Category Archives: Research Week

The 2012 NC A&T Research Video

Tech entrepreneurs kick off Research Week 2012

High tech entrepreneurs kick off Research Week 2012

Technology entrepreneurs/executives Karim Salehmohammed of U.S. Green Energy, David Nackashi of Protochips Inc., Greg Bowers of Advaero Technologies, and Ed Calt of Integrated Biochem engage with N.C. A&T faculty, students and staff during a panel discussion of the university's role in innovation and applied research as part of the kickoff of Research Week 2012.


2012 Research Award nominees announced

Seventeen outstanding faculty members at N.C. A&T and three interdisciplinary teams have been nominated for the university’s 2012 Research Excellence Awards.

The awards honor top researchers at all levels of faculty.  This year’s program adds two new awards, for interdisciplinary team research and for intellectual property. The annual program is now in its 13th year.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday April 18 at the Research Excellence Awards luncheon on campus.

The nominees are all winners of the research awards in their school or college.  This year’s nominees are:

Senior Researcher of the Year

  • Dr. Dhananjay Kumar, College of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering;
  • Dr. Lyubov Kurkalova, School of Business and Economics, Department of Economics and Finance;
  • Dr. Stephanie Lusk, School of Education, Department of Human Development and Services;
  • Dr. Ram Mohan, Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Department of Nanoengineering; and
  • Dr. Musibau Shofoluwe, School of Technology, Department of Construction Management and Occupational Safety and Health.

Outstanding Junior Researcher

  • Dr. Lemuria Carter, School of Business and Economics, Department of Accounting;
  • Dr. Ellie Fini, College of Engineering, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering;
  • Dr. Yevgeniy Rastigeyev, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics;
  • Dr. Shengmin Sang, School of Agriculture, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Center of Excellence for Post-Harvest Technologies; and
  • Dr. Qing-An Zeng, School of Technology, Department of Electronics, Computer and Information Technology.

Rookie of the Year

  • Dr. Shyam Aravamudhan, Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Department of Nanoengineering;
  • Dr. Narayan Bhattarai, College of Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering;
  • Dr. Kathryn Kisska-Schulze, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management.

Interdisciplinary Team

  • The Economic Geography of Water and Agricultural Resources, Dr. Mark Burkey, team leader;
  • NOAA Interdisciplinary Scientific Environmental Technology (ISET) Cooperative Science Center (CSC), Dr. Solomon Bililign, team leader; and
  • NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, Dr. Jagannathan Sankar, team leader.

Intellectual Property

  • Dr. Kelly Graves, School of Education, Department of Human Development and Services, Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness.
  • Dr. Mitchell Henke, School of Technology, Department of Graphic Systems and Technological Studies, Folded Sheets of Material for Use as a Structural Member and Assembly Thereof.
  • Dr. Ajit Kelkar and Dr. Lifeng Zhang, Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Department of Nanoengineering, Novel Carbon Nanofibers, Yarns and Weaves from Electrospinning and Their Innovative Composite.

The selection committee for the awards is appointed by the chancellor.  This year’s committee consists of Dr. Shanthi Iyer, Department of Nanoengineering, chair; Dr. Anthony Graham, Department of Curriculum and Instruction; Dr. Kofi Obeng, Department of Economics and Finance; and Dr. Guoqing Tang, Department of Mathematics.

For a list of all previous Research Excellence Award winners, see the N.C. A&T Division of Research and Economic Development website.

Research Week 2012 schedule announced

2011 Research Award winners Dr. Fini, Dr. Li, and Dr. Worku

2011 Research Award winners Dr. Ellie Fini, Dr. Zhichao Li, and Dr. Millie Worku

The work of outstanding faculty members, undergraduate researchers and freshman innovators will be recognized during Research Week 2012 next month.

The events also will feature a graduate-student panel discussion and a morning focused on the university’s role in applied research. Keynote speakers will include Mr. Theodore Wood, intellectual property attorney in Washington, D.C., and graduate of N.C. A&T; Mr. Robert Bennett, CEO of US Green Energy Corp.; Dr. Solomon Bililign, professor of physics and director of the NOAA ISET CRC; and Dr. Shirley Hyman-Parker, associate dean for research in the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

The full agenda is here.  Highlights:

Innovation and Applied Research Day

  • Friday April 13
  • 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fort IRC, Room 410
  • Corporate panel: The University’s Role in Innovation and Applied Research
  • Lunch speaker: Mr. Robert Bennett, US Green Energy

Undergraduate Research Day

  • Monday April 16
  • 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Fort IRC, Room 410
  • Undergraduate poster presentations
  • Lunch speaker: Dr. Shirley Hymon-Parker, Associate Dean for Research, School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Graduate Research Day

  • Tuesday April 17
  • 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fort IRC, Room 410
  • Graduate student panel discussion
  • Lunch speaker: Dr. Solomon Bililign, Professor, Department of Physics; Director, NOAA ISET CRC

Research Excellence Day

  • Wednesday April 18
  • 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Alumni-Foundation Event Center
  • Research Excellence Awards luncheon, noon
  • Keynote speaker, Mr. Theodore Wood, Esquire, Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox PLLC, Washington, DC

Research awards nomination period now open; two new awards to be presented this year

Research Awards 2012 rules, guidelines and forms

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The nomination period for the N.C. A&T Research Excellence Awards 2012 is now open.  In addition to the Senior Researcher of the Year, Outstanding Junior Researcher and Rookie of the Year, there are two new awards this year:

  • The Interdisciplinary Team Award and
  • The Intellectual Property Award.

Nominations from departments to their school/college are due Thursday March 15. The school/college nominations are due to DORED on Thursday March 29.

Winners will be announced Monday April 9. They will be honored and receive their awards on Research Excellence Day, Thursday April 19, at the awards luncheon.

Full details — including eligibility rules, judging criteria and application forms — are available here (PDF).

The Division of Research and Economic Development encourages all colleges and schools to submit nominations. In the last four years, winners have come from five different academic units.

Thursday’s Research Appreciation Week agenda features Duke research dean, award winners

Thursday’s Faculty Research Day will feature two events of particular interest to researchers.  All faculty members — deans and department chairs in particular — are invited to a talk at 9 a.m. by a top research administrator at the Duke University School of Medicine.  Dr. Sally Kornbluth, the school’s vice dean for research, will speak on, “Managing research at the college/school level: Deans and chairs as enablers.”

Following Dr. Kornbluth’s talk, the three winners of the 2011 Research Excellence Awards — Dr. Millie Worku, Dr. Zhichao Li, and Dr. Ellie Fini — will give talks on their research.

All of the day’s events will take place at the Alumni-Foundation Event Center. The full schedule is here (PDF).

Today’s keynote speaker: Dr. David Carroll

One highlight of Graduate Student Research Day today will be the keynote talk by Dr. David Carroll, director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University. Dr. Carroll will speak at lunch, which begins at noon in the Fort IRC, Room 410.

Carroll is a professor of physics, adjunct professor of biomedical engineering,and adjunct professor of cancer biology.  He also serves as editor of the journal Engineering.  Professor Carroll’s research is focused on the synthesis, assembly, characterization, and applications of nanostructures.  He has published over 200 scholarly articles on nanotechnology and the nanosciences.  He has published a text book,  edited two books, and holds 12 patents.  Carroll has been actively involved in four spin-off companies utilizing technologies from his labs.

Abstracts for Student Research Day 2011

Students discuss their Student Research Day presentations this morning at the Fort Interdisciplinary Research Center.

Welcome to Research Appreciation Week at North Carolina A&T.  Twenty-seven students are scheduled to make oral presentations or present posters at today’s Student Research Day event (Fort IRC, Room 410, beginning at 8:30 a.m.).  Their abstracts are contained in this PDF document. Keynote speaker at lunch is Dr. Michael Cundall, director of the A&T Honors program — 11:45 a.m., Fort IRC, Room 410.

Official, complete and more or less final version of the Research Appreciation Week schedule

Next week is Research Appreciation Week, comprising Student Research Day on Monday, Graduate Student Research Day on Tuesday, Faculty Research Day on Thursday, and Corporate Research and Innovation Day on Friday.  Faculty and students alike are invited to attend each day’s events.  All events except the Research Awards Luncheon on Thursday are open to the campus and the community.  Schedules for each day are right here (PDF). Featured speakers include:

  • Dr. Michael Cundall, Director of the A&T Honors program;
  • Dr. David Carroll, Director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest;
  • Dr. Sally Kornbluth, Vice Dean for Research, Duke University School of Medicine;
  • Dr. Terri Lomax, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies, N.C. State; and
  • Mr. Meldon Hollis, Associate Director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Research Week registration deadlines extended for faculty and student posters, presentations

Deadlines have been extended for faculty research posters and student posters and presentations for Research Week.

Registration of posters for Faculty Research Day now closes on Thursday, April 7. Posters must be delivered to Room 312 Fort IRC by close of business on Friday, April 8.  Faculty Research Day is April 14.

Registration of posters and oral presentations for Student Research Day will now close on Monday, April 4 at 5:00 pm.  PowerPoints should be should be emailed to and are due on April 4. Posters must be delivered to Room 312 Fort IRC by close of business on April 4.  Student Research Day is Monday April 11.

The revised full agenda for Research Week (PDF).