Researchers in the NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials

Major research projects

Professor Lauren Davis, College of Engineering, Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering. Davis’s “Improving Strategies for Hunger Relief and Food Security through Computational Data Science” project was awarded $3 million from the National Science Foundation. The study will develop a better understanding of food supply, distribution and need issues and an innovative, interdisciplinary training model in data science to help grow the workforce to meet those needs. 

Profesor Shengmin Sang, College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, Center for Post-Harvest Technologies. Sang’sNutrimetabolomics Approach to Identify the Biomarkers of Whole Grain Intake” project was awarded $2.8 million from the United States Department of Agriculture. The research will identify novel bioactive natural products that can be used in functional foods and dietary supplements to prevent chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

Dr. Abolghasem Shahbazi, College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design. Shabazi’s CREST Center for BioEnergy received $2.1 million from the National Science Foundation. The Center aims to make biomass a more viable source of renewable energy, conducting fundamental research toward the development of advanced thermochemical biomass conversion technology for the efficient, economic production of liquid transportation fuels and hydrogen.

Dr. Sameer Hamoush, College of Engineering, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. Hamoush’sPipeline Development of Skilled Workforce through Research in Advanced Manufacturing” project was awarded $2.0 million from the United States Department of Energy. The funds will be used to fabricate metal test parts and determine material properties using a metal 3D printing machine, train students in the use of 3D printing, collaborate with other research hubs on fabrication and metal properties and develop a workforce pipeline by offering outreach and education workshops targeting secondary education students.

Dr. Maranda McBride, College of Business and Economics, Transportation Institute. McBride’s Transportation Institute was awarded $1.4 million from the United States Department of Transportation. The Institute educates students and professionals from diverse populations to provide qualified transportation professionals in the workforce.  Institute activities are designed to provide ongoing initiatives in the areas of education, research, and workforce development. It serves as a national, regional and local clearinghouse for transportation education, research and outreach.

Dr. Ongeri Awarded $1.42 Million NIH Grant to Study Kidney Disease

Dr. Elimelda Moige Ongeri, associate professor in the Department of Biology at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, has been awarded a $1.42 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of General Medicine (NIGMS) to investigate acute kidney disease initiated by ischemia-reperfusion Injury (IRI), or reduced blood flow to the kidneys and subsequent oxygen deficiency.

Department of Chemical, Biological and Bioengineering Declares "RED Team" by NSF

Dr. Steven Knisley, chair of Chemical, Biological and Bioengineering in the College of Engineering, was awarded a $2-million grant through the National Science Foundation to create a N.C. A&T-based “RED Team,” which aims to revolutionize how engineering curriculum is taught at the college level 

TECHLAV Center Awarded $5 Million By Department of Defense

NC A&T’s College of Engineering was awarded $5 million by the Department of Defense’s Air Force Research Laboratory for a Testing, Evaluation, and Control of Autonomous Vehicles (TECHLAV) Center.  In addition to testing and evaluation, the Center will commercialize autonomous vehicle technology for the benefit of the civilian economy as well as national defense.