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North Carolina A&T State University selected as a host institution for Brazilian students participating in the Brazil Science without Borders program
High school students see the pulsed laser deposition system in an ERC laboratory  NC A&T Photo
The U.S. State Department reports that last year, President Obama and Brazilian President Rousseff, “set complementary goals for international education.  A&T
will receive three students beginning spring semester who will be studying industrial engineering. The program is part of  the Brazilian government’s initiative to send 100,000 undergraduate Brazilian students to study STEM disciplines for two semesters at U.S. universities beginning in spring 2012. Students will return to their home universities in Brazil to complete their degrees.  US State
rst Lady Michelle Obama has been tapped to deliver the address for North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s spring commencement, Saturday, May 12, at the Greensboro Coliseum.   Click To View Video
In 2003-04, with the backbone of North Carolina's industrial economy Tobacco, Textiles, and Furniture in recession and appropriations for UNC-System taking an ever increasing multi-billion dollar bite out of state's coffers, North Carolina's Legislature thru House Bill 1264 (HB 1264) direct UNC-BOG to contract a private consulting firm that had experience in higher education to conduct a comprehensive study (HB 1264 Study) of the mission and educational program needs to ensure that the State's citizens are academically prepared and equipped for current job opportunities and jobs of the future in North Carolina's growing knowledge economy. HB 1264 Study was
designed to provide information and recommendations that would assist the General Assembly in setting priorities for funding to address the strategic higher education needs of the State. Staying a step ahead stated North Carolina A&T State University is well positioned to grow programs in some of the areas identified as emerging industries, citing Objective 2.2: Increase access to University intellectual property and resources (faculty, students, research. Create market-oriented university research clusters to better communicate research programs. [3]

Identified Emerging Markets [4]

[4][ examples of research clusters created by NC A&T are the following:
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Advanced Materials, including Chemicals, Plastics and Nanotechnology
  • Biotechnology and Pharmacology
  • Computing, Software and the Internet
  • Design and Arts
  • Logistics and Distribution
  • Public Health
  • Biotechnology, Bio & Food Sciences
  • Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology
  • Computational Science & Engineering
  • Leadership & Community Development
  • Information Sciences & Technology
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Energy & Environment]

NC A&T is a Global  Players in Nanotechnology  & Biotechnology  

HB 1264(6) recognized the Historic significance of  Historical Minority   Institutions (HMI), ordered the University to formulate signature programs at them and not to diminish their role.  The study stated " “Signature programs” have been defined as those that are distinctive, that build on existing  strengths, that  advance the institution’s  profile, and that serve regional and/or state economic transformation  needs." Study identified as an emerging area Advanced Materials -- Nanotechnology.

NC A&T is "well known in areas such as advanced materials, nanotechnology, computational science,  and says N.  Radhakrishnan, former  for research and economic development at N.C. A&T. The school also has significant strengths in other areas, including biotechnology, energy and the environment,  information  sciences and technology,   logistics and  transportation   development.
All  these  endeavors are aligned in eight  research clusters that bring  faculty together across disciplines to   develop large research projects. These research clusters run in parallel with a number of multidisciplinary centers and institutes at N.C. A&T, which develop partnerships with private and corporate sponsors, educational institutions, and government agencies. This includes two US Army Centers of Excellence that are working on projects to enhance the capabilities of soldiers on the battlefield.  [3]

"We're Not Following Any Path, We're Blazing A Trail"

"Almost all of the occupations which will be affected by nanotechnology will require a BS in engineering with a broad, interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary approach, and an understanding not only of electrical, mechanical and civil engineering, but biology, physics and chemistry as well ".
In 2006 in the category of Doctorial Granting  Universities NC A&T was rated as a High Research University in the Carnegie Foundation classification of colleges  and universities.  NC A&T the largest producers of  BS. and PhD minority engineers in the country, offers approved  master's degrees in  Civil  
University Centers/Institutes Focusing on Nanotechnology, A Roadmap for Nanotechnology in North Carolina’s 21st Century Economy, APRIL 2006, NC Board of Science & Technology  
Engineering, Chemistry,  Biology,   Industrial Systems & Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Computational Science and Engineering, as well as doctoral degrees in Energy and Environmental Systems
PCG/UNC-NCCCS/UNC Interim report 3.doc/RB.SP.PC.CR.ATPCC.1/CC.14/10May05 (34)

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools  (NC A&T)

Engineering, computational Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Nano scale Technologies are Experimental

   In 2011 HMI North Carolina A&T for the 7th consecutive year  garnered the third largest  highest amount of sponsored research in 17 constituent UNC system surpassed only by UNC flag ships UNC-Chapel Hill and NC A&T  holds patents in Advanced Materials, Nanotechnology,
 Biotechnology, Computational Science, Environmental Sciences,  Transportation Systems, and Public Health,  for  seventh consecutive year achieved  the third highest  research funding in the 16-constituent University of North Carolina  System with  over  $60 million dollars.

North Carolina A&T Nano Centers

  • Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures
  • Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems
  • Engineering Research Center for Revolutionalizing Metallic Biomaterials
  • Center for Nanoscience and Nanomaterials

UNC at Greensboro Nanoscience  Centers

  • Center of Research Excellence in Nanobiosciences

Source: North Carolina Board of Science and Technology

NC A&T Sponsored Research 2001 - 2011

NCA&T State University has been funded at an average rate of $3-5 million per year in the area of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Most of the research in nanoengineering is done in the Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures (CAMSS). Several Centers and projects are under CAMSS, including the NSF Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST), the DoD Center for Nanoscience, Nanomaterials and Multifunctional Materials (CNN) for Homeland Security, the NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC), the NSF project on US/Europe Materials Collaboration: Self-Organized Nanostructured Thin Films for Catalysis, the NSF project on Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NIRT), the NSF Major Research Instrumentation for Nanoengineering Research, and the NSF Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) program. CAMSS also facilitates many of the materials research activities of the NASA-National Institute for Aerospace (NIA). In addition, the Center for Composite Materials Research (CCMR) does research in nano-enhanced composite materials and the Army Center of Excellence for Battlefield Capability Enhancements (Flexible Displays) does research in material characterization and development of novel displays. [ ]

NC A&T is a Global  Players in Nanotechnology  & Biotechnology  

With the millions of federal dollars flowing to this center, what [ we] can do to increase the economic opportunities in Guilford County, the Triad and in the state of  North Carolina is truly phenomenal," said Erskine Bowles , president of the UNC system. [A&T lands prized NSF center][31].
N.C. A&T Awarded NSF Engineering Research Center
Shena Crittendon,
Greensboro – North Carolina A&T State University has been awarded a grant for an Engineering Research Center (ERC) from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Engineering Research Center grants represent major investments by NSF in partnership with industry to transform engineering research and education.  The centers aim to produce innovative technologies and engineering graduates to significantly enhance the competitiveness of the U.S. economy.  Award funding has been approved at $18 million for the initial five years, with a potential duration of 10 years.
The NSF ERC for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials at A&T will conduct research in the areas of biomedical engineering and nano-bio applications and is in partnership with the Universities of Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. It also has a global technical partner in Germany’s Hannover School of Medicine and a global cultural and outreach partner in the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India. California State University at Los Angeles will serve as an outreach partner in the USA. The ERC has partnerships with pre-college institutions in North Carolina to involve teachers and students in engineering; it has partnerships with a broad range of North Carolina organizations devoted to entrepreneurship and small business development. A&T’s ERC will be led by Dr. Jagannathan Sankar, professor of engineering. Dr. William Wagner from the University of Pittsburgh and Dr. Mark Schulz from the University of Cincinnati will serve as co-directors. Dr. Devdas Pai, professor of engineering at A&T, will lead educational aspects of the ERC. The ERC research will focus on three engineered systems: Craniofacial and Orthopedic Applications; Cardiovascular Devices; and Responsive Biosensors for Implants. The ERC will introduce new metallic materials, devices, and systems that have the potential to exhibit all the
necessary attributes of an ideal foundation or “scaffold” and that promise to completely transform the field of regenerative medicine. Similarly, innovative metallic materials will be introduced as stents in the treatment of cardiovascular problems. Nano sensors will be developed to study the efficacy of these devices as part of this research. More than eight companies will be associated with the ERC to provide input for the direction of research as well as a conduit to transfer the technology to the real world.   NC A&T will also start a new department of bioengineering in conjunction with this ERC. The department will
NC A&T State University Researcher Receives UNC Board of Governors’ Highest Faculty Honor
Joni Worthington
Jagannathan Sankar, Distinguished University Professor of mechanical andchemical engineering and White House  Millennium Researcher at at North Carolina Agricultural &Technical State University, received the O. Max Gardner Award today
Hector Carmona, California State University, Dr. Jag Sankar, Director of the Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials and Leon White, N.C. A&TT
NCA&T Photo: From left: Faculty advisor Vernal Alford and Young Scholars Shira Chandler, Dondre McCaskill, Brianna Hargett, Aditya Badve, Ephraim Bililign and Aditya Garg
High school students see the pulsed laser deposition

North Carolina A&T State University was selected as a host institution for Brazilian students participating in the Brazil Science without Borders program. The U.S. State Department reports that last year, President Obama and Brazilian President Rousseff, “set complementary goals for international education. President Obama announced the “100,000 Strong for the Americas” initiative to increase international study with a target of 100,000 students from Latin America and the Caribbean studying [in the] United States, and a reciprocal 100,000 students from the United States studying in the Latin American and the Caribbean region.”

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