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Forging Strategic Partnerships in

Environmental Systems, Biotechnology and Agricultural Research

for Space Applications

A working meeting held at

North Carolina State University

September 25, 2002

Hosted by the

North Carolina Space Initiative

participating institutions
University of Florida

North Carolina State University

UNC – Office of the President

NC A&T State University

UNC-Charlotte

UNC-Chapel Hill

UNC-Pembroke

Winston Salem State University

Research Triangle Institute

NC Technology Development Association

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Participating Institutions
purpose of today s meeting
Purpose of Today’s Meeting
  • To explore mutually beneficial collaborations among researchers in Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee in the context of two programs:
  • Environmental Commercial Space Technology Center (ES CSTC)
  • Space Biotechnology and Commercial Applications Program
today s agenda
Today’s Agenda
  • Welcome and Opening Remarks – Chris Brown
  • Overview of NASA Research in NC – Chris Brown
  • Overview of NASA Research at UF – Peggy Evanich
  • Environmental Systems Commercial Space Technology Center
    • Program Overview – Bill Sheehan
    • Solid Waste Recovery – Bill Sheehan
    • Air Revitalization and Water Recovery – David Mazyck
    • Other UF Research with ESCSTC Applications – Richard Yost
  • Break
today s agenda1
Today’s Agenda
  • Space Biotechnology and Commercial Applications Program
    • Program Overview – Peggy Evanich
    • Center for Space Agriculture and Biotechnology Research and Education (SABRE) – Rob Ferl
    • Integrated Smart Nanosensors for Space Biotechnology Applications – Toshikazu Nishida
    • Commercial Applications and University Partnerships for Space Biotechnology – Bill Sheehan
  • Lunch
  • Potential for Collaborations – All
  • Reconvene and Adjourn
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north carolina space initiative

a program of the kenan institute for engineering, technology & science

goals of the nc space initiative
Goals of the NC Space Initiative
  • To establish networks to facilitate collaborative projects
    • Fundamental and applied space research
    • Education in space science, engineering, business, and policy
    • Outreach and engagement
  • To compete for NASA / other funding
  • To apply space technology to issues of concern to our state and region
  • To attract space-related industry to our state and our region

To Make NC a Leading Space State

overview of selected nasa programs in north carolina
Overview of Selected NASA Programs in North Carolina
  • North Carolina State University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • Duke University
  • Research Triangle Institute
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

Moreland/Brown

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 NASA grants and contracts

STS 89, Jan 1998

Bell Tower at NCSU

Moreland/Brown

nc state involved with 4 nasa strategic enterprises and education

SeaWiFS

NC State involved with 4 NASA Strategic Enterprises and Education

Examples:

  • 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)

Moreland/Brown

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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

(Scott and Allen)

These Centers are one way NCSU

links with other organizations with like-minded goals

Moreland/Brown

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

Moreland/Brown

nc a t state university
NC A&T STATE UNIVERSITY
  • Comprehensive Land Grant University in Greensboro, NC with an enrollment of 8,300
  • Seven schools and colleges – Agriculture, Arts & Sciences, Business & Economics, Education, Engineering, Nursing, Technology
  • Undergraduate and Graduate programs with Doctoral programs in Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, and Industrial & Systems)
  • Top 5 HBCU’s in federal R&D obligations
  • Top 5 universities in NC in research productivity
  • Total program funding of $32M
  • Current portfolio of 277 projects at $129M

Psalmonds

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NC A&T is involved with 4 NASA Strategic Enterprises

Examples:

Aerospace Technology – Investigation of aero servo structural interactions in aerospace applications

Biological and Physical Research – Logistics in a food

production system using intelligent agents

Human Exploration and Development of Space – Performance modeling of a pilot in a free flight mode

Earth Science – A web based visualization tool for 3D/4D imagery and geospatial information

Psalmonds

tech transfer education and public outreach
TECH TRANSFER, EDUCATION and PUBLIC OUTREACH
  • NASA Southeast Regional Technology Transfer Center (http://dor.ncat.edu/ottc/serttc)
  • Integration of NASA Research into Undergraduate Education in Mathematics, Science, Engineering and Technology
  • NASA Space Grant College and Fellowship Program
  • NASA Sharp Plus Program
  • Ronald E. McNair Graduate Research Fellowship Program
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Student Researchers Program

Psalmonds

among the leaders
Among the Leaders
  • Now 20th in federal science & engineering support, and the only N.C. university in the top 20 (NSF)
  • First among public universities in the south in NIH funding (13th overall)
  • Among the top four public research universities in the nation (Lombardi et al., 2000)
  • 9th nationally in federal funding for fellowships, traineeships, and training grants
  • 42 of our graduate programs in the top 25
  • 11th in faculty members in national academies (35)

Lowman

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Left: Carbon nanotubes

Below: Otto Zhou’s lab

Research to understand carbon nanotubes, understand their intercalation chemistry, and evaluate them as potential energy storage devices.

Lowman

medical science has been important to nasa
Medical Science has been Important to NASA
  • Since 1989, NASA has supported Professor Mitsuo Yamauchi in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry
  • Studies have included biochemical changes of bone in a model of weightlessness and bone matrix changes during skeletal unloading and reloading

Lowman

nasa research activities at duke
NASA Research Activities at Duke
  • Prebreathe Reduction Protocol (PRP) Trials
  • Effects of Precipitation Variability and Desertification on Water Dynamics in Arid Lands: A Patch and Landscape Modeling
  • The Impacts of Land-Use/Land-Cover in Amazonia on Hydrometeorological Processes at Different Spatial and Temporal Scales
  • The Influence of Irrigation on Warm Season Precipitation in the Great Plains
  • Modeling of Unsteady Three-Dimensional Flows in Multistage Machines
  • The Mechanics of Flapping Flight
  • An Investigation of the Geometrical Scaling Properties of Inflatable Structures Used for Space Solar Power Generation

Hall

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Research Triangle Institute

RTI is an independent, non-profit research

organization of 1950 individuals in 115 disciplines

dedicated to improving the human condition

Winfield

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Forging Strategic Partnerships in

Environmental Systems, Biotechnology and Agricultural Research for

Space Applications

A working meeting held at

North Carolina State University

September 25, 2002

Hosted by the

North Carolina Space Initiative