Chancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr., and Dr. Jagannathan Sankar are among the Piedmont Triad leaders named to the “Most Influential People” list by The Business Journal of the Triad.
Martin was cited for his “ambitious agenda” to increase the university’s enrollment, research and engagement. Sankar earned his place on the list by virtue of the technology commercialization work recently initiated by the NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, of which he is director.
Other persons of interest on the list:
- Dr. David Carroll, Director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, Wake Forest University;
- George Clopton, Vice President of Supply Chain Operations, Ralph Lauren Corp., High Point, and board chairman, International Civil Rights Center and Museum;
- “Elder statesman” Henry Frye, now of counsel with the law firm Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard;
- Shirley Frye, chair of the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, vice chair of the N.C. A&T Foundation, and board member for the N.C. School of Math and Science and High Point University, among many others; and
- Dean Jim Ryan of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.
Two faculty researchers at N.C. A&T have been named 2014 Data Science Faculty Fellows by the National Consortium for Data Science.
The faculty members and their proposed research projects are:
- Dr. Rajeev Agrawal, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Systems Technology, Designing Sustainable and Domain-Neutral Next Generation Data Infrastructure to Advance Big Data Science, and
- Dr. Justin Zhan, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Community Detection on Big Networks.
Click here for abstracts of the projects. Each researcher will receive $30,000 to support their research. They are among five researchers awarded fellowships for 2014.
One of the Piedmont Triad’s key industries will receive two more years of education, research and workforce development from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a two-year renewal of funding for the Transportation Institute at N.C. A&T.
“The Triad’s excellent geographic position makes it a prime location for the transportation and logistics industry,” said Dr. Kathryn Dobie, director of the Institute.
“But continued job growth and business success require more than just great location. Technology and the challenges of our economy make transportation and logistics as complex and dynamic as any high-impact industry.
“Our goal is to help the industry – and related ones, like construction – to grow and thrive in its rapidly changing environment and to be as efficient and effective as it can be.”
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency: A straightforward name attached to a complex mission with more dimensions than you probably want to think about. Much of the agency’s research is conducted by universities, including N.C. A&T.
Dr. Marwan Bikdash, director of computational science and engineering at N.C. A&T, has conducted multiple research projects for the agency. His latest concerns the survivability of critical infrastructure, such as the highway system, power grid, water supply, and data networks.
“All of these are large networks that form our infrastructure, and they are designed and optimized essentially independent of each other,” Dr. Bikdash says. “However, in a severe situation, they interact in rather unpredictable ways that we don’t fully understand because we typically don’t design them together.”
DTRA features Dr. Bikdash and HBCUs in general in the podcast above, posted last week. DTRA produced the podcast; DORED added the images.
Dr. Scott Simkins, director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning at N.C. A&T
For any student who has struggled with getting the math to come out right in economics courses, help is on the way from N.C. A&T.
Dr. Scott Simkins, director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning at N.C. A&T, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $247,901 to develop online tools that students can use to improve their math skills in economics courses.
The project, “The Math You Need, When You Need It: Modular Student Resources to Promote Successful Integration of Quantitative Concepts in Introductory Economics Courses,” is led by Simkins, with co-investigators Dr. Mark H. Maier of Glendale Community College, Glendale, California, and Dr. Jeffrey Sarbaum of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
This NSF grant is the fourth in a series that Dr. Simkins has been awarded since 2000, totaling more than $1 million. Simkins and Maier have collaborated on each of the projects, which focus on the development, implementation, and sharing of innovations in economics. Much of their work has focused on adapting teaching innovations originally developed in other disciplines for use in introductory economics courses.
Dr. Guochen Yang, left, graduate student Michael King, and Odile Huchette, director of Reid Greenhouse at A&T, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in the Warnersville community of Greensboro (News & Record photo)
The Greensboro-High Point area was ranked second in a 2012 national report on food insecurity. The county Health Department started looking for solutions and was joined by a church, a nonprofit, and a UNCG professor. When N.C. A&T joined the project, everything was in place to address at least one of Greensboro’s “food deserts.”
A&T had just created the first undergraduate program in the nation for urban and community horticulture, as well as a master’s degree program emphasizing sustainable agriculture. The administration was also encouraging more community involvement for faculty members and students.
“We want to produce quality students who can go and get started right away on practical projects,” [Dr. Guochen] Yang said. “We want them to be ready to solve real-world problems.”
The News & Record has excellent coverage of the project.