The NSF Engineering Research Center program is the one of the ultimate prizes in engineering research. A&T’s biggest research project is an ERC, the NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, now entering its sixth year.
A&T is also playing a smaller but interesting role in another ERC, the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power led by the University of Minnesota. That work has received attention from designworldonline.com, the online presence of Design World magazine:
“Unlike other members of the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power, North Carolina A&T State University does not work on improving fluid power technology; instead the mainly graduate level program focuses on the interaction between the technology and its human user.
“NCAT is involved with a CCEFP project focused around human performance modeling and user-centered design. The goal of this project is to develop a model that can be used to better understand the simultaneous cognitive and physical interactions that occur when operating complex fluid power systems. This model would then be used to design human-machine interfaces that are safer, easier to understand and more comfortable for the user.”