Fall/Winter 2019

Oct 24, 2019  |  Magazine

Summer gaming program helps campers realize their potential

Lead counselor Nasir Jones stands at the front of the class, guiding the campers through coding exercises that are part of SNAP, a visual programming language. Three other counselors move among them answering questions. The 12 campers are participating in the Bridge to Computing summer camp program for underserved 12- to 15-year-old boys held in the Department of Computer Science (CSC) at NC State.

Oct 24, 2019  |  Magazine

Research overcomes key obstacles to scaling up DNA data storage

NC State researchers have developed new techniques for labeling and retrieving data files in DNA-based information storage systems, addressing two of the key obstacles to widespread adoption of DNA data storage technologies.

Oct 24, 2019  |  Magazine

Ultrasound aligns living cells in bioprinted tissues

COE researchers have developed a technique to improve the characteristics of engineered tissues by using ultrasound to align living cells during the biofabrication process.

Oct 24, 2019  |  Magazine

New framework improves performance of deep neural networks

Researchers in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) have developed a new framework for building deep neural networks via grammar-guided network generators. In experimental testing, the new networks — called AOGNets — have outperformed existing state-of-the-art frameworks, including the widely used ResNet and DenseNet systems, in visual recognition tasks.

Oct 24, 2019  |  Magazine

New tool tackles uncertainty in military logistics planning

Military deployments to austere environments — whether humanitarian missions or combat operations — involve extensive logistical planning, which is often complicated by unforeseen events. New research has created a model to help military leaders better account for logistical risk and uncertainty during operational planning and execution.

Oct 24, 2019  |  Magazine

Students interact with NC State astronaut through live downlink

NASA astronaut Christina Koch, who was participating in a live downlink from orbit, showed an audience assembled in the Talley Student Union on campus and watching live online how easy it is to lose items that you need when you try to set something down for a second and soon realize that it has floated away. She talked about how astronauts drink liquids and where they sleep. Then there was something else.

Oct 24, 2019  |  Magazine

Nanocrystal ‘factory’ could revolutionize quantum dot manufacturing

A multidisciplinary team of NC State researchers has developed a microfluidic system for synthesizing perovskite quantum dots across the entire spectrum of visible light. The system drastically reduces manufacturing costs, can be tuned on demand to any color and allows for real-time process monitoring to ensure quality control.

Oct 24, 2019  |  Magazine

Are e-scooters polluters?

People think of electric scooters, or e-scooters, as environmentally friendly ways to get around town. But a new study from an environmental engineering faculty member finds it’s not that simple: Shared e-scooters may be greener than most cars, but they can be less green than several other options.

Oct 24, 2019  |  Magazine

FREEDM researchers receive funding for work on grid resilience tools

Researchers in the FREEDM Systems Center led by NC State have received a $3.1-million research award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to advance solar energy’s role in strengthening the resilience of the U.S. electricity grid.

Oct 24, 2019  |  Magazine

Richardson was College’s first woman faculty member

Plans to build the first nuclear reactor on a university campus brought Frances Marian (Billie) Richardson to NC State in 1951. She ended up staying for 41 years.