Dr. Cindy Waters

N.C. A&T Professor’s Metallurgy Expertise Helps Land UNC Grant for Multi-Campus Research

A North Carolina A&T State University mechanical engineering professor is part of a team of researchers that secured a $1.6 million research grant through the University of North Carolina Research Opportunities Initiative (ROI).

Dr. Cindy Waters will offer extensive expertise in metallurgy and pre-and post-characterization to the team, led by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte).

“The team came together based on our specific strengths,” said Waters. “My work has been centered around powder metallurgy and now the role of the powder metals in the 3D processes that build parts through additive manufacturing. I will be providing detailed characterization and testing of the pre-and post-manufactured parts.”

The awarded project, “Advancing the Science and Practice of Metal-Based Additive Manufacturing,” is led by Dr. Christopher Evans, professor of mechanical engineering and engineering science and director of the Center for Precision Metrology at UNC Charlotte. North Carolina State University is also a partnering institution.

“The state of North Carolina is already reaping the benefits of the first round of UNC ROI funding,” said UNC President Margaret Spellings. “These new awards will continue to advance our goals of strengthening UNC’s research enterprise, connecting top researchers on multiple campuses, and supporting economic development in our state.”

The University of North Carolina General Administration has awarded grants totaling $1.7 million to support faculty research in areas of strategic importance to the state. Each funded project involves faculty partners from two or more UNC institutions. In addition to spanning multiple UNC campuses, the funded projects will involve several private and public sector partners, including the General Electric Global Research Center, BlueSwarf, New River Light and Power Company, and Tetra Tech Engineering.

Research areas eligible for UNC ROI funding include advanced manufacturing; coastal and marine science; defense, military, and security; pharmacoengineering; energy; and data sciences. The grants are selected based on a rigorous review process led by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

For more information on UNC ROI, visit roi.northcarolina.edu. For images of projects, visit http://roi.northcarolina.edu/presskit.html. 

About North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is the nation’s largest historically black university. It is a land-grant, higher-research classified  university by the Carnegie Foundation and constituent member of the University of North Carolina system. A&T is known for its leadership in producing graduates in engineering, agriculture and other STEM fields. The university was founded in 1891 and is located in Greensboro, North Carolina.