Research Opportunities

Areas of Research Expertise by Department

Chemical and Bioengineering

The Chemical and Bioengineering Department currently conducts research in the areas of diffusional studies, polymer processing, process control, bio-processes, catalyst research, chemical thermody, bio-materials, bio-transport tissue engineering and environmental research.

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

The Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department conducts research in structural and environmental engineering including construction materials, energy and building science, renewable energy and environmental modeling and water resources.

Computational Science and Engineering

Computational modeling and simulations have currently become the integral component of engineering and physical sciences. It has now become the third major methodology for analysis, synthesis and design in addition to the traditional analytical and experimental methodologies. Computational Science and Engineering program at North Carolina A&T State University is an interdisciplinary graduate program fostering computationally oriented research in the fields of engineering, science, technology and business to prepare students to work effectively in the current and future work environments.

Computer Science

The Department offers an MS computer science degree with the option of a "General Track" or two specialization tracks:  "Artificial Intelligence Track" and "Software Engineering Track".  Students interested in Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence can choose one of these specialization tracks whereas students interested in other areas may select General Track and design their curriculum in consultation with their advisor to satisfy all graduation requirements for the MS in CS.

The research activities of the Department include: System and Network Security, Concurrent Systems, and Web Technologies.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical Engineering conducts research activities in the following areas: Microelectronics, Electronic Materials, Electronic Control Subsystems and Monitoring, Information Processing, Energy and Critical Infrastructure and Intelligent Systems.

Industrial and Systems Engineering

The Department of Industrial Engineering is actively involved with research in the following areas: Hybrid Approach to Direct-Write Based Micro and Nano Manufacturing; Developing Expertise of Minority Students in Managing Threats and Response to Emergency Situations through Interdisciplinary Research Research; Interdisciplinary Research for the Development of a Direct-Write Fabrication Process; Bone Conduction Threshold and Speech Intelligibility Studies for Use in the Development of Military Radio Communication Devices; Center for Human-Centric Commmand and Control Decision-Making; Performance Analysis of Brain-Computer Interface in Virtual and Real Task Environment; A Virtual Human Agent For Assessing Bias in Novice Therapists; Research 3-D Technology Impacts on Operators; Establishing a Graduate Interdisciplinary Liberal Engineering Ethics Curriculum; Enhancement of Minority Student Participation in the Human-Enterprise Systems Engineering Program; Engineering Research Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power; AMRDEC Logistics Engineering Support; AMRDEC Engineering Division- Logistics Engineering Support, and Six Sigma in Public Health Clinics; Improving Health Outcomes.

Mechanical Engineering

The research department is extremely active in research and numerous papers and reports are produced each year. There are four research centers, including The Center for Composite Materials Research, The Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures, the NASA Center for Aerospace Research and the Mars Mission Research Center, a joint center with North Carolina State University.

The Department is involved in research activities in the following areas:  Mechanics and Materials, Energy and Thermal Fluid Systems, Mechanical and Manufacturing Systems, Aerospace, Process Control, and Separation and Mass Transport.

Robust Research Programs

During Fiscal Year 2010, our College of Engineering faculty submitted 91 proposals (requested amount of $37,753,867), had 68 funded projects ($13.1 Million) and 159 peer reviewed publications.  The UNC system is known for its strong research productivity and North Carolina A&T is proud of the fact that in this intense research environment, it ranks 3rd among its 16 sister institutions in the amount of research funding.  The College of Engineering at North Carolina A&T annually contributes a very significant amount of the total research funding awarded to the university.  The College of Engineering at North Carolina A&T is second in total research funding among the colleges of engineering in the UNC system.

North Carolina A&T has recently established, with NASA funding, a Center for Aviation Safety (CAS). The mission of CAS, led by Dr. Kunigal Shivakumar, is to establish a strong aerospace engineering research and education program where highly talented faculty at North Carolina A&T can address the challenges of NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate’s Fundamental Aeronautics and Aviation Safety Programs.  The research goal of CAS is to develop materials, tools, models and technologies that support the safe operation of aerospace vehicles.  This research goal will be achieved through three major research objectives: Advancing Composites and Structures; Integrating Vehicle Health Management; and Advancing Aeromechanics and Propulsion.  The educational objective of CAS is to develop a high quality aerospace engineering graduate program within the Department of Mechanical Engineering in order to produce world-class engineers.

North Carolina A&T State University has also recently established in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon, Clemson and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington the Center for Academic Studies in Identity Sciences (CASIS).  CASIS, led by Dr. Gerry Dozier at North Carolina A&T, is the first and only National Intelligence Science and Technology Center of Academic Excellence in the United States. A five year $8.93 million grant from the Army Research Laboratory led to the establishment of CASIS.  The research in this interdisciplinary center (Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Visual Computing) will focus on advanced biometrics.  North Carolina A&T is the lead university in this new center.

The newly formed collaboration of NCA&T with Michigan State University in the NSF BEACON Science and Technology Center is also noteworthy. This NSF Science and Technology Center for the Study of Evolution in Action is led by Michigan State University in partnership with North Carolina A&T, the University of Texas-Austin, the University of Washington, and the University of Idaho. The overall goals of BEACON are to gain a better understanding of evolutionary dynamics through interdisciplinary research among evolutionary theorists, evolutionary biologists, and evolutionary practitioners (engineers and computer scientists working in the field of Genetic and Evolutionary Computing) and to inform the public about the impact of the dynamics of evolution on the lives of everyday people. The funding level for BEACON is approximately $25M over a period of 5 years.

North Carolina A&T was awarded a grant for an Engineering Research Center (ERC) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2008. Engineering Research Center grants are among the most prestigious NSF awards, and they represent major investments by NSF in partnership with industry to transform engineering research and education. The award to NCA&T marks the first time that an HBCU has been the lead institution of an ERC.  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 North Carolina 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. The center will also have 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.  Dr. Jag Sankar heads the work of the ERC at North Carolina A&T.

The ERC research will focus on three engineered systems: Craniofacial and Orthopedic Applications; Cardiovascular Devices; and Responsive Biosensors for Implants. The research done in the ERC will introduce devices made with magnesium alloys that have the ability to adapt to the body and "grow" without refitting.

The College of Engineering at North Carolina A&T has 13 research centers officially recognized by the university.  These centers are as follows:

  • The Center for Energy Research and Technology
  • National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials
  • Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures
  • Science and Technology Center of Academic Excellence in Advanced Biometrics
  • Center for Cyber Defense
  • Center for Aviation Safety
  • Center for Composite Materials Research
  • Center for Aerospace Research
  • Center for Autonomous Control and Information Technology
  • Center for Human Machine Studies
  • Center for Collaborative Systems
  • ARL Center for Advanced Studies in Identity Sciences
  • ASTREC (Advanced Technologies Research and Engineering Center).

Please see the Division of Research and Economic Development website for further information about each of these research centers.