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Nighttime aerial time-lapse view of city intersection and headlights of traffic.

Feb 7, 2023

Researchers propose a fourth light on traffic signals – for self-driving cars

At a traffic light, red means stop and green means go. But transportation engineers at North Carolina State University are now proposing a “white light,” which would enable autonomous vehicles to help control traffic flow – and let human drivers know what’s going on. In computational simulations, the new approach significantly improves travel time through intersections and reduces fuel consumption. 

Aerial view of green wetland.

Feb 7, 2023

NC State researchers: show us what you’re working on

NC State is calling on graduate students, undergraduate students, postdocs, faculty and staff to take part in Envisioning Research, the university’s annual research image contest. Help us highlight the beauty and importance of the work being done at the bench and in the field, both on campus and around the world. (And, yes, there are cash prizes.) 

Dan Stancil

Feb 6, 2023

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Head Dan Stancil to step down, remain on faculty

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Head Dan Stancil will be stepping down from his position at the end of the 2022-2023 academic year. He will remain on the faculty in the EDE department where he plans to invest additional energy in the growth of quantum engineering and science activities across the College and University. 

Microscopic view of fiber robot showing cross-stitch type pattern colored transluscent green on a black background.

Feb 6, 2023

Textiles researchers prepare stem cells to become organ tissue

Nearly 3,000 people died waiting for an organ transplant in 2022, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, and more than 100,000 people remain on the waitlist. Envisioning a future without the need for donor organs, an NC State researcher is laying the foundation to grow stem cells into replacement organ tissue. 

Three students, one seated, two standing, all wearing mask view computer monitor next to large piece of lab equipment.

Feb 6, 2023

Undergraduate researches clean energy, gains hands-on experience

Senior Aidan Lim spent his summer working towards these goals as a part of the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). Lim worked with Zhu’s team in their study of batteries, more specifically battery life and the degradation of that battery life over time. 

Memorial Belltower and magnolia on a snowy Feb. day.

Feb 3, 2023

Clark named co-director of NC State’s Engineering Education program

Aaron C. Clark ’97EDD, who currently serves as head of the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education at NC State’s College of Education, will be the co-director of NC State’s Engineering Education program, effective Aug. 16, 2023. He will work alongside co-director Laura Bottomely of NC State’s College of Engineering and other members of the engineering education community to advance the university’s mission of providing top-quality engineering education to its students. 

Feb 3, 2023

Researchers develop elastic material impervious to gases and liquids

An international team of researchers has developed a technique that uses liquid metal to create an elastic material that is impervious to both gases and liquids. Applications for the material include use as packaging for high-value technologies that require protection from gases, such as flexible batteries. 

Christina Koch dressed in her blue NASA uniform.

Feb 2, 2023

_pace, the final frontier

Koch, a native of Michigan who grew up in Jacksonville, N.C., and attended both the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics and NC State, returned to her home state over the weekend for three standing-room-only, hour-long presentations at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Astronomy Days, a triumphant return after three years off for the kid-friendly program because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Color photo of howling wolf metal scuplture.

Feb 2, 2023

Remembering a computer science icon

Carol Miller, an icon of the Department of Computer Science, died on Jan. 26, 2023, in Brevard, NC after a valiant battle with acute myeloid leukemia (AML).