Research Labs

polymer materials lab

Polymer Materials Laboratory

Fort IRC Building, Room 232

This Lab is equipped to determine the processing rheology and thermal mechanical properties, as well as molecular weight distributions and glass transition temperatures of polymers and polymer nanocomposites. The goal of the research projects conducted in the Lab is to develop new ways to improve the processing and the properties of polymer materials for various industrial applications, such as biodegradable plastics and fuel cell membranes. Shown in the picture are Waters gel-permeation chromatography, TA Instrument differential scanning calorimeters, Instron universal materials testing system, as well as in the background Dynisco extrusion rheometer and Metrohm AutoLab potentiostat/galvanostat.

Lab Director: Dr. Jianzhong Lou, Department of Chemical & BioEngineering

water re lab

Water Research Laboratory

Cherry Hall, Room 329

The Water Research Laboratory (WRL) covers a wide range of facilities and equipment used primarily for water resources research while using the setup for teaching and demonstrations as well. It has a high-end computing facilities (high-computing work stations for graduate students) equipped with advanced computational software for spatial analysis (ArcGIS), watershed modeling (SWAT, APEX, HSPF), stormwater modeling (SWMM), statistical analysis (SAS, R), modeling and visualization tools (MATLAB), and others. Laboratory also contains water resources monitoring instruments that is capable of (1) spot monitoring: multiple sensors with digital handheld devices to measure various water quality parameters such as turbidity, pH, DO, nutrients, etc. in rivers, lakes and wells, and (2) continuous monitoring: instruments that are usually deployed for a long term monitoring at stream sites for measuring rainfall, stream velocity, streamflow and automatic water samples for laboratory based water quality measurements.

Lab Director: Dr. Manoj K. Jha, Department of Civil Engineering

thermo lab

Thermophysical Properties Laboratory

McNair Hall, Room 302

This laboratory houses apparatuses and instruments for measurement of thermodynamic and transport properties of pure liquids and mixtures over a wide range of temperatures and pressures.  They include:  apparatus for measurement of high temperature vapor-liquid equilibrium data, apparatus for measurement of densities of gas-liquid mixtures, TA Instruments DHR-3 rheometer for measurement of rheological properties of liquids.

Lab Director: Dr. Vinayak Kabadi, Department of Chemical, Biological and Bio Engineering

low temp

Low Temperature Fuel Characterization Laboratory

Fort IRC Building, Room 236

This laboratory houses two Tenney environmental chambers with accurate controls for temperature from -100oC to +200oC. They are currently being used for measurements of solid-liquid phase transitions of alternative aviation fuels and their model compounds. The laboratory also has the capability of vapor-liquid equilibrium measurements at cryogenic conditions.

Lab Director: Dr. Vinayak Kabadi Department of Chemical, Biological and Bio Engineering

analytical lab

Analytical Laboratory for Fuel Characterization

Fort IRC Building, Room 230

This laboratory houses equipment for chromatographic, calorimetric and spectroscopic characterization of alternative fuels. The instruments include: Agilent Technologies GC-MS, Agilent Technologies HPLC system, TA Instruments DSC, TA Instruments isothermal calorimeter, Perkin Elmer elemental analyzer.  

Lab Director: Dr. Vinayak Kabadi, Department of Chemical, Biological and Bio Engineering

micro electro lab

Microwave and Electromagnetic Compatibility Laboratory (MWEMC)

Hines Hall, Room 101

The Microwave and Electromagnetic Compatibility Laboratory (MWEMC) contains resources for characterization and modeling microwave circuits, novel electronic device and electromagnetic compatibility. 

Lab Director: Dr. Zhijian Xie, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Fostering Innovation through Biosystem for enabling Science (FIBS) Laboratory

Fort IRC Building, Room 231 & 328/Hines Hall, Room 217-219

Vision for FIBS is to innovate engineering technologies, which eventually enable to advance physiology, regenerate tissues/organs, better diagnostics, and eventually impacting on human health. The primary research interests of FIBS laboratory at NC A & T State University is in the area of Biomaterial Science/Engineering and Bio-Nano/Microdevices, which address current issues in biomaterials as well as develop new microdevices in the diagnostic and therapeutic applications.

Lab Director: Dr. Yeoheung Yun, Department of Chemical, Biological, and Biomedical Engineering


Autonomous Cooperative Control of Emergent Systems of Systems (ACCESS) Laboratory

PTCAM Building, Room 113 

The ACCESS Lab researches fundamental problems in modeling, analysis, control and improvement of complex systems. ACCESS LAB hosts unique testbeds to systematically develop tools and techniques for “Analysis of cyber-physical systems”, “Cooperative and distributed control of multi-agent systems”, “Testing and evaluation of autonomous systems”, “Robotic swarms”, “Reliable and fault tolerant control systems”, “Distributed optimization and decision making for coordination of multi-agent systems”, and “Human-Machine Interactions”. ACCESS LAB aims to apply these techniques to different problems including “Smart Agriculture”, “Teaming of Autonomous Vehicles”, “Smart Transportation Systems”, “Smart Grids”, “Space Exploration”, “Security and Reliability of Complex Systems”, “Aerial Robotics”, and “Flight Control Systems”.

Lab Director: Dr. Ali Karimoddini, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


high perf comp lab

Bioinformatics and High Performance Computing Laboratory

Hines Hall, Room 217

The Bioinformatics and High Performance Computing Lab (BHPC) contains a hadoop cluster and eight high-end iMac for solving computationally intensive and big data problems in various interdisciplinary fields including bioinformatics, structural bioinformatics, next-gen sequence data analysis and others.

Lab Director: Dr. Dukka KC, Department of Computational Science and Engineering


Lighting, Electrical and Indoor Environment Laboratory 

Graham Hall, Room 302

This lab includes teaching and research equipment to serve architectural engineering program. In particular, equipment and installation to measure illuminance, luminance and lighting levels, as well as temperature distribution within a space. Variable Frequency Drive (VFD), Programmable Logic Controls (PLC), Electrical Wiring, Electrical Controls, as well as Automated Controls Systems are other installations used to teach Electrical and Control Systems.

Lab Director: Dr. Ahmed C. Megri, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

erc rmb

Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials (ERC-RMB)

Fort IRC Building, Room 105-106, 115, 122-125, 136, 142, 231-232, 306 & 328

The National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials (ERC-RMB) and Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures (CAMSS) are situated in the Fort Interdisciplinary Research Center (IRC).

ERC-RMB & CAMSS conduct research in transformational and revolutionary biodegradable implant technologies as well as various broad-based advanced materials, surface and nanoengineering activities. The ERC’s goal is to generate transformational advances in cardiovascular, orthopedic and craniofacial applications through technology for biocompatible and biodegradable implants for reconstruction and regeneration. Specifically, the research focuses on biodegradable metals (magnesium alloys), biofunctional surface modification, sensors and controlled degradation.

In addition, center scientists address future directions in materials innovation, economic impact and growth, education and next-generation workforce development.

Director: Dr. Jag Sankar
Education & Outreach Director: Dr. Devdas Pai
Administrative Director: Ms. Lois Deve
Industrial Liaison Officer: Dr. Pete Seoane
(All with the Department of Mechanical Engineering)

cscl lab

Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Laboratory

Graham Hall, Room 205

The CSCL lab supports development of the Computer-Mediated Problem-Solving (COMPS) project.  COMPS is a web-delivered chat program for students to work together, applying group cognition and creative interdependence for students to explore and learn conceptual knowledge.  COMPS exercise are highly interactive, students are typing and responding to each other simultaneously.  COMPS research areas include:

  • Education and Cognition
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Affective Computing
  • Linguistic Phenomena

The CSCL lab holds software development, provides work space for graduate and undergraduate student researchers, and serves as a project headquaters.  This lab has been supported by ONR, DARPA, and NSF.

Lab Director: Jung Hee Kim, Department of Computer Science