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The Division of Research and Economic Development (DORED) is the administrative unit that manages N.C. A&T’s research enterprise. We invite you to learn more about how research at N.C. A&T advances education, fosters community engagement and catalyzes economic development.

Recent News

Dr. Guochen Yang Receives U.S. Patent No. 10,028,505 for Work with Alexandrian Laurel


Alexandrian laurel (Danae Racemosa L.) is an evergreen shrub in high demand. The seed germination of Alexandrian laurel often takes up to 12 to 18 months with a germination rate of only about 20%. Due to its slow-growth rate, it typically takes up to six years to produce a saleable one-gallon size plant. Dr. Yang and Ms.  Zhongge Lu have found that germinating seeds in the presence of cytokinins and/or auxins increased in vitro shoot multiplication and seedling quality enhancement in the shrub. The application of certain cytokine Benzyladenine was found to balance seedling development by simultaneously accelerating shoot growth and slowing down root growth, whereas another cytokine Thidiazuron significantly promoted shoot multiplication and proliferation by producing 5-30 shoots per seed. This research and the resulting patent will help ensure a more plentiful and reliable source of Alexandrian laurel in the agricultural marketplace, particularly in the landscape and nursery industries.

Exploring the Formation of Pollution Particulates


Dr. Solomon Bililign, colleague Marc N. Fiddler and doctoral student Jaime Green comprise N.C. A&T’s Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry research group. The team collaborated on a study led by researchers at the University of Washington, exploring the formation of pollution particulates containing sulfate and nitrate in the wintertime, when they are produced more slowly, but spread over larger geographic areas. The findings of the study were published the week of July 23 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in an article co-authored by Bililign, Fiddler and Green. Read more...

Dr. Monty Measuring kW Reductions in Four UNC System Schools


Lighting consumes about 25 to 30 percent of the electricity in classroom and office buildings on a typical campus, which is why lighting is a high priority for efficiency upgrades. Energy researcher Dr. Greg Monty at N.C. A&T will measure and verify light-related usage at four UNC system schools: N.C. A&T, Winston-Salem State University, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and UNC-Charlotte. Over the past 25 years, many campuses have converted from inefficient tubes and incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs and LEDs that use a fraction of the electricity and last many times longer. In addition, many buildings have been equipped with timers to turn off the lights during periods of no occupancy. Monty will do pre and post measurements to track kilowatt usage while keeping the same light intensity needed at the schools.

Linker Appointed Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Administration

Tim Linker

Tim Linker has been appointed Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Administration. The offices of Sponsored Programs, Contracts & Grants, and Financial Compliance will report to him.Tim joined us earlier this year from High Point University where he was the Director of Research Administration and Sponsored Programs. His undergraduate degree (political science) is from UNC Charlotte, with his two master’s degrees (international studies and organizational communications) being conferred from NC State University.

Tuttle Elected to NORDP Board of Directors

Paul Tuttle

N.C. A&T is proud to announce that Paul Tuttle, Director of Proposal Development for the Division of Research and Economic Development, has been elected to a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP). Research development encompasses a set of strategic, proactive, catalytic, and capacity-building activities designed to facilitate individual faculty members, teams of researchers, and central research administrations in attracting extramural research funding, creating relationships, and developing and implementing strategies that increase institutional competitiveness. NORDP serves research development professionals and their institutions by providing a formal organization to support professional development, enhance institutional research competitiveness, and catalyze new research and institutional collaborations.

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