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  1. NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE UNIVERSITY NASA AND NORTH CAROLINA: BUILDING STRONGER PARTNERSHIPS Earnestine Psalmonds, Vice Chancellor for Research April 24, 2002 Phone: (336) 334-7314 Fax: (336) 334-7086 E-mail: ep@ncat.edu

  2. PRESENTATION OUTLINE • Overview of University • The North Carolina A&T Research Enterprise • The NASA-North Carolina A&T Interface • Impact of NASA’s Investment

  3. OVERVIEW OF THE UNIVERSITY • Comprehensive Historically Black Land Grant university • Enrollment of 8,300 • Seven schools and colleges – Agriculture, Arts & Sciences, Business & Economics, Education, Engineering, Nursing, Technology • Undergraduate and Graduate degree programs --- PH.D. disciplines in Electrical, Mechanical, and Industrial & Systems Engineering • Located in Greensboro, North Carolina

  4. UNIVERSITY REPORT CARD • Ranked among the top five HBCUs in total federal obligations for R&D in science and engineering and among the top five universities in the State in research productivity • Cited in Fortune Magazine, Black Issues in Higher Education, Triad Business Journal, Triad Business Week, NASA and DoD publications • Received $31,530,117 in total program funding in FY 2001($26,247,082 for sponsored programs plus $5,283,035 Federal appropriation for agricultural research and cooperative extension • Currently managing portfolio of 277 active projects valued at $129 million

  5. THE NORTH CAROLINA A&T RESEARCH ENTERPRISE • Corporate Philosophy • Corporate Model • Knowledge-Based Asset Development Strategy

  6. CORPORATE PHILOSOPHY • “We will break down internal and external barriers to productivity and better understand our individual and collective roles in meeting the challenges ahead. We have to look beyond our own organization for good ideas and best practices from industry and academia and to forge mutually beneficial cooperative alliances with other organizations. Our vision is to create a high performing university without exception -- to create an environment where leadership, integrity, knowledge, and competitiveness flourish.” • Chancellor James C. Renick (The Future)

  7. CORPORATE MODEL • Knowledge Corridors -- academic disciplines • Knowledge Clusters -- “niches” • Knowledge Enablers -- programs, centers and institutes • Asset Generation -- innovations, intellectual property disclosures

  8. RESEARCH CLUSTERS • Aerospace Sciences • Human-Machine Systems • Materials • Manufacturing • Autonomous Control Engineering • Energy & Environmental Technology • Transportation • Genomics & Bioinformatics • Wireless Communication • International Trade

  9. MAJOR SPONSORS FY 2001

  10. RESEARCH CENTERS AND INSTITUTES • Center for Aerospace Research • Center for Environmental Remediation and Pollution Prevention • Center in Electronics Manufacturing • Center for Composite Materials Research • Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures • Center for Energy Research and Technology • Civil Infrastructure Institute • Institute for Human-Machine Studies

  11. CENTERS AND INSTITUTES continued • Center for Autonomous Control and Information Technology • Center for International Trade • Transportation Institute • Waste Management Institute • Piedmont Triad Center for Advanced Manufacturing • Edward B. Fort Interdisciplinary Research Center • *Agromedicine Institute • *Center for Environmentally Responsible Solvents and Processes

  12. THE NASA-NORTH CAROLINA A&T INTERFACE

  13. MARS MISSION RESEARCH CENTER • Implemented through the North Carolina Space Grant Consortium -- NC A&T and NC State (founders), Duke, UNC-Charlotte, NC Central, Winston-Salem State • To investigate materials and technologies that will help make possible a return flight to Mars for humans • Culminated in a Composite Materials Research Center and at NC A&T

  14. CENTER FOR COMPOSITE MATERIALS RESEARCH • Focus on polymeric based composite materials technology for engineering and non-traditional engineering applications • Polymeric Composite Research Competencies • Processing: Conventional (autoclave, compression molding), recent (RTM, VARTM - open mold), C/C composites (RTM based) • Testing & Evaluation: Test methods, material database • Analysis: Analysis methods, predictive methodology, design guidelines, multidisciplinary analyses • Nondestructive Evaluation & Monitoring

  15. AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY • Center for Aerospace Research • Core Competencies: Research, Research Training, Technology Transfer, and Outreach • Research Focus • Aerospace Structure • Control and Guidance • Computational Fluid Dynamics • Human-Machine Systems Engineering

  16. AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY • A New Mechanistic Constitutive Model for High Temperature CMCs Under Monotonic and Cyclic Loading (Glenn) • Investigation of Aero Servo Structural Interactions in Aerospace Applications (Dryden) • Solid State Harmonic Drive Motor • Material Processing for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells • Advanced Low-Power Silicon on Insulator (SOI) Complementary Metal Oxide Silicon (CMOS) Transceiver for Distributed Sensor Networks (Glenn)

  17. BIOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL RESEARCH • Portable Fiber-Optic Biosensor for Rapid Detection of Pathogens in Foods • Logistics in a Food Production System Using Intelligent Agents (Johnson) • Computational Geometry for Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics • Laboratory Animal Resource Unit in Biomedical and Agricultural Research

  18. EARTH SCIENCE • A Web-Based Visualization Tool for 3D/4D imagery and Geospatial Information • The Low Signal Global Positioning System Inertial Network

  19. HUMAN EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF SPACE • Motion Planning in a Society of Intelligent Mobile Agents (Ames) • Performance Modeling of a Pilot in a Free-Flight Mode (Ames) • Multidisciplinary Modeling and Simulation of Aerospace Vehicle (Dryden) • A Multi-Layered Multifuzzy Inference System for Autonomous Robot Navigation and Obstacle Avoidance (Dryden)

  20. SPACE SCIENCE • Integration of NASA Research into Undergraduate Education in Mathematics, Science, Engineering and Technology (Headquarters) • NASA Space Grant College and Fellowship Program • NASA Sharpe Plus Program • Ronald E. McNair Graduate Research Fellowship Program • Undergraduate and Graduate Student Researchers Program

  21. TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND COMMERCIALIZATION • Small Business Innovation Research - Small Business Technology Transfer Program (SBIR/STTR) • A&T secured its first STTR Phase-I contract in partnership with a local minority firm. NASA Kennedy Space Center awarded $100,000 for a six-month proof-of-concept to develop software designed to improve the safety of space missions. • Interactions with companies have resulted in five pending SBIR/STTR proposals to NASA, NIH, NSF, DoD (Navy & Air Force)

  22. NSF Partnerships in Innovation Program Application of Net Shape Manufacturing and RTM CCC Processing to Various Engine Components 3-Tex GE AE Aircraft Engine Bearing Cage IC Engine Piston Valve NC A&T Low Cost C/C Composites NASA Glenn Ion Thruster

  23. Researchers at A&T have discovered a way to reduce the complexity and cost of detection of structural material failures in Aerospace vehicles; e.g. those due to acoustically induced high frequency crack growths. The result is a detection system that enjoys the sensitivity required to allow commercially viable structural integrity control systems for state of the art materials. (Marshall)

  24. NASA SOUTHEAST REGIONAL TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER CENTER • Scope: To facilitate transferring NASA technology into the commercial sector in North Carolina. • Successes • Assisted local minority business in acquiring an exclusive license from Kennedy Space Center for an remote monitoring alarm system and to negotiate a second license • Partnered with local female owned minority business in winning a Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer Research contract from NASA Kennedy • Linked with the NC Incubators Association and the NC Electronics and Information Technology Association to market the program

  25. IMPACT OF NASA’S INVESTMENT • Core of Faculty Experts (capacity) • Technology Driven Research Portfolio • Corporate Strategy -- linked to NASA’s Strategic Enterprises • Technology Innovations • Production of Diverse SMET Workforce • Enhanced National Technological Infrastructure

  26. OUR FUTURE TOGETHER