Martin Administration claim North Carolina A&T Creates Three Centers of Excellence (cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing, and entrepreneurship and innovation.; Interim Directors Named. Stealing A&T's Praise NC A&T Created Center of Excellence in cybersecurity in 2009, Center for Advanced Materials in 2002 and Center for Entrepreneurship in 2002.
 

Source : UNC Centers and Institutes 2  Revised 8/22/2016
 
The Completive Edge: North Carolina A&T State University is again expanding its graduate-level cybersecurity program.  
 
David Arneke  
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"Job opportunities are abundant; the White House cites estimates of the demand for cybersecurity workers growing 12 times faster than the overall job market"

N.C. A&T will work with 12 other historically black colleges and universities and two national laboratories to dramatically grow the workforce of professionals, researchers and academics prepared to lead the nationís defense against cyber attacks.
The project will be funded by the federal Cybersecurity Workforce Pipeline Consortium, a program to spark interest N.C. A&T will work with 12 other historically black colleges and universities and two national laboratories to dramatically grow the workforce of professionals, researchers and academics prepared to lead the nationís defense against cyber attacks. The project will be funded by the federal Cybersecurity Workforce Pipeline Consortium, a program to spark interest
in cybersecurity in students from elementary school to graduate school. The $25 million, five-year program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and its National Nuclear Security Administration. A&T will be involved at the masterís and doctorate levels. Graduates from the other colleges and universities will study and conduct research at A&T. Research will focus on cyber-identity protection and privacy in addition to cybersecurity in general. Link  


Cross Campus Collaboration Nets N.C. A&T $7.5 Million Contract with U.S. Dept. of Labor   Joy Cook
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The Division of Research and Economic Development (DORED) at North Carolina A&T State University in conjunction with Lead   Principal  Investigator  Dr. Cameron Seay, in the College of Science and Technology, has secured a federal contract through the U.S.  Department of Labor.
 
The five-year contract, with a value of $7.5 million, will be utilized to increase the numbers of underrepresented minorities and women in science,  technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related fields. The contract will focus specifically on information technology as it relates to talent development for mainframe computers, on which the global economy depends.  The term ďmainframe computerĒ is usually associated with the IBM Corporation. With the advent and wide availability of micro-computing in the 1980s and beyond, mainframes were targeted for extinction because of their immense size and cost.  While smaller computers with tremendous power have indeed revolutionized information technology, the heaviest input/output functions such as transaction processing, airline reservations and cellular signal routing are still left to the heavy lifters: mainframe computers. Although these big workhorses still play a vital role in the technology spectrum, the United States.

Research Update Dr. Barry L. Burks Feb 16, 2018

NC A&T Students & Federal Research pay the freight at NC A&T not alleged Business and industry leaders

NC A&T received $92 million in State Appropriation constituting three tenths of  one percent of the approx. $3 billion dollar UNC Board of Governors annual appropriation. NC A&T attract $77 million dollars in tuition revenue and $63 million dollars in Sponsored Research in  2017- 2018, for a return of  $1.5 dollars for every dollar of  State appropriations.

 
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has created three new Centers of Excellence in    cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing, and entrepreneurship and innovation.
Todd Simmons  2/12/2019
EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Feb. 12, 2019) Ė As an outgrowth of its recently updated strategic plan and commitment to outstanding quality in research, teaching, and community engagement. North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has created three new Centers of Excellence in cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing, and entrepreneurship and innovation. Interim directors have been named and are set to begin developing strategic plans and building the initial infrastructure for each center.

The centers will provide exemplary leadership in research, academic programming and community outreach, consistent with the universityís land-grant mission.
The interim directors will establish interdisciplinary faculty advisory committees and external advisory committees, initiate discussions with business and industry leaders and plans for sustaining the centers for the long term. They will also assist with hiring of permanent directors and initiate strategic planning.
 

Interim directors have been named and are set to begin developing strategic plans and building the initial infrastructure for each center.

The centers will provide exemplary leadership in research, academic programming and community outreach, consistent with the universityís land-grant mission. The interim directors will establish interdisciplinary faculty advisory committees and external advisory committees, initiate discussions with business and industry leaders and plans for sustaining the centers for the long term. They will also assist with hiring of permanent directors and initiate strategic planning.

The new interim directors are as follows:

Tonya Smith-Jackson, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at N.C. A&T and has recently completed an assignment as program director at the National Science Foundation in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate (CISE). She will serve as interim director of the Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity.

Smith-Jackson earned her doctorate in psychology/ergonomics and masterís in interdisciplinary psychology/ergonomics and industrial engineering from North Carolina State University. She holds a bachelorís degree in psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is also a graduate of the inaugural class of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.

She is director of the Human Factors Analytics Lab, former director of the Center for Advanced Studies in Identity Sciences, and co-director of the laboratory for Cyber-Human Analytics Research for the Internet of Things (CHARIoT). She is a fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and a member of several other professional societies.

Her current research focuses on cyber-human systems, fairness and equity in intelligent systems, cognitive ergonomics, and mixed data modeling to design systems that advance inclusion and equity in sociotechnical systems and cyber-ecosystems. She has written, edited or collaborated on more than 160 peer-reviewed publications and has attracted $16.4 million in external research funding over her career.

Smith-Jackson has been employed in the tech industry, the U.S. government and in academia in North Carolina, New York, Virginia and Germany.

Ajit D. Kelkar, Ph.D., is a professor and chair of the Department of Nanoengineering in the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering shared between. For the past 25 years, he has been working in the area of low-cost fabrication, processing and performance evaluation and modeling of polymeric and ceramic matrix composites. He will serve as interim director of the Center of Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing.

Kelkar has worked with several federal laboratories in the areas of fatigue, impact and finite element modeling of woven composites, including the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, NASA-Langley Research Center, National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, Federal Aviation Administration and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is currently involved in the development of nano-engineered multifunctional materials and electro-spun fiber materials for aerospace and automotive applications. He has published over 250 papers and edited two books in the area of nanotechnology. He has been awarded three patents and has filed for 12 invention disclosures.

Kelkar is the recipient of numerous awards including the Senior Researcher Award and the Intellectual Property Award at A&T, and the BEYA STEM Innovation Award. He is a fellow of Maharashtra Academy of Science in India. He serves on editorial board of three journals in nanotechnology disciplines and is a member of several professional societies.

He holds a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from Old Dominion University, a M.S. in engineering from South Dakota State University and a B.S. in engineering from Pune University in India.

Thaddeus McEwen, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Management in the College of Business and Economics, where he has also served as the coordinator of the entrepreneurship program for many years. He will serveas interim director of the Center of Excellence in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Under his leadership, the entrepreneurship program has grown from one course, educating 12 students per year, to the current program that includes an entrepreneurship concentration for management majors, as well as a certificate and a minor in entrepreneurship, available to all majors on campus. He also developed various initiatives, including the Aggie Venture Accelerator, the Faculty Fellows in Entrepreneurship program, and the Aggie Student Incubator.

He is a former vice president of the Women and Minority Entrepreneurship Division of the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. His research publications include papers on environmental and STEM entrepreneur ship and entrepreneurship teaching and learning.

McEwen is a member of the Launch Greensboro Advisory Board and served as chair of the Organizing Committee for the 2017 Triad Startup Weekend. Other outreach activities include collaboration with East Greensboro Now, Greensboro SCORE, the North Carolina Small Business Technology and Development Center and other Piedmont Triad groups.

He received his masterís and doctorate from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and his bachelorís degree from the University of Technology in Jamaica.