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By any measure, the College of Engineering at NC State is one of the world’s finest engineering research institutions.

The College's research expenditures for 2014-15 were more than $175 million. Total research expenditures, a key measure of overall research activity, consistently place the College among the top schools in the US.

What do they do?

Pretty much everything. In 12 academic departments and more than 20 centers, institutes and laboratories, College researchers, including many undergraduate students, are developing cleaner energy, faster computers, stronger and lighter materials and better medical devices, among many other initiatives.

The College is one of only two in the nation currently leading two National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Centers. The ASSIST Center is developing wireless health monitoring devices, while the FREEDM Systems Center is creating an “Energy Internet” that will transform the way electric power is generated and stored.

Much of the College’s work takes place on Centennial Campus, a 1,334-acre melting pot of education, research, industry, government and community spaces. The campus is home to more than 70 government, industry and nonprofit partners along with more than 70 NC State research and academic units.

Behind it all are the people. Nearly 100 faculty members have received Presidential and National Science Foundation recognitions for achievement. And with 18 bachelor's, 21 master's, and 13 doctoral degree programs, the College gives graduate and undergraduate students plenty of on-the-job training so they can put those degrees to work.