Attorney General Awards N.C. A&T’s Zhao $133K Environmental Enhancement Grant

10/20/2021 in Research and Economic Development, College of Engineering, College of Science and Technology

Attorney General Josh Stein awarded a $133,000 Environmental Enhancement Grant (EEG) to Renzun Zhao, Ph.D., an assistant professor of environmental engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. The funding will support research that explores how dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) found in liquid waste generated from landfills might impact water sources in the eastern part of the state.

N.C. A&T Partners with Cornell on $800K Seed Grant to Boost Sustainable Production

10/08/2021 in Research and Economic Development, College of Engineering

The College of Engineering (COE) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is partnering with Cornell University on a three-year $800,000 seed grant funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) initiative. The funding is part of a total NSF investment of $8 million to 10 institutions to support materials research partnerships between minority-serving institutions and large-scale, NSF-supported research centers and facilities.

N.C. A&T Awarded $200K NSF Grant to Establish Digital Badge Program, Advance STEM Education

10/07/2021 in Research and Economic Development, College of Business and Economics, College of Engineering

A team at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to implement a digital badge program which seeks to increase the competitive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skillsets of students entering the transportation workforce and transportation graduate school programs.

Three A&T Researchers Aim to Solve AI Reliability with $493K DOD-NSA Award

09/24/2021 in Research and Economic Development, College of Engineering

Three faculty researchers in the College of Engineering (COE) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University are addressing issues of national security regarding the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions into critical domains – including autonomous vehicles, robots, defense systems, critical battlefield infrastructure monitoring, complex traffic flow management and more. The research addresses the risk of adversarial attacks in the complex network of data in society’s increasing number of modern smart devices, automobiles and financial systems.

N.C. A&T Research Team Employs Drones to Inspect Bridges in North Carolina

09/13/2021 in Research and Economic Development, College of Engineering

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is responsible for the safety of 13,500 bridges in the state. According to Ali Karimoddini, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, each of those bridges, regardless of their condition, is inspected at least once every two years, in accordance with the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS). That adds up to a lot of time, personnel and money to ensure the safety of North Carolinians and visitors.

North Carolina A&T Joins Duke, Other Major Partners, in $20M Artificial Intelligence Center

08/24/2021 in Research and Economic Development, College of Engineering

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is playing a critical role in the creation of Athena, a new artificial intelligence (AI) research center led by Duke University and including Yale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other prominent institutional partners. Funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security, Athena is part of a $220 million investment in 11 AI research institutes engaging campuses in 40 states nationwide.

N.C. A&T Mechanical Engineering Design Team Recognized for Best Engineering Design Process

07/16/2021 in Research and Economic Development, College of Engineering

Four recent mechanical engineering graduates from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University won the 2021 Sandia Senior Design Bonanza Best Engineering Design Process award for their senior capstone design. In 2020, the first year that Sandia sponsored the mechanical engineering project at A&T, the seniors were named most innovative.

N.C. A&T Bioengineering Researcher Awarded $550K NSF Grant to Develop Biomaterials for Wound-Care Applications

07/07/2021 in Research and Economic Development, College of Engineering

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a three-year $550,000 grant to Narayan Bhattarai, Ph.D., an associate professor of bioengineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, to research metal-composite biomaterial that will significantly reduce the inflammation and scar formation of wounds, leading to more effective healing for patients. Bhattarai is the sole principal investigator on the grant titled, “Biodegradable Composite Nanofiber Meshes that Contain Degradable Metal Particulates.”

N.C. A&T Grant Develops Clean Energy Apprenticeship, First of Its Kind in Nation

07/02/2021 in Research and Economic Development, College of Engineering

On Thursday, July 1, Gov. Roy Cooper visited Halifax Community College to learn more about North Carolina’s first Clean Energy Youth Apprenticeship Pilot and the Halifax Lighthouse Solar Camp. Cooper also met with partners, including Balu Gokaraju, Ph.D., an associate professor and principal investigator leading this the team from A&T’s College of Engineering.

N.C. A&T Aggie Autonomous Team Completes Four-Year Competition

06/18/2021 in College of Engineering

This past week, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s Aggie Autonomous Auto (A3) team completed the four-year Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) AutoDrive Challenge in Mcity, Michigan. Throughout the four-year competition, the team converted a standard electric vehicle to level-four autonomy. The team’s success earned N.C. A&T a spot to compete in Phase II of the SAE AutoDrive challenge.

Aggies Win National 32nd Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

04/21/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Health and Human Sciences

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University emerged as the national champions of the 32nd annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), with a 70-point lead against Florida A&M. This is the first year the university has laid claim to the title and will receive a $75,000 institutional grant in addition to the championship trophy.

N.C. A&T Advances to Final Four in 32nd Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

04/19/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Health and Human Sciences

An exceptional team representing North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is advancing to the final four round of the 32nd annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) following its win against Oakwood University. A&T joins Alabama A&M, Florida A&M and Morehouse University as this year’s semi-finalists and will compete virtually today at 6 p.m.

Fifth College of Engineering Hackathon Inspires Innovative Solutions to Complex Corporate Challenges

04/12/2021 in College of Engineering, College of Science and Technology

Not even a pandemic could hinder the talent at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University during the College of Engineering’s fifth hackathon, and second held virtually. One of the spring semester’s marquee events, HACKNCAT The Remix, boasted 22 teams consisting of over 100 competitors from the College of Engineering and College of Science and Technology, representing six undergraduate programs.

N.C. A&T Mechanical Engineering Senior Recognized as 2021 Namaskar Winner

03/12/2021 in College of Engineering

From the corridors of McNair Hall pre-pandemic, to the screens on Zoom, mechanical engineering senior Joshua Burnell is known as a student leader at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University who has strived to positively impact his department, college and university throughout his undergraduate academic career. During the celebration of National Engineers Week at A&T’s College of Engineering (COE), Burnell was selected as the 2021 Namaskar winner for his leadership, professionalism and his level of academic success. COE awards this distinction annually to a graduating senior, highlighting the importance of excellence in engineering and to encourage students to strive for excellence in their endeavors.

N.C. A&T Bioengineering Researcher Aims to Develop Mini-brain in Fight against Alzheimer’s Disease

03/02/2021 in Research and Economic Development, College of Engineering

Yeoheung Yun, Ph.D., a bioengineering professor at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, was awarded $1.43 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a functional mini-brain model in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease (AD). According to the Alzheimer’s Association, AD affects more than 6 million Americans and is the most common cause of dementia.

N.C. A&T College of Engineering Department Changes Name, Expands Curriculum

12/28/2020 in College of Engineering

The newly renamed Department of Computational Data Science and Engineering (CDSE) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is changing more than just its name. The updated master’s program, now called Data Science and Engineering, and the updated doctoral program, Computational Data Science and Engineering, both offer new courses and focuses relevant to the future of engineering disciplines.

N.C. A&T Engineering Senior Named a Winner of Poster Competition at National Conference

12/28/2020 in College of Engineering

Mechanical engineering senior, Chelsea Wilson, had an extraordinary finals week at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. In addition to her many rigorous exams, she virtually attended and was named a winner of the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative conference poster competition. The C3E recognizes outstanding women leaders and accomplishments in clean energy for the goal of closing the gender gap and increasing the participation, leadership and success of women in clean energy fields. Seven out of 31 presenters were announced poster winners. For Wilson, this accomplishment confirms that whatever industry or educational path she pursues, she will excel.

N.C. A&T Computer Science Student Interviews 2019 Abel Prize Winner at 8th Heidelberg Laureate Forum

10/16/2020 in College of Engineering

Janelle C. Mason, a North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University computer science Ph.D. candidate, recently interviewed 2019 Abel Prize winner, Karen Uhlenbeck, Ph.D., as part of the eighth Heidelberg Laureate Forum. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, which Mason shared with Jacqueline Godoy Mesquita, Ph.D., a professor of mathematics at the University of Brasília in Brazil, resulted in a humbling and well-deserved experience.

N.C. A&T Engineering Faculty Awarded $449K to Futurize Naval Communications Equipment

09/18/2020 in College of Engineering

A team of undergraduate, graduate and faculty researchers in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University won a highly competitive $449,052 grant from the Department of the Navy’s HBCU/MI program to collaborate with the Navy on improving radio frequency (RF) communication systems. The research will use gallium nitride (GaN) device technology to create smaller and more efficient solid state-based RF amplifiers.

N.C. A&T Receives IBM Quantum Research Center Designation, Joins Broader HBCU Education Initiative

09/17/2020 in College of Engineering, College of Science and Technology

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University joins IBM’s newly established collaboration today with 13 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to equip students pursuing quantum computing careers. The IBM-HBCU Quantum Center is a multi-year investment, and A&T’s proven strengths in ground-breaking STEM research and academic rigor resulted in the university’s selection and designation as one of five HBCU leading quantum research centers in the partnership.

N.C. A&T Receives $550K NSF Award to Establish a Network of Self-Driving Shuttles

09/08/2020 in College of Engineering

An interdisciplinary research team at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has received $550,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish a Testbed of Connected Autonomous MicroTransit Vehicles. This funding is in addition to the $235,000 contribution from A&T’s College of Engineering (COE), Downtown Greensboro Incorporated (DGI) and North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), for an overall investment of $785,000. 

N.C. A&T College of Engineering Department Chair Honored with Two Awards

07/06/2020 in College of Engineering

Stephanie Luster-Teasley, Ph.D., chair of the civil architectural and environmental engineering department at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, received awards from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Michigan State University (MSU), where she earned her M.S. in chemical engineering and Ph.D. in environmental engineering. Luster-Teasley, an N.C. &T alumna, won the ASEE Environmental Division Service Award and was recognized by MSU with the 2020 Civil and Environmental Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award.

N.C. A&T Computer Science Student Receives White House Initiative Honor

06/18/2020 in College of Engineering

Oluchi Chukwunyere, a rising senior studying computer science at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, has been selected by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities as a 2020 HBCU Competitiveness Scholar. Chukwunyere is among 44 students selected from 33 HBCUs nationwide to receive the initiative’s highest honor based on academic achievements, campus leadership, civic engagement and entrepreneurial spirit.

N.C. A&T Patent Improves the Detection of Defects in Aircraft

02/17/2020 in Research and Economic Development, College of Engineering

A new patent from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will improve nondestructive evaluation methods for subsurface aircraft defects. The patent, “Normalized Defect Characterization of Pulse Thermographic Nondestructive Evaluation,” was awarded to mechanical engineering professor Mannur J. Sundaresan, Ph.D., and his former advisee, Letchuman Sripragash, Ph.D.

N.C. A&T Partners with Downtown Greensboro, Inc. to Prototype Self-driving Shuttles

02/10/2020 in College of Engineering

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University received $50,000 from Downtown Greensboro, Inc. (DGI) that will go toward prototyping and deploying two self-driving shuttles. The funds will be allocated to the newly established North Carolina Transportation Center of Excellence in Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Technology (NC-CAV) at N.C. A&T’s College of Engineering (COE).

N.C. A&T Recognizes Seven Distinguished Alumni during Fall Convocation

10/24/2019 in Academic Affairs, Alumni, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Journalism & Mass Communication English, College of Business and Economics, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Health and Human Sciences, College of Science and Technology

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University celebrated its annual Fall Convocation program Thursday, Oct. 24, in Harrison Auditorium. The program recognized student athletes for their academic and athletic accomplishments and welcomed back alumni for “The Greatest Homecoming on Earth” celebration.