UNC system workshop on defense research set

UNC system faculty researchers and administrators will meet with the Department of Defense at North Carolina A&T State University next month to discuss how the universities can help the military meet its science and technology needs.

UNC system campuses conducted $30 million in research to support the Defense Department in fiscal 2010.  The UNC Defense Opportunities Workshop will feature representatives of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, DoD Medical and the research offices of the Air Force, Army and Navy, among other agencies.

The half-day workshop will be held on Wednesday August 3 at the Alumni-Foundation Event Center on the N.C. A&T campus.  It is open to faculty and administrators from the system’s 16 university campuses.  Online registration is available at http://www.sa-meetings.com/UNC-DoD. Log-in information is available from the chief research officer at each campus.

The goals of the event are to raise awareness across UNC institutions on defense research priorities and funding opportunities, to aid in identifying and pursuing such opportunities, and to facilitate networking among UNC investigators and defense research program managers.

“North Carolina A&T and the entire UNC system are producing new technology and new capabilities for soldiers in the field and those who support them,” said Dr. Celestine A. Ntuen, A&T interim vice chancellor for research and economic development.  “National security and defense is an emerging area of research expertise at N.C. A&T.  It’s a high priority, and we are very interested in learning how we can do more.”

N.C. A&T research projects in defense and security include the Center for Advanced Studies in Identity Sciences, the Center for Cyber Defense, the Center of Excellence for Battlefield Capability Enhancement, and the Center for Human-Centric Decision Making.

The workshop is being organized by the UNC system Office of Federal Relations, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and by IEM Inc., a Research Triangle Park firm that provides strategic and technological assistance to federal, state and local agencies.

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