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NASA and NC State University: Building Stronger Partnerships. April 24, 2002 Dr. Charles Moreland, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies, North Carolina State University. North Carolina State University. National leader in Science, Engineering and Technology

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NASA and NC State University:

Building Stronger Partnerships

April 24, 2002

Dr. Charles Moreland, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies, North Carolina State University

north carolina state university
North Carolina State University
  • National leader in Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Land Grant University founded 1887
  • Centennial Campus established 1984
  • 28,000+ students, 1,600 faculty, 10 colleges
  • 105,215 acres (1,877 in Raleigh)
  • Federal research expenditures FY01- $90M
  • Total R&D expenditures - $300 million
    • 35% Engineering 7% Textiles
    • 20% Ag and Life Sci 5% Education
    • 20% Physical/Math Sci 3% Other
    • 10% Vet Medicine
  • Number of patents since 1992 – 350
  • Top ten for industry sponsored research
  • Ranked 17th nationally for licensing revenues and patents
  • Ranked 4th nationally for spinning off start-up companies

Red Wolf

nc state and nasa
NC State and NASA
  • From FY97 - FY01, NC State awarded $13.2M in NASA grants

1997 - $2.8M

1998 - $2.7M

1999 - $3.1M

2000 - $2.3M

2001 - $2.3M

  • In 2001, NCSU had 43 competitively awarded grants and contracts

STS 89, Jan 1998

Bell Tower at NCSU

nc state involved with 4 nasa strategic enterprises and education
SeaWiFSNC State involved with 4 NASA Strategic Enterprises and Education


  • Biological and Physical Research – Plant gravitropism: A transgenic approach (Perera, Boss - Botany)
  • Aerospace Technology –Uninhabited aerial vehicle Testing (Chokani, Hall, Heinzen - Mech. Aero. Engr.)
  • Earth Science – SeaWiFS data from the Indian Ocean (Morrison - Marine, Earth and Atm. Science)
  • Space Science - X-ray emission and dynamics of supernova remnants (Reynolds - Physics)
  • Education - Space biology lectures in digital format (Brown - Kenan Institute and Botany)
NC State is home to >55 established research institutes, centers, laboratories, consortia and initiatives. Four of these are directly related to NASA missions:
  • NASA Specialized Center for Plant Gravitational Genomics
  • Center for Earth Observation
  • North Carolina Space Grant Consortium
  • North Carolina Space Initiative

Arabidopsis Root Cap

These Centers are one way NCSU

links with other organizations with like-minded goals

nc state responds to nasa rfp s
NC State Responds to NASA RFP’s

Examples of Current and Future Proposals:

Drosophila, gene expression and gravity (MacKay, Anholt – Zoology)

Smart Nanoporous Materials Inspired by Neurofilament Structure (Brenner – Materials Sci & Eng)

3rd Generation Reusable Launch Vehicle Institute, URETI (DeJarnette, Mech & Aero Eng)

NASA Institute for Aeronautics Associates, LaRC (Nagel et al., Mech & Aero Eng)

National Space Grant College/Fellowship Program: Phase I Comp. and Workforce Dev. (DeJarnette, Mech & Aero Eng)

an advanced technology community for university industry and government partnerships
An Advanced Technology Community for University, Industry and Government Partnerships

Five multi-disciplinary R&D neighborhoods

  • Bioscience and Biotechnology
  • Advanced Materials
  • Pre-College Education
  • Environmental Technologies
  • Advanced Communications Technologies
bioscience and biotechnology
Bioscience and Biotechnology
  • Genome Research Lab
  • Bioinformatics Research Center
  • Forest Biotechnology Research Consortium
  • DNA Sequencing Facility
  • Fungal Genomics Lab
  • Hyperthermophile Lab
advanced materials
Advanced Materials
  • Engineering Research Center for Advanced Electronic Materials Processing
  • Non-Wovens Technology Institute
  • Materials Research Center
  • College of Textiles
  • Precision Engineering Center
  • Analytical Instrumentation Facility

College of Textiles

pre college education
Pre-College Education
  • The Science House
  • Centennial Campus Middle School
  • The Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development
  • North Carolina Space Grant Consortium

Chancellor Fox and Kenan Fellows

government partners
Government Partners
  • NSF – Multiple Centers
  • USDA – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
  • USDA – Eastern Regional Hub Offices
  • NOAA – National Weather Service Regional Forecast Office
  • US Forest Service – Southern Global Change Program
partnerships and commercialization
Partnerships and Commercialization
  • Vice Chancellor’s Office for Extension and Engagement
  • Office of Technology Transfer
  • Technology Education and Commercialization Program
  • Knowledge Sharing Systems
  • Center for Innovation Management Systems
  • Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science

Partners I, Kenan Institute

NASA and North Carolina:

Building Stronger Partnerships

Sponsored by the North Carolina Space Initiative: A program of the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science at NC State University