Our Challenges, Our Ideas

Dr. Bastian J. Schroeder, of the Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) at North Carolina State University, looks at a civil engineer project in the Teaching and visualization lab in the Hunt Library. Photo by Marc Hall

With its Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st century and its 10 Big Ideas, the National Academy of Engineering and National Science Foundation (NSF), respectively, have asked engineers to think about the broad topics that will drive human progress for decades to come.

Working across disciplines, the College’s faculty members and students are collaborating to make progress in many of these vital areas.

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Health and Well Being

Research areas

  • Advanced health informatics
  • Health monitoring
  • Engineering better medicines
  • Rehabilitation engineering

Accelerated Innovation in Manufacturing Biologics

With funding from Novo Nordisk Foundation, AIM BIO will help accelerate the next generation of biotherapeutics to treat a range of chronic and potentially lethal diseases.

Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies

NSF ASSIST Engineering Research Center is developing leading-edge systems for high-value applications such as healthcare and Internet of Things by integrating fundamental advances in energy harvesting, low-power electronics and sensors.

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Health Systems Engineering Program

Faculty members in the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering are improving the effectiveness and quality of healthcare by focusing on the entire patient care cycle.

Closed-Loop Engineering for Advanced Rehabilitation Core

CLEAR Core faculty members are improving the lives of individuals with disabilities by studying basic science in neuromechanics, sensorimotor integration and tissue biomechanics.

Security and Safety

Research areas

  • Advanced health informatics
  • Health monitoring
  • Engineering better medicines
  • Rehabilitation engineering

Accelerated Innovation in Manufacturing Biologics

With funding from Novo Nordisk Foundation, AIM BIO will help accelerate the next generation of biotherapeutics to treat a range of chronic and potentially lethal diseases.

Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies

NSF ASSIST Engineering Research Center is developing leading-edge systems for high-value applications such as healthcare and Internet of Things by integrating fundamental advances in energy harvesting, low-power electronics and sensors.

Health Systems Engineering Program

Faculty members in the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering are improving the effectiveness and quality of healthcare by focusing on the entire patient care cycle.

Closed-Loop Engineering for Advanced Rehabilitation Core

CLEAR Core faculty members are improving the lives of individuals with disabilities by studying basic science in neuromechanics, sensorimotor integration and tissue biomechanics.

Sustainability

Research areas

  • Energy and the environment
  • Materials and manufacturing
  • Plant growth and monitoring

Center for Additive Manufacturing and Logistics

CAMAL research is helping to drive a U.S. manufacturing renaissance by increasing efficiency in existing systems and developing new techniques to build products from the ground up in areas that range from biomedical to aerospace and automotive.

Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors

CASL’s goal is to predict the performance of existing and next-generation commercial nuclear reactors to help lower costs, improve efficiency, enhance safety and extend the life of existing facilities.

Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management Systems Center

The NSF FREEDM Center is building the next generation electric power grid that is more efficient and allows bidirectional power flow and seamless integration of renewable resources.

Plant Sciences Initiative

As part of the initiative within NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, engineering researchers are collaborating on projects that make plant science more data-driven, helping ensure that we can feed a growing population.

PowerAmerica

This National Manufacturing Innovation Institute is driving development and implementation of the next generation of wide bandgap semiconductor-based power electronics.

Joy of Living

Research areas

  • Energy and the environment
  • Materials and manufacturing
  • Plant growth and monitoring

Aerial Experimentation and Research Platform for Advanced Wireless

Part of NSF’s Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research, AERPAW includes partners across the Research Triangle region of North Carolina and will study the convergence of 5G technology and autonomous drones.

Center for Educational Informatics

CEI’s mission is to design, develop and investigate next-generation learning technologies; with a focus on personalized learning for K-12 STEM education, the center creates adaptive learning technologies for classrooms, homes and museums.

Quantum Computing Hub

The hub is a university-level, cross-disciplinary center that provides supported remote access to commercial IBM Q computation resources via IBM Cloud attached to conventional laptops, desktops and servers.


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