Daily Archives: January 13, 2012

Engineering & science: “The only safe careers”?

“… it’s important to realize that the faster technology transforms the world of work, manufacturing, energy, communication and all the rest, the more important it is to be one of the disruptors — a scientist or an engineer — than a worker in the fields being disrupted.”

An interesting argument, with charts, figures and links.  Do you agree?

Advaero: Trial of carbon composite successful

Advaero Technologies logoAdvaero Technologies, a nanotechnology spin-off of the N.C. A&T College of Engineering, has successfully completed initial trials of “a revolutionary carbon composite product,” the company has announced. The product is designed to make aircraft components lighter and less expensive.  It uses a new fabric technology and a new resin infusion process from Advaero.

“Utilizing Advaero’s novel resin infusion process, the higher strength-to-weight performance of this new composite and the projected lower processing costs are significant – making it particularly attractive and potentially a ‘game changer’ in the manufacture of commercial aircraft components,” the company said.

Advaero is working on the project with Stanford University’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Chomarat Textile Industries.  Dr. Ajit Kelkar, an A&T engineering professor and chairman of the Department of Nanoengineering at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, was a founder of Advaero.  The company is located at the Gateway University Research Park, South Campus.

The complete announcement is here.

NSF Day workshop at N.C. State on February 28

Poster for NSF Day at NCSU, Feb. 28, 2012An invitation from Dr. Terri Lomax, vice chancellor for research, innovation and economic development at N.C. State:

“We are pleased to announce that N.C. State University will host NSF Day on Tuesday, February 28, 2012.  The one-day workshop targets ‘researchers and educators less experienced in proposing to the NSF and others starting or restarting a research career,’ as well as experienced researchers and NSF grantees interested in receiving information from NSF directorate representatives.  We also look forward to networking with our colleagues from across North Carolina at the networking session following the formal presentations.

“Representatives from seven NSF directorates, the Office of International Science and Engineering, and the Office of Integrative Activities will make presentations on their programs and also be available in breakout sessions for discussions of potential research proposals.”

To see the agenda and to register, go to the N.C. State NSF Day website. Registration is $40 and ends on February 17.  For questions, contact Barbara Smith, besmith@ncsu.edu, 919 515-3639, or Sherry Bailey sbbailey@ncsu.edu, 919 515-1897.