Monthly Archives: November 2013

Martin, Sankar among Triad’s ‘Most Influential’

Cover of The Business Journal's "Most Influential People" sectionChancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr., and Dr. Jagannathan Sankar are among the Piedmont Triad leaders named to the “Most Influential People” list by The Business Journal of the Triad.

Martin was cited for his “ambitious agenda” to increase the university’s enrollment, research and engagement. Sankar earned his place on the list by virtue of the technology commercialization work recently initiated by the NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, of which he is director.

Other persons of interest on the list:

  • Dr. David Carroll, Director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, Wake Forest University;
  • George Clopton, Vice President of Supply Chain Operations, Ralph Lauren Corp.,  High Point, and board chairman, International Civil Rights Center and Museum;
  • “Elder statesman” Henry Frye, now of counsel with the law firm Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard;
  • Shirley Frye, chair of the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, vice chair of the N.C. A&T Foundation, and board member for the N.C. School of Math and Science and High Point University, among many others; and
  • Dean Jim Ryan of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.


2 researchers win fellowships for big-data projects

NCDS logoTwo faculty researchers at N.C. A&T have been named 2014 Data Science Faculty Fellows by the National Consortium for Data Science.

The  faculty members and their proposed research projects are:

  • Dr. Rajeev Agrawal, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Systems Technology, Designing Sustainable and Domain-Neutral Next Generation Data Infrastructure to Advance Big Data Science, and
  • Dr. Justin Zhan, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Community Detection on Big Networks.

Click here for abstracts of the projects. Each researcher will receive $30,000 to support their research. They are among five researchers awarded fellowships for 2014.

Transportation Institute receives renewal of funding to continue serving one of the Triad’s key industries

One of the Piedmont Triad’s key industries will receive two more years of education, research and workforce development from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a two-year renewal of funding for the Transportation Institute at N.C. A&T.

“The Triad’s excellent geographic position makes it a prime location for the transportation and logistics industry,” said Dr. Kathryn Dobie, director of the Institute.

“But continued job growth and business success require more than just great location. Technology and the challenges of our economy make transportation and logistics as complex and dynamic as any high-impact industry.

“Our goal is to help the industry – and related ones, like construction – to grow and thrive in its rapidly changing environment and to be as efficient and effective as it can be.”

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Defense Threat Reduction Agency highlights Bikdash project and HBCUs’ research skills

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency: A straightforward name attached to a complex mission with more dimensions than you probably want to think about. Much of the agency’s research is conducted by universities, including N.C. A&T.

Dr. Marwan Bikdash, director of computational science and engineering at N.C. A&T, has conducted multiple research projects for the agency.  His latest concerns the survivability of critical infrastructure, such as the highway system, power grid, water supply, and data networks.

“All of these are large networks that form our infrastructure, and they are designed and optimized essentially independent of each other,” Dr. Bikdash says. “However, in a severe situation, they interact in rather unpredictable ways that we don’t fully understand because we typically don’t design them together.”

DTRA features Dr. Bikdash and HBCUs in general in the podcast above, posted last week. DTRA produced the podcast; DORED added the images.