The College of Engineering is proud of its rich legacy of academic and research excellence and civic engagement. The College consists of the department of Chemical Bioloigcal and Bio Engineering; Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering; and the interdisciplinary Computational Science and Engineering program.
Together the College offers our corporate partners ample research and educational partnership opportunities, as well as a workforce source comprised of students and graduates of the ten bachelors, eight masters, and five doctoral level programs.
The College has consistently ranked No. 1 in the nation for the number of degrees awarded to African Americans at the undergraduate level for over 14 consecutive years and has been the leading producer of African American female engineers at the baccalaureate level in the U.S. for at least nine consecutive years.
Our faculty researchers attracted over $11 million in total annual research dollars during the 2013-2014 academic year. The College ranks No. 2 in annual research dollars among the four North Carolina public engineering schools.
In its seventh year, the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, directed by mechanical engineering professor Dr. Jag Sankar, conducts collaborative research in the areas of biomedical engineering and nano-bio applications in partnership with an international collaboration of universities. The ERC-RMB, with industrial board member company NanoMAG Thixomat, was recently awarded a two year SECO grant of $200,000, one of only five funded by the National Science Foundation in this cycle. The ERC-RMB’s technical role will be to evaluate biocompatibility and bioresorption rates for nanoMAG’s proprietary magnesium alloys in a vivo orthopedic model.
Prestigious faculty awards include, the O. Max Gardner Award of Professional Excellence from the UNC system [only one such award given to a UNC faculty member each year], Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, Fellow ICA, NIA Langley Professor, the IBM Outstanding Faculty award, and Triad Most Influential Persons. Many of our faculty are also fellows within international technical organizations, and four of A&T’s College of Engineering faculty have been awarded NSF CAREER Awards – Dr. Zhichao Li (2010), Dr. Salil Desai (2009), Dr. Yaohang Li, (2009), and Dr. Robin Coger (2000).
COE faculty, staff, and students continue to actively engage in community outreach activities in the Piedmont Triad area and across the state of North Carolina, where mention of only two representative examples will be included here.
• COE faculty and students are actively involved in helping to facilitate the NC First Lego League (Ages 9-14) and the NC First Robotics (Ages 14-18) competitions. In this way our faculty and students are lending their engineering expertise to aid the FIRST organization in its goals of inspiring the interest and participation of young people in science and technology.
• Faculty and students of the Center for Energy Research and Technology (CERT) have are actively engaged in energy and sustainability activities throughout the region. CERT is assisting the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation in its sustainability goals by providing outreach in the six eastern counties of the Piedmont Triad region. CERT is also working with the City of Greensboro, and key neighborhood residents, to accelerate the local energy rehabilitation industry for homes by conducting an outreach campaign in 5 neighborhoods to encourage homeowners, renters and landlords to participate in the program. This work includes publicizing the program through neighborhood sweeps, identifying and working with households interested in the program and providing back up technical services and education to support neighborhood activities. As of December 2011, the teams have conducted visits to 90 homes, where the goal is to provide energy upgrades to approximately 2000 homes and 100 commercial/institutional buildings in the next two years.
The Triangle Business Journal has reported that N.C. A&T ranks No. 1 among HBCUs in North Carolina and No. 4 in the UNC System for the highest return on investment.
An agriculture research project at N.C. A&T will establish recommendations for small-scale urban vegetable production for the Piedmont.
A group of undergraduates are researching the movement of hurricanes, design of small-satellite systems and other earth science and engineering systems.
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