JSNN Nanoengineering students working on our Instron Materials Test System.

Gateway Materials Test Center Earns International ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation

The new credential is expected to attract significantly more contract testing 

Gateway Materials Test Center (GMTC) has recently been awarded ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Certificate of Accreditation by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board.  Following almost two years of focused preparation including proficiency testing, calibrations, documentation of all processes and test standards, the GMTC has demonstrated technical competence in fourteen different tests according to international standards of laboratory management.

The new credential will allow companies that require the ISO/IEC 17025 Certification to use the state –of-the-art equipment and consulting services at GMTC.  While the GMTC has been serving companies that do not require the International Standard for a number of years, the new credential will attract testing that requires it.  GMTC Manager, Dr. Evan T. Kimbro noted, “Our focus has been on aerospace composites. The other big ISO/IEC certified testing labs for aerospace are located in the west (Everett, WA, Wichita, KS and Anaheim, CA), so one of the big advantages is our proximity to local aerospace companies needing these services and the fact that we are the only local test center focused on aerospace composites.  This gives us the unique advantage of quick turn-around time and the ability for company agents to witness tests without any travel expense.”

The Gateway Materials Test Center is a program of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) of North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and it is administered by Gateway University Research Park.  The GMTC, which is located at Gateway University Research Park’s South Campus at 2901 East Gate City Boulevard, specializes in the testing of Polymer Matrix Fiber Reinforced Composites, as well as textile and other materials testing services.  In addition to offering ASTM and AATCC Testing, companies may also obtain Chemical Analysis, SEM Imaging and Consulting Services.

The successful completion of the ISO/IEC certification is due in part to the test center’s recent success in the City of Greensboro’s Strong Cities Strong Communities (SC2) Challenge.  In 2015, the Gateway Materials Test Center was awarded second place in Phase I and third place in Phase II of the challenge, winning a total of $135,000.  These funds helped support the certification effort and will further support its next phase of growth.

Dr. Jim Ryan, founding dean of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, said, “Our goals when we developed the Gateway Materials Test Center were to provide an important technical service to local industry and create jobs in Greensboro.  Achieving ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation is an important achievement in this effort that will enable the GMTC to hire student interns and professionals as the testing demand expands.”

John Merrill, executive director of Gateway University Research Park, Inc., said, “This is a significant milestone for the GMTC.  The continuing growth and success of GMTC is another excellent example of Gateway’s efforts to be a catalyst for university research, innovation, and economic development.”

About The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) is an academic collaboration of North Carolina A&T State University (NC A&T) and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). JSNN builds on the strengths of the two Universities to offer innovative, interdisciplinary graduate programs that provide training in emerging areas of nanoscience and nanoengineering. Research areas include nanobiology, nanometrology, nanomaterials (with emphasis on nanocomposites and nanofibers), nanobioelectronics, nanoenergy technologies and computational nanotechnology. JSNN offers a Professional Master of Science in Nanoscience, a Ph.D. in Nanoscience, a Master of Science in Nanoengineering and a Ph.D. in Nanoengineering.

The JSNN facility is a 105,000 square foot, two-story research building constructed on the Gateway University Research Park South Campus. The facility houses leading-edge laboratories and equipment including nanoelectronic and biotechnology cleanrooms, a suite of analytical equipment, advanced microscopes and extensive modeling and visualization capabilities. In addition to its educational and research missions, JSNN focuses on interaction with industry through the NIC and the Gateway Materials Testing Center. JSNN works closely with companies from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, aerospace, automotive, equipment, chemical, textile, electronics, and nanotechnology industries.            

About Gateway University Research Park

Gateway University Research Park is a partnership between North Carolina A&T State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro for the purposes of research and economic development within the Triad.  The Universities’ mission is to develop state-of-the-art research facilities for cutting-edge work in the life and physical sciences, engineering, technology and other applied areas.  Gateway University Research Park is envisioned as a premier center for basic and applied research, with the potential for the incubation and development of new technologies.  For those who may be interested, Gateway has numerous leasing options at its North and South Campuses.