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

College sites lack key features, researchers find

Research poster on media richness on university websites

Click on the image to see the research poster.

University websites are among the top information resources for high school students considering which school to attend, but many are lacking in the features that prospective students find most engaging.

A study by researchers at North Carolina A&T found that media richness — features that most closely resemble face-to-face communication — are widely lacking among a sample of 94 university homepages.

If university home pages don’t increase the media richness of their sites, they stand to lose students in the high-stakes recruiting game, the researchers say.

More details on the study are here.

The study was conducted by Adrian Gray, a junior in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications . Gray was assisted in the content analysis by journalism professors Kim Smith, Ph.D., and Arthea Perry, MFA.  Their project won first place in the university’s annual Undergraduate Research Day poster competition.

2012 Research Excellence Award winners

Drs. Aravamudhan, Bililign, Kelkar, Mohan, Fini and Kumar

2012 Research Excellence Award winners (from left) Shyam Aravamudhan, Solomon Bililign, Ajit Kelkar, Ram Mohan, Ellie Fini, and Dhananjay Kumar.

Five outstanding faculty researchers and an interdisciplinary team were honored Wednesday with Research Excellence Awards at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

This year marked the establishment of two new awards – the Interdisciplinary Team Award and the Intellectual Property Award.

These two categories reflect trends that are dramatically changing the work of university researchers, said Dr. Celestine Ntuen, interim vice chancellor for research and economic development.

“Interdisciplinary work is critical to success in today’s world of emerging and converging technologies,” he said.  “And intellectual property is now one of the most important elements of a university’s research enterprise.  It’s a key to our ability to have a positive, meaningful impact on the economic development of our community and our state.”

This year’s winners are:

  • Senior Researcher of the Year (tie): Dr. Dhananjay Kumar, Department of Mechanical Engineering; and Dr. Ram Mohan, Department of Nanoengineering.
  • Outstanding Junior Researcher: Dr. Ellie Fini, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering.
  • Rookie of the Year: Dr. Shyam Aravamudhan, Department of Nanoengineering.
  • Intellectual Property Award: Dr. Ajit Kelkar, Department of Nanoengineering.
  • Interdisciplinary Team Award: NOAA Interdisciplinary Scientific Environmental Technology Cooperative Science Center, Dr. Solomon Bililign, director.

(For more information on their accomplishments, see the long version of this post.)

The winners were selected by the Research Excellence Awards Committee, a group of five faculty members appointed by Chancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr.   The nominees are the winners of the research awards in the colleges and schools.

This year’s nominees

Senior Researcher of the Year:

  • Dr. Luba Kurkalova, School of Business and Economics
  • Dr. Stephanie Lusk, School of Education
  • Dr. Musibau Shofoluwe, School of Technology

Outstanding Junior Researcher:

  • Dr. Lemuria Carter, School of Business and Finance
  • Dr. Yevgeniy Rastigeyev, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Shengmin Sang, School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
  • Dr. Qing-An Zeng, School of Technology

Rookie of the Year:

  • Dr. Narayan Bhattarai, College of Engineering
  • Dr. Kathryn Kisska-Schultze, School of Business and Economics

Intellectual Property Award:

  • Dr. Kelly Graves, School of Education
  • Dr. Mitchell Henke, School of Technology

Interdisciplinary Team Award:

  • The NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, Dr. Jagannathan Sankar, director
  • The Economic Geography of Water and Agricultural Resources, Dr. Mark Burkey, director.

The 2012 NC A&T Research Video