Inaugural Day of Giving a success for the College
On March 27, NC State University hosted its inaugural Day of Giving — a 24-hour fundraising campaign to maximize support for the University — and the College of Engineering’s alumni, students and friends rose to the challenge and did the extraordinary.
Funding will help underrepresented students pursue STEM degrees
NC State is the recipient of funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Fellowship program.
Washington DC internship program introduces students to politics
Many engineering students never consider a future career in politics or public policy, even though their expertise can often be critical. A new seven-week Washington D.C. internship program piloted by Dean Louis Martin-Vega and John English, engineering dean at the University of Arkansas, aims to change that.
Artificial intelligence can identify microscopic marine organisms
Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) program that can automatically provide species-level identification of microscopic marine organisms. The next step is to incorporate the AI into a robotic system that will help advance our understanding of the world’s oceans, both now and in our prehistoric past.
Students learn about grand challenges in E102
First-year engineering students are getting a better idea of what kind of impact they can make with their degrees — and a more thorough understanding of the College of Engineering’s degree programs — through a newly required course, E102: Engineering in the 21st Century.
Biosensor allows real-time oxygen monitoring for “organs on a chip”
A new biosensor allows researchers to track oxygen levels in real time in “organ-on-a-chip” systems, making it possible to ensure that such systems more closely mimic the functions of real organs. This is essential if organs on a chip are to achieve their potential in applications such as drug and toxicity testing.
New system allows rapid response to heart attacks
Researchers in the UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) have developed a drug-delivery system that allows rapid response to heart attacks without surgical intervention. In laboratory and animal testing, the system proved to be effective at dissolving clots, limiting long-term scarring to heart tissue and preserving more of the heart’s normal function.
Approach paves way for new generation of antimicrobial materials
Researchers in the College have successfully incorporated “photosensitizers” into a range of polymers, giving those materials the ability to render bacteria and viruses inactive using only ambient oxygen and visible-wavelength light.
Research looks to bacteria to help prevent coal ash spills
Spills of coal ash from containment ponds have caused environmental damage to several waterways across the Southeast. Now, engineers from NC State have developed a technique that uses bacteria to produce “biocement” in the ponds, making the coal ash easier to store and limiting the risk of spills.
New method turns carbon fibers and nanotubes into diamond fibers
New research from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) has demonstrated a technique that converts carbon fibers and nanotubes into diamond fibers at ambient temperature and pressure in air using a pulsed laser method.