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Research

By any measure, the College of Engineering at NC State is one of the world’s finest engineering research institutions.

The College ranked 27th among engineering schools worldwide in the most recent Academic Rankings of World Universities. Total research expenditures, a key measure of overall research activity, consistently place the College among the top 15 schools in the US. The College enrolls more than 2,900 graduate students, ninth-most in the country.

What do they do?

Pretty much everything. In 12 academic departments and more than 20 centers, institutes and laboratories, College researchers, including many undergraduate students, are developing cleaner energy, faster computers, stronger and lighter materials and better medical devices, among many other initiatives.

The College is also the only engineering school in the nation currently leading two National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Centers. The recently awarded ASSIST Center is developing wireless health monitoring devices, while the FREEDM Systems Center, awarded in 2008, is creating an “Energy Internet” that will transform the way electric power is generated and stored. MIT Technology Review named FREEDM’s smart transformers one of the world’s 10 most important emerging technologies for 2011.

Much of the College’s work takes place on Centennial Campus, a 1,334-acre melting pot of education, research, industry, government and community spaces. More than 2,300 corporate and government employees work at the campus alongside more than 4,700 faculty, staff and students. In 2007, Centennial was named the Research Science Park of the Year by the Association of University Research Parks.

Behind it all are the people. Nearly 100 faculty members have received Presidential and National Science Foundation recognitions for achievement. And with 18 bachelor's, 20 master's, and 13 doctoral degree programs, the College gives graduate and undergraduate students plenty of on-the-job training so they can put those degrees to work.