Monthly Archives: April 2012

Videos from 2012 Urban Education Institute

This is one of a series of videos recently posted to YouTube to document the recent 2012 Urban Education Institute at N.C. A&T.   The title of the conference was, “African American Males in the STEM Professions: Strategies, Practices, Exemplars.”

This video features Dr. Edward Fort, former chancellor of A&T; Dr. Solomon Bililign, professor of physics; and Dr. John Slaughter, former director of the National Science Foundation.  Additional videos are listed on this YouTube page.

Advaero’s technology from A&T gaining notice

Cover of May-June 2012 issue of Composites Manufacuring magazineThe current issue of Composites Manufacturing magazine includes a report on Advaero Technologies’ “breakthrough” in the manufacture of a new carbon fiber capable of carrying 24,000 pounds in weight.

“Not only would this technology make composites competitive against metals, it could be an entry card for applications in new markets,” the magazine reports.

Advaero licenses its technology from N.C. A&T.  It was developed by Advaero co-founder Dr. Ajit Kelkar, A&T faculty member in the College of Engineering and chair of the Department of Nanoengineering at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.

The N.C. A&T grant of the month for March: $148,000 for autonomic small satellite systems

NASA logoThe Sponsored Funding Report for March:

N.C. A&T received 12 grants totaling $381,947 in March.

One highlight of March’s funding was a grant worth $148,078 from NASA to Dr. William Edmonson, Langley Professor of Electrical Engineering, for research in support of the cooperative agreement for the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA).

The complete list of grants received in March.

The project:  Edmonson is founder of the NIA Center for Reliable Autonomic Small Satellite Systems. The center performs research to increase the reliability of small satellites in the pico/nano/micro-class and to reduce the design-build-launch cycle from roughly 10 years to perhaps two.  Such satellites could weigh 50 kilograms or less.  They could perform a variety of functions, including earth monitoring, disaster management and space science.

One possible benefit could be providing cost-effective access to space due to the small volume and mass, thus allowing universities to develop, build, and launch such satellites as part of their research program.

NIA is a non-profit research and graduate education institute that conducts aerospace and atmospheric research and develops both new technologies and the next generation of scientists and engineers. In addition to N.C. A&T, its member institutions are Georgia Tech, Hampton University, N. C. State University, the University of Maryland, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation. NIA is a partner of the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

DORED thanks three remarkable students

Graduating seniors Felicia Lawrence, Kristin Terry, Ashley Hopper

Graduating seniors Felicia Lawrence, Kristin Terry, and Ashley Harper, who have made excellent contributions to DORED.

The Division of Research and Economic Development celebrated three of its most valuable staff members today, outstanding student workers whom we’re losing to graduation next month — Felicia Lawrence, Ashley Hopper, and Kristin Terry.

  • Ms. Lawrence is graduating summa cum laude in Journalism and Mass Communications.  She will be returning to her native Chicago to pursue a career in modeling.  She worked in the Office of Research Services. Among her projects for DORED was the 2012 research video; she shot and edited the video and provided the narration and most of the script-writing.
  • Ms. Harper is a deans list student majoring in liberal arts with a concentration in cultural change and social development.  She will return to A&T next fall to study speech-communication.  She worked in the Office of Sponsored Programs.  Her twin sister is graduating next month from UNCG, and their mother is graduating at the same time from from N.C. Central.
  • Ms. Terry is graduating summa cum laude in Industrial and Systems Engineering. She will join GE Transportation in Erie, Pennsylvania, after graduation. She worked in the Office of Technology Transfer.  She is a member of two engineering honor societies and received the Outstanding Senior Award in Industrial and Systems Engineering.

All three have made outstanding contributions to DORED’s support of A&T researchers, and they’ve been excellent colleagues. We look forward to following their progress in their careers.

Bioengineering camp for high school students

Flyer for Summer Bioengineering Camp at N.C. A&T

Click on the image for the application packet.

Future bioengineers will have a chance to get started while still in high school at the weeklong Summer Bioengineering Institute at N.C. A&T.

The program is open to rising 10th through 12th graders who are academically motivated and eager to practice engineering by turning new ideas into reality.

The institute will begin with a half-day orientation on Friday July 27 and continue from Monday July 30 through Friday August 3.  The fee is $75.  Registration is limited to just 20 students.  The deadline to apply is May 15.

In addition, promising rising 11th and 12th graders may apply for the six-week Young Scholars Program, a paid research experience, which will begin Monday June 25 and include the Bioengineering Institute.

The institute is an outreach program of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, which is based at N.C. A&T.  The center is developing biodegradable, biocompatible metal alloys for use in implantable medical devices for rehabilitation and regeneration.

The application is available at

New direct phone numbers for DORED

The Division of Research and Economic Development now has direct-dial phone numbers.  The main office line, 336 334-7995, is still available, but DORED staff members now can be reached directly as well. The division’s staff list has been updated with the new numbers on the DORED website.

Alzheimer’s research project supports walk