Monthly Archives: September 2011

This week’s ERC-Bioengineering seminar: Becoming an entrepreneurial engineer

TOPIC: Create your Future: Become an Entrepreneurial Engineer

SPEAKER: Dr. Thaddeus McEwen, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Founding Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Entrepreneurship and E-Business, N.C. A&T School of Business and Economics.

WHEN & WHERE: Friday, 11 11:50 a.m., McNair Hall Auditorium (Room 240).  The ERC-Bioengineering seminar series is open to the community.

THE DETAILS: Society is experiencing unprecedented technological changes. Engineering is also changing, forcing engineers to have to function across disciplines.  Therefore, to be successful, an engineer must be able to think and act as an entrepreneur.  The presentation will discuss industry requirements, the many roles that engineers play, and the need for entrepreneurial skills for success in an existing business or in starting a company.  A general overview of the N.C. A&T Entrepreneurship Program, through the Interdisciplinary Center for Entrepreneurship and E-Business (ICEEB), and how it can help our engineering students develop entrepreneurial thinking will be presented.  Emphasis will be placed on the program components, including the strong experiential learning aspect, collaborative efforts with various engineering departments, and ideas for possible joint programs with the ERC to help students translate their research and other project ideas into viable business opportunities.

Poem by A&T poet/professor Valerie Nieman featured on PBS NewsHour series Weekly Poem

PBS describes the feature as “a special NewsHour series that couples profiles of contemporary poets with reports on news and trends in the world of poetry.”

Coming up: Nursing Research Day Conference

WHAT: School of Nursing’s 14th annual Research Day Conference: “Embracing Power, Passion and Pride in Healthcare.”

WHEN AND WHERE: Friday October 7, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Howard Allen Chubbs Family Enrichment Center, 1106 Tuscaloosa Street, Greensboro.

DETAILS: Healthcare professionals, students, faculty, and researchers are invited.  The program will emphasize practical, innovative, and timely research that impacts healthcare in local, state, national and international arenas. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Bettye Dennis, Nursing Department Chair, North Carolina Central University. The event is presented by the School of Nursing and the Mu Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

PAPERS AND POSTERS: Deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday September 16. Click here for the application form.  Abstracts are sought in any aspect of nursing health services, with an emphasis on translational research and evidence-based projects.

REGISTRATION: Fee is $20; student registration is $5.

TO REGISTER OR FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Dr. Sandra Blackstock, 334-7750,

The N.C. A&T grant of the month for August: $198,000 for social network analysis, simulation

The Sponsored Funding Report for August:

N.C. A&T received 18 grants totaling $4.93 million in August.

One highlight of August’s funding was a grant worth $198,482 from the National Science Foundation to Dr. Zhijun Zhan of the Department of Computer Science.  His co-investigator on the project will be Dr. Noshir Contractor, a distinguished professor at Northwestern University.

The project:  Social Network Analysis and Simulation Systems

The issue: The ability to conduct extensive analysis of social networks is needed by a wide variety of corporations, universities, hospitals, and government agencies. With the use of the mathematics of networks, scientists can begin to formulate the extremely convoluted, complex, nonlinear, and chaotic systems of social phenomena. It is only with such scientific understanding of social networks that we can even begin to optimize them for efficiency and productivity for social order and our economy. It is highly desirable to optimally address the resource geographical boundaries that lead to the optimal allocation of food and essential supplies, trade and the flow of capital, and the optimization of the access to education, etc.

Abstract: The research objective of this project is to build a social network analysis and simulation system through extensive study of different social networks using network entropy spectral metrics, fast cluster analysis algorithms, and eigenvalue analysis. The research explosion concerned with network theory and applications has made us aware that the understanding of networks is essential to the understanding and optimization of the vast range of social structures. Networks are pervasive as communication linkages, transportation systems, utility systems, financial transactions and currency flows, electrical computer circuit networks, biological networks, linguistic and anthropological cultural structures, and a spectrum of other composite and derivative networks often involving geospatial distributions. In this project, we will extensively study different social networks and develop a web-based Social Network Analysis and Simulation (SONAS) system.

The educational objective of this project is to produce significant education outcomes by integrating the following components into SONAS system project: (1) to establish a modern Social Network Simulation Laboratory in North Carolina A&T State University, (2) to recruit, train, and mentor motivated undergraduate students in social network analysis and simulations, and 3) to attract underrepresented students to pursue a career in computer science.

The complete list of grants received in August (xlsx file).

Six funding agencies to visit campus Monday

Faculty and graduate student researchers will have an opportunity to meet with six funding agencies at the Fall 2012 Partners in Research Forum on Monday.  Funders will include:

  • The Aerospace Corporation,
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research,
  • Army Research Office,
  • Environmental Protection Agency,
  • Honeywell, and
  • National Security Agency.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the lobby of Proctor Hall. Representatives of each organization will be available all day for informal meetings with researchers.  No registration or advance scheduling is required.

For more information, contact Wayne Szafranski, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Outreach and Economic Development, 334-7995.

Translational Research Workshop on Sept. 16

DETAILS: An event to introduce participants to the NC TraCS Institute and translational research – what it is, why it is important to community health, and how to become involved. The workshop will provide examples of successful translational research projects, a description of the services and programs offered by NC TraCS, and funding opportunities of interest.

DATE,  TIME AND LOCATION: Friday September 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Moses Cone Memorial Hospital, Classroom 29, 1200 North Elm Street, Greensboro.