Research at North Carolina A&T Sponsored Funding and Research Annual Report FY 2012
FY 2012 research highlightsAccomplishments, milestones, recognition • NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials receives additional three years, $12 million • “About 20 percent of funded ERCs begin to wind down at this point because they’re not meeting goals, [Leon Esterowitz, NSF program director] said, but the project in Greensboro is going extremely well.” The Business Journal, August 19, 2011.
FY 2012 research highlightsAccomplishments, milestones, recognition • ARO awards $3.5 million for nanoengineering research • Three A&T nanoengineering professors at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering received research grants totaling $3.5 million. A&T news release, January 6,2012 • N.C. A&T leads UNC system in STEM growth • The number of N.C. A&T students graduating in the STEM disciplines is accelerating at almost twice the rate of the UNC system as a whole. The Business Journal, June 22, 2012.
Sponsored funding overview • Sponsored funding totaled $51.3 million in FY 2011
FY 2012 Sponsored FundingBy colleges and schools • Concentration: 92% of funding went to four units. • School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences • Division of Academic Affairs • School of Engineering • College of Arts & Sciences • Growth potential: Five academic units each accounted for 2% or less of total. • Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering • School of Business and Economics • Education • School of Technology • School of Nursing
FY 2012 Sponsored FundingBy types of funders • Concentration: 75% of funding came from three funders • U.S. Department of Agriculture • U.S. Department of Education • National Science Foundation • Growth potential: Major funding agencies under $1 million • U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development • U.S. Department of Energy • U.S. Department of Transportation • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Research overviewDivision of Research & Economic Development • Led by Dr. Barry L. Burks, Vice Chancellor. • Ph.D., Experimental Nuclear Physics, UNC-Chapel Hill • Total sponsored funding for FY2012: $51.3 million • North Carolina A&T ranks third in research funding in the UNC System, a position it has held each year since FY2005. • Behind UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University
Division of ResearchResearch Centers • Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures • Center for Aerospace Research • Center for Autonomous Control and Information Technology • Center for Composite Material Research • Center for Cooperative Systems • Center for Energy Research and Technology • Center of Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies • Center for Human-Machine Studies • Interdisciplinary Center for Entrepreneurship & E-Business • International Trade Center • NOAA Interdisciplinary Scientific Environmental Technology Cooperative Science Center
Focus on emerging fieldsApplying traditional strengths to high-impact issues • Bioengineering & biomedical research • Energy & environmental sciences • Functional foods and food technologies • Nanoengineering • National defense & homeland security • Social & behavioral sciences
Bioengineering & biomedical researchNSF Engineering Research Center • Developing technology for biocompatible, biodegradable medical implants • Magnesium and magnesium alloys • Reconstruction and regeneration • Craniofacial, orthopedic and cardiovascular applications • “Smart structures” with embedded sensors to receive signal triggering dissolution process when device has served its purpose
Bioengineering & biomedical researchNSF Engineering Research Center • N.C. A&T leads team that includes University of Pittsburgh, University of Cincinnati, Hannover Medical School (Germany) • Five-year, $18 million project, renewable for an additional five years. • Now beginning Year 5; funding in place for years 6-8. • Director: Dr. Jagannathan Sankar, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Bioengineering & biomedical research Bioengineering/Industrial & Systems Engineering • Nanotechnology in drug delivery and tissue engineering, Dr. Salil Desai, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Bioengineering & biomedical research Bioengineering Program • Department of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering • B.S. and M.S. degrees offered; Ph.D. program in development • Research focus • Biomaterials and biomechanics • Bioimaging, biosignals and biosensors
Bioengineering & biomedical research Biomedical research • Genetic and phenotype basis of Alzheimer’s disease and cerebral-vascular disease among African Americans, Dr. Goldie Byrd, Biology • Tumor virology and molecular carcinogenesis and toxicology, Dr. PerpetuaMuganda, Biology • Cancer research and education partnership with Wake Forest University • Project to synthesize and evaluate novel benzylidenes as prostate cancer chemopreventive agents, Dr. Marion Franks, Chemistry • Project to understand glioblastoma cell mobility and resistance to therapeutics, Dr. Patrick Martin, Biology
Functional foods & food technologiesCenter of Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies • Enhancing the safety of foods. • Extending their shelf life. • Identifying and preserving their health-promoting nutrients. • Located at North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis.
Functional foods & food technologiesCenter of Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies • Dr. Jianmei Yu • Elimination of peanut allergens (clinical trials under way) • Dr. Shengmin Sang • Ginger extract: bioavailability and lung cancer preventive effect • Diabetes: Dietary flavonoids as reactive carbonyl scavengers to prevent the formation of advanced glycation end products • Dr. Leonard Williams • MRSA: Determining the mode of action of selected phytochemicals and bioactive compounds against Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes and enterohemorrhagic E. coli (E. coli O157: H7)
Energy & environmental sciencesNSF CREST Biofuels Center • Fundamental research in advanced thermochemical biomass conversiontechnology for the efficient, economic production of liquid transportation fuels and hydrogen. • Three focus areas • Gasification • Nanocatalysts for the conversion of syngas to biofuel and hydrogen • High-purity hydrogen • Cross-cutting economics research and an education initiative also are included.
Nanoengineering Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering • Partnership between North Carolina A&T and UNC Greensboro. • A&T degree programs: PhD in Nanoengineering, MS in Nanoengineering • Located at Gateway University Research Park, South Campus
NanoengineeringJoint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering • Nanobioelectronics • Sample project: Cell-based Toxicity Assay-on-Chip for the Next-Generation CMOS Technology • Nanobiotechnology • Sample project: High Performance Computational Modeling and Enabling Technologies for Nano and Bio Systems and Interfaces • Nanomaterials • Sample projects: Nano to Continuum Multi-Scale Modeling of Cementitious Materials under Dynamic Loading • A Study of GaAsSb (gallium arsenide antimonide) Nanowires by Molecular Beam Epitaxy for Near Infrared Applications
National defense & homeland securityCenter for Advanced Studies in Identity Sciences • Also known as the Director of National Intelligence Science and Technology Center of Academic Excellence in Advanced Biometrics. • Applying “genetic and evolutionary biometrics” to reduce the number of data points and amount of computing power required for more accurate facial recognition. • Research focus includes face recognition, age progression, age estimation, and ocular recognition. • A&T leading consortium of Clemson, Shaw, UNC Charlotte and UNC Wilmington. • Funded by the Army Research Laboratory ($8.93 million, 5 years). • Director: Dr. Gerry Dozier, Chair, Department of Computer Science.
National defense & homeland securityBattle command systems research • Center of Excellence for Battlefield Capability Enhancements, led by Dr. Shanthi Iyer, Department of Nanoengineering (JSNN) • Center for Human-Centric Command & Control Decision Making, led by Dr. Celestine Ntuen, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
National defense & homeland securityCybersecurity • Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education • BEACON: Center for the Study of Evolution in Action brings together biologists, computer scientists, and engineers to study evolution as it happens and apply this knowledge to solve real-world problems, including computer security.
National defense & homeland securityAdditional research areas • Composite Materials Research • Spin-off company: Advaero Technologies, supplies high-strength, low-weight replacement parts for U.S. Marines CH-46 helicopter • Environmental Security • Physical, chemical, microbial remediation of soil and water • Food Security, Border Security, Infrastructure Protection
Social & behavioral sciencesDepartment of Human Development & Services • N.C. A&T Southeastern Center of Excellence in Trauma-Informed Care • Long-term clinic plan • Gender focus: Violence against women and girls • Cultural focus: Reducing disparities in exposure to, and impact of, violence and trauma through services that are culturally informed • Master’s program in Community Counseling (Clinical Mental health) • Master’s program in Rehabilitation Counseling • Ph.D. program in Rehabilitation Counseling in development • Funded by $1 million grant from U.S. Department of Education
Social & behavioral sciences Department of Leadership Studies • Ph.D. program • Established in 2005 • 31 graduates to date • Mostly part-time students • Quad-Continental Energy & Health Consortium • Regional center for leadership in healthcare
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