College lands two major research projects

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Engineering faculty members continue to attract new major research funding, with new projects that will advance 5G wireless networking and production of new biotherapeutics.

The Norvo Nordisk Foundation will fund the Accelerated Innovation in Manufacturing Biologics (AIM-Bio) effort to accelerate the next generation of biopharmaceutical manufacturing, granting global access to powerful new biotherapeutics for treating a wide range of chronic and potentially lethal diseases.

NC State will administer AIM-Bio in collaboration with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Copenhagen and will receive $18 million of the $27 million in funding.

The Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center, part of the College, will develop and offer new courses to train the biopharmaceutical workers of tomorrow.

Dr. Ruben Carbonell, Frank Hawkins Kenan Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE), is the principal investigator on the grant. Dr. Stefano Menegatti, assistant professor in CBE, is a co-PI.

With $24 million in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), NC State will lead a seven-year effort to build a specialized wireless network covering North Carolina’s Research Triangle region so researchers can test new ways of increasing wireless speed and capacity.

It’s the third testing platform established by NSF as part of an initiative to ensure U.S. dominance in Fifth Generation (5G) wireless networks.

Dr. Ismail Guvenc, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), is the PI on the project. Co-PIs include Dr. Rudra Dutta, professor in the Department of Computer Science; and Drs. Brian Floyd and Mihail Sichitiu, professors in ECE.

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