Monthly Archives: September 2013

A&T to host Caucus of Black School Board Members

The North Carolina Caucus of Black School Board Members will hold its Fall Retreat and Issues Forum at N.C. A&T this Thursday through Saturday, October 3-5.  The theme of the conference is “Reclaiming Public Education: The Civil Rights Issue of Our Time.”

“With North Carolina at a crossroad, and no longer a national model for educa-tional progress, our challenge as school board members and stakeholders is to continue to advocate for transformative leadership, thoughtful governance and civic engagement,” the event brochure states.

Speakers will include Justice Cheri L. Beasley of the N.C. Supreme Courtstate Rep. Garland Pierce; Christopher Hill, director of the Education and Law Project of the North Carolina Justice Center; and Dr. Forrest Toms, associate professor in A&T’s Department of Leadership Studies.

The event will run from Thursday evening through Saturday morning at the Alumni Foundation Events Center. Sponsors include N.C. A&T, the Department of Leadership Studies, and the Guilford County Schools.

For more information, click here for the event brochure.


‘NanoBio Launchpad’ at Gateway research park

Gateway University Research Park mapThe Gateway University Research Park has created space for use as a business incubator for nanobio start-ups. The “NanoBio Launchpad” is located at the park’s south campus in the building next door to the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN).

The 2,500 square foot space contains three offices, eight workstations and a shared laboratory.

From The Business Journal:

“Ideally, Launchpad occupants will be able to benefit from the close proximity to the JSNN and the new Nanomanufacturing Innovation Consortium, through which private-sector nano organizations gain access to the expensive equipment and brainpower at the school. In the best case scenario for Gateway, companies that get started in the Launchpad will grow into traditional space in the research park’s current and future buildings.”

The full Business Journal article is here.

The Launchpad is in the Research Facility One building. The building also contains the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service and East National Technical Support Center; Advaero Technologies, a N.C. A&T nanotech spin-off company; and Gateway’s administrative offices.

The Gateway research park and JSNN both are operated jointly by N.C. A&T and UNC Greensboro.

MIT professor to meet with A&T students, faculty, give talk on bioinspired materials

N.C. A&T undergraduates interested in pursuing graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will have an opportunity next week to talk with the chairman of MIT’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Dr. Markus Buehler, MIT

Dr. Markus Buehler

Dr. Markus Buehler will be on campus Tuesday September 24 to speak at the College of Engineering as part of  the Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series. His talk, “Bioinspired Materials,” will be given at 11 a.m. in the McNair Hall auditorium. A reception will be immediately after the talk in McNair 226.

He will meet with undergraduates at 3 p.m. in McNair 226 for a question-and-answer session on MIT graduate programs, internships, and other opportunities.

The talk and Q&A session are open to all A&T faculty, staff, and students.

Faculty members interested in individual meetings with Dr. Buehler  to discuss potential research collaborations should contact Dr. Ellie Fini of the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering.

Dr. Buehler is a professor and director of the Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics. He  is known for his work in multiscale modeling of hierarchical materials in linking experiment and computation to the design of novel materials. In 2010, he received the Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award for exceptional distinction in teaching and in research or scholarship, the highest honor given to  on young MIT faculty.

UNC Board of Governors members tour labs

Dr. Jagannathan Sankar speaks to members of the Board of Governors in the atrium of the Fort IRC.Dr. Jagannathan Sankar speaks to members of the Board of Governors in the atrium of the Fort IRC.
Dr. Jagannathan Sankar speaks to members of the Board of Governors in the atrium of the Fort IRC.Dr. Jagannathan Sankar, director of the Engineering Research Center, speaks to members of the UNC Board of Governors in the atrium of the Fort Interdisciplinary Research Center. Members of the board visited the ERC’s labs on a tour of the A&T campus today. Next stop: The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.

N.C. A&T engineering student groups organize conference on sustainability in transportation

Engineering students are organizing a statewide conference, “Sustainability in Transportation,” to be held Thursday September 26 at N.C. A&T.

The full-day event is targeted to practicing civil engineers and transportation engineers, other professionals, faculty and students. The event is being organized by the A&T student chapters of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Students from universities across the state will present their research. Participating schools include N.C. A&T, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina Charlotte.

The morning session, “Facility Construction and Maintenance,” will begin at 8:30 a.m. After lunch, the afternoon session, “Design and Planning,” will begin at 1 p.m. Lunch is included in the registration fee, $50 for active members of ASCE and ITE and $60 for nonmembers. Student admission is free.

Professionals will earn three professional development hours for each session.

The conference will be held on campus in Coltrane Hall (building 12 on this map), the Godfrey Room. Parking will be available in the Laurel Street Parking Deck (building 43 on the map).

A&T’s tech transfer director receives national honor

Louis Judge

Louis Judge, director of technology transfer, N.C. A&T

Louis Judge III, an accomplished innovator and leader in the Greensboro business community, has been named Outstanding MBA of the Year by the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA).  Judge is Director of Technology Transfer at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Judge will receive the award on September 13 at the association’s annual convention in Houston. The award recognizes an association member for, among other things, developing future leaders in the community and in the organization.

Judge’s career is highlighted by innovation and leadership in the community, at the university, and in the NBMBAA. Among his accomplishments are the creation of an annual jobs fair in Greensboro that has grown to more than 40 companies and universities participating and the establishment of N.C. A&T’s Innovation Challenge, an annual contest in creativity and ingenuity for students.

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