Engineering students are organizing a statewide conference, “Sustainability in Transportation,” to be held Thursday September 26 at N.C. A&T.
The full-day event is targeted to practicing civil engineers and transportation engineers, other professionals, faculty and students. The event is being organized by the A&T student chapters of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Students from universities across the state will present their research. Participating schools include N.C. A&T, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina Charlotte.
The morning session, “Facility Construction and Maintenance,” will begin at 8:30 a.m. After lunch, the afternoon session, “Design and Planning,” will begin at 1 p.m. Lunch is included in the registration fee, $50 for active members of ASCE and ITE and $60 for nonmembers. Student admission is free.
Professionals will earn three professional development hours for each session.
The conference will be held on campus in Coltrane Hall (building 12 on this map), the Godfrey Room. Parking will be available in the Laurel Street Parking Deck (building 43 on the map).
Louis Judge, director of technology transfer, N.C. A&T
Louis Judge III, an accomplished innovator and leader in the Greensboro business community, has been named Outstanding MBA of the Year by the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA). Judge is Director of Technology Transfer at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
Judge will receive the award on September 13 at the association’s annual convention in Houston. The award recognizes an association member for, among other things, developing future leaders in the community and in the organization.
Judge’s career is highlighted by innovation and leadership in the community, at the university, and in the NBMBAA. Among his accomplishments are the creation of an annual jobs fair in Greensboro that has grown to more than 40 companies and universities participating and the establishment of N.C. A&T’s Innovation Challenge, an annual contest in creativity and ingenuity for students.
From a column by Dr. William Harvey, dean of the A&T School of Education, in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education:
“Would the civic atmosphere be less polarized at this point if our institutions of higher learning had presented themselves as appropriate forums for the national dialogue on race that President Clinton called for 16 years ago? Even now, when we examine the curricular offerings and supplemental co-curricular activities that are presented to our best and brightest young people, penetrating analyses of race, prejudice and discrimination are usually conspicuously absent.
“Trayvon Martin’s killing and George Zimmerman’s acquittal aren’t unusual. Quite the contrary. This tragedy mirrors hundreds, if not thousands, of similar incidents throughout the course of American history. Violence, including homicide, is a tool that White Americans have used since people of African descent first came to this country as a means of keeping us ‘in our place.’ This phenomenon, and the reasons behind it, remains largely unexamined in our colleges and universities.”
Click here for the entire column. It originally appeared on http://otherwords.org/
BVL has held events in such far-flung locales as Bratislava, Dubai, and Rio de Janeiro.
News of interest from The Business Journal:
“BVL International, a German-based global supply chain and logistics organization with more than 10,000 members, is establishing its first North American chapter in Greensboro, with plans to hold the group’s inaugural event on Aug. 12 at the headquarters of Volvo Group North America.
“The move by BVL to create the chapter in the Gate City is not only a recognition of the area as a supply chain hub but also a move to expand the organization’s footprint into North America. The organization will showcase the innovations of private sector companies such as Volvo but also highlight local assets such as the N.C. Center for Global Logistics and N.C. A&T State University.”
The full Business Journal article is here.
Click here for information on BVL International.
The NSF Engineering Research Center program is the one of the ultimate prizes in engineering research. A&T’s biggest research project is an ERC, the NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, now entering its sixth year.
A&T is also playing a smaller but interesting role in another ERC, the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power led by the University of Minnesota. That work has received attention from designworldonline.com, the online presence of Design World magazine:
“Unlike other members of the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power, North Carolina A&T State University does not work on improving fluid power technology; instead the mainly graduate level program focuses on the interaction between the technology and its human user.
“NCAT is involved with a CCEFP project focused around human performance modeling and user-centered design. The goal of this project is to develop a model that can be used to better understand the simultaneous cognitive and physical interactions that occur when operating complex fluid power systems. This model would then be used to design human-machine interfaces that are safer, easier to understand and more comfortable for the user.”
The full piece is available here. You can click here for the center’s website.
A&T, UNCG, WFU, and WSSU researchers are working on low-cost solar concentrators as a key to economically viable electricity generated from sunlight.
Four Triad universities are working together on a project to significantly reduce the cost of generating electricity from sunlight.
The Four Universities Solar Consortium is composed of scientists and engineers from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Wake Forest University, and Winston-Salem State University.
The team’s specific goal is to develop a low-cost solar concentrator that will make the production of electricity from sunlight economically viable and widespread.
To do that, the team will have to advance the science of using concentrated sunlight to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen and then develop a way to store the hydrogen on site for capacity leveling. “This further requires developing and integrating, through industrial partnerships, three important supporting technologies for mirrors, waste-heat recovery, and high-temperature photovoltaics and catalytic reactors,” the team’s proposal says.
The project was one of three finalists for a $100,000 grant from the four schools’ Triad Interuniversity Planning Project (TIPP). The provosts of the schools are funding the one-year project. Each finalist previously received a one-year TIPP planning grant of $20,000.
“We were betting in the planning phase that an acre of mirrors could be constructed more cheaply than an acre of efficient photovoltaics, and that the higher temperature of waste heat from concentrator systems will open routes for reclaiming some of it as electricity,” the team said in its proposal.
Newly revised N.C. A&T biosafety guide
The N.C. A&T Office of Research Compliance and Ethics has released a new edition of “Biological and Biohazardous Materials Safety Guide For Researchers,” the university’s comprehensive guide to biosafety.
The guide is available on the university website. It covers roles and responsibilities; biosafety requirements; biosafety levels; accidents, exposures,and spill response; and biohazardous waste pick-up.
Biosafety on campus is a joint responsibility of the university’s Biosafety Officer, Dr. Tonya Hargett, and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, headed by Ms. Louisa Thomas.