Stories From 2015

Dec 21, 2015  |  Students

First-year engineering students present projects at annual design day

Visiting middle and high school students gathered in groups around parents and first-year engineering students to watch hovercrafts glide across the floor and speed toward the finish line.

Dec 21, 2015  |  Research

This is what science looks like at NC State: Veronica Augustyn

As a little kid growing up in Poland, minerals – and especially gemstones – fascinated me. They were beautiful, rare, and I wanted to know how to make them for myself! Little did I know that my fascination would one day lead me to become a professor of materials science and engineering.

Dec 18, 2015  |  Research

Magnetic nanoparticle chains offer new technique for controlling soft robots

Researchers from NC State University have developed a technique for using chains of magnetic nanoparticles to manipulate elastic polymers in three dimensions, which could be used to remotely control new “soft robots.”

Dec 17, 2015  |  Research

New metamaterial manipulates sound to improve acoustic imaging

Researchers from North Carolina State University and Duke University have developed a metamaterial made of paper and aluminum that can manipulate acoustic waves to more than double the resolution of acoustic imaging, focus acoustic waves, and control the angles at which sound passes through the metamaterial.

Dec 14, 2015  |  Research

From Middle East to America: PhD graduate tells of inspiring journey

While working on her master’s degree in her home country of Saudi Arabia, Heba Al-Mohsin wanted one thing: the opportunity to do her own research in the laboratory.

Dec 11, 2015  |  Research

Student project evolves into new tool for the biotech industry

When Scott Vu started working on a computer science research project as a teenager, he didn’t realize it would lead him down a path to earning a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and launching a company designed to help the biotechnology industry operate more efficiently.

Dec 2, 2015  |  Research

Liquid metal ‘nano-terminators’ target cancer cells

Researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a new drug delivery technique that uses a biodegradable liquid metal to target cancer cells.

Dec 1, 2015  |  Faculty and Staff

Barlaz recognized as Distinguished University Professor

Dr. Morton A. Barlaz, head of the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at North Carolina State University, has been named a Distinguished University Professor by Dr. Louis Martin-Vega, dean of the College of Engineering.

Nov 30, 2015  |  Research

New phase of carbon discovered

Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered a new phase of solid carbon, called Q-carbon, which is distinct from the known phases of graphite and diamond. They have also developed a technique for using Q-carbon to make diamond-related structures at room temperature and at ambient atmospheric pressure in air.

Nov 23, 2015  |  Faculty and Staff

Grant receives AIChE Pioneers of Diversity Award

Dr. Christine S. Grant, Associate Dean of Faculty Advancement for the College of Engineering and professor in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University, is one of the first recipients of the new American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Pioneers of Diversity Award for her distinguished service to the organization.