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3.3.1.4 Assessment of Research

The institution identifies expected outcomes, assess the extent to which it achieves these outcomes,and provides evidence of
improvement based on analysis of the results in each of the following areas: research within its educational mission, if
appropriate.

Responsible Unit: Division of Academic Affairs/IPAR

Compliance Judgment

Compliance

Narrative

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&TSU) is a public, land-grant, high research activity university
committed to fulfilling its fundamental purposes through exemplary undergraduate and graduate instruction, scholarly and
creative research, and effective public service. The University aspires to be the premier interdisciplinary-centered university in
America that builds on its comparative advantages in engineering, technology, and business; a strong civil rights legacy; and
status as an 1890 land-grant institution.

The interdisciplinary-centered university envisions its role to serve the needs of individuals and groups who seek continuous
opportunities for intellectual stimulation and growth. Utilizing the traditional disciplines and technological resources, this
University fosters excellence in communication, enhances critical thinking, conducts research, and transmits new knowledge to
a community that seeks to improve the quality of life for all in the 21st century.

The mission statement for North Carolina A&T State University defines the University's role for the 21st Century: The University
exists for a society that is committed to research, knowledge and service to humankind [1].

The University's research efforts are administered by the Division of Research and Economic Development (DORED), which is
headed by the Vice Chancellor and consists of four departments [2]:

  • Office of Research Services
  • Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Office of Research Compliance
  • Office of Outreach and Tech Transfer

Office of Research Services

Mission: The mission of the Office of Research Services is to support faculty as they prepare proposals for sponsored programs.
The Office aims to increase competitiveness for funding by assisting in identifying appropriate funding opportunities, writing
proposals, preparing budgets, and by providing training for faculty and grant administrators. Research Services also facilitates
development of interdisciplinary research programs.

Finding Funding: Research Services sends out funding notices to faculty on a daily basis. Faculty members have been identified
as to their research area interests and expertise and funding opportunity notices in those areas are sent to them. Research
Services used the following databases to identify funding opportunities that fall within the University's technological capabilities:

o Community of Science

o SPIN

o Grants.Gov

o Federal Agencies Funding Links


Proposal Development: Developing a complete proposal can be a daunting task, especially for beginners. Research Services
offers resources and technical assistance in writing proposals and developing budgets.

RESEARCH SERVICES

FY06

FY07

FY08

FY09

(7/1 - 6/30)

(7/1 - 6/30)

(7/1 - 6/30)

(7/1 - 6/30)

Funding:

Funding Opportunities Identified

424

1235

1699

1759

Funding Searches for Faculty

15

52

24

39

Total

439

1287

1723

1798

Proposal Assistance:

Proposal Development Consults

10

46

60

Proposals Edited

35

41

62

50

Reports Edited (Final & Interim)

8

3

12

Proposals Researched

0

1

2

Proposals Written

0

4

2

Comprehensive Proposal Assistance

 

 

4

2

Total

35

59

120

128

Budget Assistance:

Proposal Budget Reviews

245

240

155

160

Budget Consultations

28

0

61

48

Budget Revisions (Line Item Changes)

388

365

310

350

Budget Creates (New, Incremental Funds)

21

100

96

113

Total

682

705

622

671

Faculty Training: (# Attending)

New Faculty Orientations

41

35

51

21

Lunch & Learn Sessions

91

117

71

93

Special Events

71

67

39

13

Department Training

110

14

9

Mandatory PI Training

 

 

281

N/A

Total

203

329

456

136

Graduate Research Assistant Training:

Fall

N/A

21

51

66

Spring

N/A

60

53

44

81

104

110

 

Over the past four years, since the inception of Research Services, the department has done over 5,000 searches and provided
that information to faculty. It has provided training for over 1,100 principal investigators and 300 graduate research assistants.
The technical grant writer has assisted faculty with nearly 350 proposals and the budget manager has reviewed over 2,600
budgets for proposals and awards.

Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP): The OSP functions to provide information and knowledge to ensure compliance with
federal and state laws and UNC policies, to clarify submission procedures and processing of awards for external sponsored
program funds, and to ensure a uniform administrative process among the constituent UNC institutions.

This Office assists with

a. the development and processing of proposals for sponsored projects, including submission to funding agencies and

b. the administrative management of the award throughout the life of the project.

OSP promotes a customer-service atmosphere to support faculty and staff at NCA&TSU in their pursuit, administration and
implementation of external funding. Over the last five years, OSP has submitted an average of 351 proposals for $164,542,392.

Fiscal Year

Number of Proposals

Amount

2005

374

$ 234,357,220.50

2006

383

$ 142,529,219.98

2007

348

$ 150,777,667.50

2008

306

$ 105,871,709.39

2009

345

$ 189,176,140.84

Research Compliance

The Compliance Office coordinates the administrative business of four research review committees:

Our Mission is provide exceptional service as a liaison for researchers, study participants, federal agencies, and the research
committees to ensure efficient processes related to the ethical conduct of research at North Carolina A&T State University. The
Compliance Office supports sponsored and non-sponsored research for the University.

Researchers can contact the Compliance Office for assistance in the application process, interpretation of committee guidelines,
and locating information to assist with protocol development.

Study Participants may contact the Compliance Office regarding their rights while participating in research studies. Researchers
themselves should be contacted for information regarding their particular research study.

Adverse Events, Unanticipated Problems, and Research Misconduct reporting may be facilitated through the Compliance
Office and according to all applicable university policies.

Each year, charge letters for each committee are sent to the Vice Chancellor for approval and then to the Chancellor for signature.

FY2009 reports:

IRB: Total Protocols 196 initial reviews

38 continuing reviews

31 amendments

Federalwide Assurance was update this year with a renewal due in 2010 which will be done electronically.

 

IACUC Total Protocols 11 initial reviews

5 continuing reviews

The semi-annual evaluation and program inspections were completed in June.

The IACUC assurance has received full approval and the renewal is due in 2011.

IBC: Total Protocols: 4 initial protocols

2 continuing protocols

0 modifications

Office of Outreach and Technology Transfer

The Office of Outreach and Technology Transfer (OTT) mission is to identify promising technologies that arises from
world-class research conducted on the campus of NC A&T. This enables OTT to connect industrial/commercial partners with
NC A&T's expertise, new products and opportunities for continuing development while simultaneously providing technology-driven
business and economic benefits to the regional and state economies. The OTT is entrusted with the university's Intellectual
Property portfolio and works directly with faculty, staff and students to build a pipeline of novel products and concepts with
commercial value.

What We Do

Technology transfer is accomplished at NC A&T through either of three processes for realizing public use of our research derived
technology.

  • Where sufficient, OTTC licenses its available technology to interested commercial partners.
  • Second, OTT further realizes its mission of providing technology assessment services to the NC A&T community.
  • Third, OTT facilitates the creation of new commercial entities based on its technology.

Why We Do It

The OTT is committed to being a world-class model of excellence in land-grant university technology licensing and
commercialization in a manner that allows the University to:

  • demonstrate tangible benefits of North Carolinian taxpayers' support for fundamental research
  • attract faculty and students
  • generate industrial support of research
  • realize revenue for reinvestment in the research enterprise
  • create new job opportunities for graduates

How We Do It

The procedure of Technology Transfer begins with best-in-class research and development programs to commercially available
products and services.

What is the technology transfer process? In general, the process begins with your completing the appropriate Invention
Disclosure form found above. In addition to addressing some specific technical and economic assessments of the technology in
question, you will also need to secure signatures from your dean (if a student, you will need your research managing faculty
member's signature as well). After you submit your completed Invention Disclosure form to our office, the OTT Licensing
Associate handling your case will send you a confirmation letter and establish an IP assessment review session with you.

Please DO avail yourself of the online literature search resources in connection with your Invention Disclosure. You should expect
to spend a few hours at the library either on NC A&T's F.D. Bluford Library, UNC (NC live) and/or United State Patent and
Trademark Office (USPTO) online database librarian searching for inventions similar to your own. It is very important at this
stage that you search for other material which is the same, or most similar, to your invention.
This is an important early step
in assessing how broad, if any, the available patent protection for your invention would be.

With this information in hand, you will then meet with your Licensing Associate to discuss the potential patenting and licensing of
your invention.

What is an Invention Disclosure? An invention disclosure is a written record of a complete description of the invention and how it
is made and used containing sufficient detail to permit a skilled reader to duplicate the invention and to describe the basic nature
of the invention to an inexperienced reader. The essential elements of a disclosure are a complete description of the invention,
the inventor's dated signature, and dated signature of witnesses who fully understand the invention.

A disclosure serves three different purposes at the University:

1. Serves as a vehicle for communication within the University to describe the invention to the Office of Technology Transfer (to
initiate the evaluation process) and the Intellectual Property Committee (for recommendations on ownership, patenting and
licensing actions).

2. Provides preliminary information to patent attorneys for a patent search and forms the basis of the patent application.

3. Serves as a witnessed invention record to help establish date of conception and/or reduction to practice in the event of a patent
interference action. Witnesses serve to corroborate the inventor in case of a patent interference action; the use of more than one
person as a witness will be available if needed at a later date.

When do I disclose?

Disclose first, publish later. While publications are important in disseminating information about discoveries, the time of
publications may prohibit patenting. In the U.S. an inventor has a grace period of one year to file an application after disclosure
through publication. If, however, a development is published before the filing of an U.S. patent application, patent rights in most
foreign countries are lost.

A patent is a special type of publication which describes the invention to the public in exchange for protection against unauthorized
use. If the invention already has been published (that is, in the public domain), the inventor, in effect, had nothing to exchange for
the patent protection.

Publication in the legal sense is difficult to avoid. Articles in newspapers, newsletters, bulletins, textbooks, journals, theses and
report all qualify as publications. Oral presentations may constitute publication, as would distribution of a paper at a public
meeting. The key test is that the publication must be enabling - it must describe the invention in sufficient detail that it could be
duplicated or put into use.

Disclose your idea to the Division of Research as soon as the invention is clearly conceptualized. The best advice is to
consider any presentation outside your institution, whether oral or written, as a public disclosure and contact the Division of
Research for specific advice on the timing and ramifications of publication.

When is a Copyright appropriate? A copyright is a legal mechanism that provides a creator of works of art and literature the right
to control how his or her work of art or literature is disseminated. Copyright protects the expression of ideas, not the ideas
themselves. The author or creator has intangible exclusive rights over their work, including the right to reproduce, distribute, adapt
or perform the work. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works.

The primary elements of NC A&T SU's "Copyright" concepts fall into two board categories:

  • Category 1, the External Source Infringement Protection category - addresses the so-called "Fair Use" doctrine; and,
  • Category 2, (Researcher) Copyright (IP) Ownership is actually dependent upon which subgroup of faculty scholarly enterprise
    any member of the A&T community's work would most appropriately be judged to fall into. These may be grouped into matters
    of:
    • Traditional Work (Non-Directed)
    • Directed Works
    • Extraordinary Traditional Work
    • Distance Learning Materials
    • Sponsored Works
    • Software
    • Work for Hire

Here's how these issues are typically viewed and decided.

Type of Work

Ownership

Academic or Traditional Work (Non-Directed)

Faculty Owns it

Directed Works

University/Institution Owns it

Extraordinary Traditional Work

Faculty Negotiates "Cost Recovery"
(based on % contribution)

Distance Learning Materials

Joint Ownership

Sponsored Works

Sponsor

Software

University
(Faculty MAY retain non-exclusive license)

Work for Hire

Institution

What is a patent? A patent is a property right granted by a sovereign nation which gives the holder the exclusive right to exclude
others from the manufacture, use, and sale of an invention for a period of years.

A patent can be thought of as a contract between the inventor and the government. In exchange for the inventor's disclosure of a
new invention to the public, the government grants the inventor the right to exclude others from making, using or selling the
defined invention. As property, a patent may be sold or assigned, pledged, mortgaged, leased (licensed), willed, or donated. Commercialization may be accomplished by the owner exercising the rights referred to above, or by permitting others to exercise
rights under the terms of one or more licenses.

To be patentable, an invention must be judged to satisfy three criteria:

  • Novelty - To be patentable an invention must be "new". Even though an invention is new to the inventor, it is not patentable if
    another inventor made the same discovery earlier. If it has been used or sold, or known by others, patented, or disclosed in a
    printed publication, or in public use, a new patent is barred.
  • Utility - The invention must be of some degree of use for some purpose that is no immoral.
  • Non-obviousness - Mere simplicity does not bar a patent. However, the invention must not be obvious to a person who has
    ordinary skill in the art at the time the invention was made and is aware of previous work in the field.

Patents and Invention Disclosures: The University currently has 19 patents issued, 28 patents pending, and 93 invention
disclosures.

Centers & Institutes:

Creating and developing partnerships with private and corporate sponsors, educational institutions, and federal and state
agencies is an important pathway to fulfill the mission of the University. Centers and institutes are representative of how this
process is maximized. Centers and Institutes are usually multidisciplinary, have an important educational component, and may
be established when a collection of faculty have secured long-term funding commitments to pursue unique research, public
service, and/or instructional endeavors.

University Centers (Centers approved according to University policies)
Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures
Center for Autonomous Control and Information Technology
Center for Composite Material Research
Center for Cooperative Systems
Center for Energy Research and Technology
Center for Human-Machine Studies
Interdisciplinary Center for Entrepreneurship & E-Business
International Trade Center
Interdisciplinary Scientific Environmental Technology Cooperative Science Center (ISET)

Collaborative Centers (Centers in which the University is a member but operated by other organizations/universities)
North Carolina Agromedicine Institute
National Institute of Aerospace

Project Centers/Projects (Centers/Projects funded by sponsoring agencies)
Center of Excellence for Battlefield Capability Enhancement
Center for Human-Centric Command & Control Decision Making
DISA MITSS-II Program

Research Clusters [3]

To capitalize upon its research strengths, NCA&TSU developed eight core Research Cluster areas:

  • Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
  • Biotechnology & Biosciences
  • Computational Science & Engineering
  • Energy & Environment
  • Information Sciences & Technology
  • Leadership & Community Development
  • Logistics & Transportation Systems
  • Public Health

 

The Clusters are interdisciplinary in nature, involve several schools and/or colleges, and have a direct tie to a graduate program
or academic institute.

The synthesis of teaching and research is fundamental to North Carolina A&T State University. To that end, the Division of
Research & Economic Development (DORED) maintains a balanced and diverse portfolio of basic and applied research
programs. These programs are tied to the undergraduate and graduate programs at the University. However, as a high research
activity university, NCA&TSU seeks to effectively integrate research into all aspects of the campus. Research and economic
development must become as fundamental to the university as teaching.

The Strategic Plan for Research [4]: The Division of Research & Economic Development (DORED) administers and
manages research, sponsored programs, outreach and economic development for the University. Headed by the Vice Chancellor
for Research & Economic Development, the division is made up of the Vice Chancellor's management team, the Office of
Sponsored Programs, the Office of Technology Transfer and Outreach, the Office of Compliance and the Office of Research
Services. The DORED coordinates interdisciplinary funding opportunities among the University's colleges and schools and
assists in transforming research into viable economic opportunities. Continuing to build on its marketable strengths in eight core
research areas, the research enterprise at North Carolina A&T is consistently recognized as competitive and valuable locally,
state-wide and nationally. The Division of Research and Economic Development's mission is to increase research through
enhanced faculty participation and to aid in transforming and transitioning more of the University's research into new products and
jobs for economic development. True to that mission, the DORED works aggressively to expand the University's relationship
among research sponsors, develop relationships with the larger community and enhance the University's competitiveness in the mainstream.

Goal

Increase scholarly and creative research consistent with our status as a "high research activity" institution that addresses
significant regional, statewide, national and global issues.

Objectives

1. Foster an environment that encourages interdisciplinary research

An environment that encourages interdisciplinary research emphasizes societal priorities such as education, energy,
transportation, and health. Recognizing the need to maintain, enhance and expand the University's position as a leading
research institution, key partnerships must continue to be established with federal agencies, business and industry. Centers
and institutes currently on the campus must play a pivotal role in enhancing the University's position. New centers and institutes
must be formed to complement existing graduate programs and to support new programs as they are developed.

2. Increase faculty participation in research

Active involvement by the entire faculty is essential to the growth of the research profile of the university. Currently, less than half
the faculties are active in research. Providing incentives and support for the currently inactive faculty members is key in the plan
for growth in the division of research. Additionally, recognition and promotion of newsworthy research and economic development
events will assist in enhancing faculty participation.

3. Strengthen linkages between research and academic programs

Close linkages between research and degree granting academic programs is important to allow faculty and students to
participate fully in enhancing research productivity. Further, it is imperative to engage undergraduate students in research.
Undergraduate research will educate students to embrace the holistic approach needed in this evolving world. Students must be
taught to think broadly across disciplines and to consider the human dimensions that are in each challenge and problem to be
solved.

4. Foster Economic Development and Engage Community Stakeholders

Over the last five-six years, the division of research has increased its role in regional economic development. The creation of
local start-up companies and its potential for high paying jobs is an obvious result of this activity. Continued growth in economic
development through community engagement will remain a priority.

Action Strategies/Activities

  • Provide timely and accurate information on research opportunities
  • Offer additional incentives to researches who work collaboratively.
  • Provide mentors to junior faculty members
  • Provide training to faculty (grant writing courses, lunch & learn seminars, new faculty orientations)
  • Provide the ability to capture proposal information and track it as institutional information from concept to completion of a
    research project
  • Provide a forum for state and community leaders, agency officials, business and industry to interact with university researchers
  • Provide infrastructure to support and promote research.
  • Plan a core facility that houses high end equipment for use by all schools and colleges (centrally managed and offers
    experiential learning for students)
  • Accelerate the development of additional research spaces in the various schools/colleges
  • Enhance Post-Award Management (e.g. C&G, Purchasing, facilities support, etc)
  • Publicize the research efforts of faculty
  • Participate in economic development and outreach activities
  • Promote undergraduate and graduate student research opportunities with industry and governmental agencies
  • Increase the visibility of NC A&T researchers and their work through publications in journals such as Science and Nature
  • Work with the Provost to increase the number of academic programs that grant MS and PhD degrees
  • Increase funding for students doing research using the overhead money
  • Create a Community of Research whereby research and academic discovery are infused throughout each School on campus
  • Promote and support interdisciplinary research collaboration within the academic community and the community at large
  • Seek new partnerships in targeted strategic areas (e.g., biotechnology, food sciences, public health/health disparities,
    energy, etc)
  • Functionalize research clusters as models of internal partnerships as well as capabilities to attract and sustain external
    partnerships
  • Create a focused strategic plan for the creation of a non-profit NC A&T Research Foundation (501-c-3) to streamline research
    and economic development activity
  • Structure venture development partnerships to accelerate the commercialization of intellectual property and growth of
    university-based ventures
  • Provide resource base for local business community (partnerships, student internships, joint-projects, consulting, etc)
  • Help local business secure funding for R&D through Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Small Business
    Technology Transfer (STTR), and other sources
  • Promote and participate in business development show cases/competitions in the region
  • Make graduate assistantships available to more graduate students each year

Expected Outcomes

  • Research funding will increase
  • More faculty members from diverse disciplines will perform research collaboratively
  • Research activities will be integrated with academic programs
  • Economic development will increase resulting in increased job opportunities

Success Indicators/Performance Metrics

  • Increase the number of interdisciplinary proposals submitted by 5% each year
  • Increase faculty participation in clusters by 5% each year
  • Increase research funding an average of 3% over the next five years
  • Develop at least two large, multi-year proposals each year
  • Implement other modules of the Research Administration software to handle technology transfer and compliance.
  • Publish two articles each month about A&T researchers, graduate and/or undergraduate student research and/or economic
    development activities
  • The number of invention disclosures, licenses and university startups will increase by 3% each year
  • Partnerships with government and private labs will increase by 2% each year.
  • Increase the number of graduate assistantships by 2% each academic year.
  • Increase the number of summer research interns by 3% each year
  • Increase funding of undergraduates participating in research programs and University centers/institutes by 3% each year

Resource Needs

  • Faculty positions
  • Tuition funds for graduate students
  • Funds for building construction
  • Funds for equipment maintenance

 

Student and Faculty Research Programs: A part of the strategic plan for Research is to encourage and facilitate the research
enterprise at both student and faculty level. To accomplish this, DORED sponsors two types of summer research programs:

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

  • Exposes students to research and attracts them to pursue graduate education, hopefully at A&T.
  • Open to students who are members of the University's Honors Program
  • Students are assigned to work with a faculty mentor from one of the Division's eight research cluster areas, or they can
    request to continue working on a research project already in place, with a faculty mentor of their choice. The applications
    process is as follows:

- 3.5 GPA and above

- A one- two page essay outlining interests, future aspirations and why they are interested in this opportunity

- Recommendation letters from 2 faculty members

Summer Faculty Fellowships

  • DORED offers 8-10 research fellowships for faculty each summer.
  • The faculty fellowships last for six weeks.
  • The purpose of the fellowships is to allow faculty to write proposals, expand or change their field of work, and/or write
    refereed publications. Each fellow is assigned to one of the 8 Research Clusters.
  • Nominations are made by the Deans based on the following criteria:

Ø Faculty should be in tenured or tenure-track positions

Ø A one- two page description of what their goals are during the fellowship. In general at the end of their 6 week fellowships they
would have either written a proposal to be funded or a paper for submission to a refereed journal.

Ø A vitae.

Ø Two letters of reference

  • Faculty members are paid for the 6 weeks based on their normal 9-month salary.

Research Administration Tools

RAMSeS@NCAT - Internal Submission to the Office of Sponsored Programs [5]:

In response to the need for a research administration tool, the University of North Carolina General Administration selected the
system developed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the standard for the UNC system and required that all 16
universities adopt this system and implement it by September 2009. A&T was the second university in the UNC system to adopt
and implement RAMSeS (Research Administration Management System & eSubmission).

Effective July 1, 2008, NCA&TSU began using this new electronic research administration system called RAMSeS@NCAT, which
is administered by the Division of Research and Economic Development (DORED). RAMSeS is a "cradle-to-grave" research
proposal and award management system that provides a full-range of functionalities, from pre-award (creation and electronic
routing of new proposals, including electronic departmental approval and Principal Investigator certification) through post-award
(account set up and award management), and also serves as a data repository with a comprehensive reporting functionality.

Proposals are now submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs through RAMSeS which allows the office to retain an
electronic copy of all documents associated with proposals and awards. This also allows the Principal Investigator (PI) to post
drafts of the proposal and budget for review by Research Services.

This is a web-based system that is accessible through the internet and will result in time and effort efficiencies.

URL: https://ncat.myresearchonline.org/ramses/

There is a link for RAMSeS on DORED's homepage. Any A&T employee may log into the system using the email handle and
password.

The solicitation, proposal, budget, budget justification, letters of support and other documents can be uploaded in the
Attachments section within the system. Departmental and School/College approvals are routed electronically. Only members of
the Research Team can see the proposal.

The Division of Research offers training sessions for Principal Investigators and approval training sessions for chairs and deans.
Individual and small group sessions are available.

Inasmuch as RAMSeS provides a full range of functionalities and may be readily adapted and customized to meet the needs of
other institutions, UNC General Administration (GA) is requiring that it be implemented across UNC's 17-school system by
September 2009. NCA&TSU was the second school to implement the new research administration system which is moving the
University toward a paperless environment. Having RAMSeS in place will benefit the UNC system by not only providing
standardization across all campuses, but also by greatly streamlining and improving its data collection and reporting efforts.

The University has also implemented systems for Technology Transfer (BLUE) [6] and Institutional Review Board
management of protocols for research involving human subjects (IRBIS) [7].

The University's commitment to research is expressed in its long-term strategic plan which set a goal to achieve $40 million in
sponsored research activity by August 2007. This goal was met in June 2007 with $41, 570,077, and the University has continued
its growth to $57,734,040 in 2009. NCA&TSU remains third in the UNC system in terms of research dollars for its sponsored
programs.

Fiscal Year

Number of Awards

Amount

2005

268

$ 35,553,928.68

2006

266

$ 38,641,957.50

2007

213

$ 41,579,077.40

2008

225

$ 45,821,166.06

2009

212

$ 57,734,040.25

Research @ A&T

NSF Engineering Research Center: In September 2008, NCA&TSU was awarded an Engineering Research Center (ERC) from
the National Science Foundation (NSF). Considered the "crown jewel" among NSF awards, only 30 ERCs have been funded by
NSF in the last 25 years. A&T's selection marked the first time ever a historically black college or university (HBCU) had received
this award to be come an ERC.

Dozens of engineers and doctors from universities and industries around the world will collaborate on the five-year $18 million
project to develop implantable devices made from biodegradable metals. The devices will be designed to adapt to physical
changes in a patient's body and dissolve once they have healed. Naturally dissolving plates, screws, stents, and other devices
would reduce the follow-up surgeries and potential complication of major orthopedic, craniofacial, and cardiovascular
procedures, sparing millions of patients worldwide added pain and medical expenses.

NCA&TSU leads the research in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) and the University of Cincinnati (UC). To
coincide with the grant project, A&T is establishing the first bioengineering department at an HBCU.

The ERC project will focus primarily on producing three technologies:

  • Biodegradable and self-adapting devices and smart constructs for craniofacial and orthopedic reconstructive procedures
  • Similarly behaving cardiovascular devices such as stents
  • Miniaturized sensing systems that monitor and control the safety and effectiveness of biodegradable metals inside the body
    (a technology that could lead to responsive biosensors that help doctors determine when and where diseases occur in the
    body).

NOAA ISET: In 2006, NCA&TSU was awarded a five-year grant for $12.3 from the Department of Commerce to establish the
NOAA Interdisciplinary Scientific Environmental Technology (ISET) Cooperative SCIENCE Center as part of the
NOAA Educational Partnership Program. As a NOAA Educational Partnership Program Cooperative Science Center, the
ISET Cooperative Science Center provides opportunities for underrepresented students to study in NOAA-related sciences.

The NOAA ISET Center contributes to the NOAA vision of a future in which decisions and actions for the benefit of humankind are
informed by coordinated, comprehensive, and sustained Earth observations and information. Credible and specific weather and
climate predictions provide the foundation for good public policy.

The ISET Cooperative Science Center collaborates with NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) in Boulder, Colorado,
and is aligned with NOAA's mission to provide the data needed to address specific climate and weather related concerns, such
as hurricanes, droughts, tornadoes, global warming, and ecosystem degradation.

The Center performs research in areas including:

Strategic Goals

o Basic and applied research towards developing low cost compact, portable and sensitive nanoscale sensors, chemical
sensors and other tools for atmospheric and environmental applications.

o A climate model unprecedented in scope of its breadth in geographical coverage that extends from Ethiopia to the eastern
sEACoard of the U.S., as well as the integration of climate science, oceanography, computer modeling, and statistics.

o Develop data-fusion techniques for correlating and interpreting a large volume and variety of data.

o Develop networks, multi-agent and grid computing techniques to support implementation of analytic techniques.

o Provide comprehensive opportunities for Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. students to conduct research in interdisciplinary environments
on topics such as mitigation of climate variability, sensor science, aerosols, sensor technology development, and information
technology in data mining, fusion and analysis.

o Provide collaborative faculty and student research opportunities at NOAA labs.

o Provide graduate and undergraduate courses and degree programs related to the research topics and NOAA sciences.

o Work closely with industrial and Government partners for effective technology transfer.

DOD Computation Science and Engineering and High Performance Computing Conference (DOD CSE-HPC): For the last three
years, NCA&TSU has hosted the Computation Science and Engineering and High Performance Computing workshop sponsored
by the Department of Defense. The purpose of this workshop is to provide the attending faculty from HBCU underrepresented and
minority institutions training and exposure to computational science and engineering, high performance parallel scalable
computing including training in the areas of UNIX/LINUX operating systems, programming for HPC, parallel programming
methodologies and models, large scale data analysis, HPC application areas and scientific visualization.

Twenty faculty members and students from 10 schools attend the conference which is partially instructional and partially
hands-on experience with focused tutorials in the relevant areas of CSE and HPC. Presenters include faculty and scientists from
A&T as well as invited speakers from other universities and government laboratories.

Supporting Documents

[1] Undergraduate Bulletin, 2008-2010, Mission Statement

[2] Organization Chart, DORED

[3] DORED Research Clusters

[4] Strategic Plan, Research and Economic Development

[5] DORED, RAMSeS

[6] DORED, BLUE

[7] DORED, IRBIS

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