Destiny-Simone Ramjohn, Ph.D. The virtual event will take place, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, at 6 p.m., via ncatchancellorsspeakerseries.com.

CoST Chair Named Society of Fire Protection Engineers Fellow

08/04/2020 in College of Science and Technology, Applied Engineering Technology

Aixi Zhou, Ph.D., P.E., chair of the Department of Applied Engineering Technology at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, has been named a 2020 Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) Fellow. Zhou, an SFPE member since 2008, was selected along with only eight other members in recognition of their achievements in the field and outstanding contributions to society. Since its inception in 1950, the international organization has named only 322 fellows out of its 4,700 members.

N.C. A&T-led Team Awarded $238K to Address Barriers to STEM Workforce Diversity

07/22/2020 in College of Science and Technology

To learn more about the impact service learning, course-based research experiences (SL-CURE) can have on students, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded $238,214 to researchers in the College of Science and Technology (CoST) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. The funding will support a collaborative research project across multiple institutions to study a hybrid course designed to influence students from various disciplines and their perceptions, interests and motivations to pursue careers in STEM and research.

N.C. A&T Team Determines Method to Improve Shelf-Life of Peanuts

07/13/2020 in College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

A study led by Jianmei Yu, Ph.D., a research associate professor in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, evaluated whether the protease treatment of peanuts will have an impact on the oxidative stability during storage. Yu’s previous study showed this treatment was more effective than others in reducing the allergen content of peanuts.

N.C. A&T Researchers Receive $200K to Study Psychosocial Determinants of Successful Remote Learning

07/07/2020 in College of Health and Human Sciences

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a $200,000 grant to an interdisciplinary team at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University to study the psychosocial determinants of successful remote learning among students from N.C. A&T and other public HBCUs. The faculty team consists of investigators with complementary expertise: lead principal investigator Adrienne Aiken Morgan, Ph.D. (psychology), Anna Lee, Ph.D. (psychology), Stephanie Teixeira-Poit, Ph.D. (social work and sociology), Jeannette Wade, Ph.D. (social work and sociology), Smriti Shrestha, Ph.D. (statistician, nursing), and Christopher Doss, Ph.D. (electrical and computer engineering).

N.C. A&T College of Engineering Department Chair Honored with Two Awards

07/06/2020 in College of Engineering

Stephanie Luster-Teasley, Ph.D., chair of the civil architectural and environmental engineering department at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, received awards from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Michigan State University (MSU), where she earned her M.S. in chemical engineering and Ph.D. in environmental engineering. Luster-Teasley, an N.C. &T alumna, won the ASEE Environmental Division Service Award and was recognized by MSU with the 2020 Civil and Environmental Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award.

N.C. A&T Faculty Member Organizes International Workshop on Air Quality Decline in African Cities

06/22/2020 in College of Science and Technology

Solomon Bililign, Ph.D., a professor of physics at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, is the chair of a nine-person international committee for a three-day workshop on Pilot Design for Air Quality in Africa, which will be held at the University of Maryland College Park this fall. Experts from the U.S., Ethiopia and Europe will develop research methodology to better measure and understand sources and chemistry of pollutants in emerging African megacities like Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

N.C. A&T Hosts Online Development Workshops for Faculty

06/22/2020 in Academic Affairs

The Office of Undergraduate Research and the ADVANCE Institutional Transformation (IT) project at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University developed a two-part online workshop series for approximately 25 N.C. A&T and Elizabeth City State University faculty members. The series, “CURE-M: A Novel Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) Institute with Culturally Responsive Mentor CRM) Training,” was funded by a UNC System Undergraduate Research Program grant.