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Research Centers

In addition to offering more than 110 bachelor and master’s degrees in more than 110 areas of study, doctorate degrees in 61 disciplines, and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, NC State also boasts more than 55 research centers and institutes. In conjunction with the colleges, these research centers support a broad spectrum of more than 3,700 sponsored scholarly endeavors.

The Research Triangle Park

NC State is one of the three Triangle-area top-tier research universities along with Duke University in Durham and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Within the 30-mile triangle formed by the three universities is The Research Triangle Park, a 7,000-acre research park founded in 1959 by leaders from academia, business and government. Today, The Research Triangle Park is home to some of the most innovative and cutting-edge research based companies in the world.

The unique “Research Triangle” area of North Carolina has captured national and international attention. The “triangle” is formed by the three geographic points of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill that are home to the area’s top-tier research universities: NC State, Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Because of this wealth of educational and research opportunities, the triangle contains one of the highest concentrations of Ph.D. scientists and engineers per capita, in the nation. The highly educated workforce in the Triangle is extremely attractive to companies, many of which engage in collaborative programs within the area universities.

Since it was established, The Research Triangle Park has witnessed a steady and stable increase in the number of companies and employees. Currently, there more than 170 organizations located in The Research Triangle Park. More than 40,000 people work in the Park, with combined annual salaries of over $2.7 billion. Organizations in the Park include government research laboratories of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Private companies such as IBM, GlaxoSmithKline, Nortel, Cisco, and RTI International are located in the Park. Talented scientists, engineers and managers from RTP companies frequently hold adjunct faculty appointments in one or another of the Triangle universities.

Advanced Self Powered Systems of Sensors and Technologies Center (ASSIST)

Dr. Veena Misra, Director

The mission of the Advanced Self Powered Systems of Sensors and Technologies Center (ASSIST) is to transform health informatics, electronics, and biomedical engineering; to develop nanotechnologies for energy harvesting, battery-free energy storage, and ultra-low-power computation/communication; to integrate low power physiological and environmental nano sensors using biocompatible materials; to empower personal environmental and health monitoring.

The Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF)

Jacob Jones, Director, Analytical Instrumentation Facility

The Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF) provides NC State faculty and students with the highest level of modern microanalysis instrumentation currently available as well as trained specialists to assist with teaching, training, instrument operation, and experimental design. The unique combination of extensive analytical instrumentation and specialized staff makes AIF a valuable asset to both teaching and research at all levels. AIF staff provides the expertise to access AIF’s state of the art analytical capabilities, conducts training and provide guidance to students. AIF is located in the Larry K. Monteith Engineering Research Center on the NC State Centennial Campus. This laboratory space, located in the mixed-use (private industry/academics) environment of Centennial Campus, provides the optimum environment for teaching, research and technology transfer. AIF analytical capabilities encompass analyses of materials including ceramics, metals, semiconductors, polymers, and biological materials. The Variable Pressure Scanning Electron Microscope (VPSEM), which can operate at high chamber pressure for charge neutralization, provides electron microscopy and EDS (Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy) elemental analysis on uncoated non conductive samples including biological, polymeric, textile, and other materials. The VPSEM facility is used extensively by undergraduate students in a wide range of disciplines. AIF has extensive capabilities in the areas of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) for high resolution surface topography measurement, Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) for high resolution imaging of sample morphology, Field Emission Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (FE S/TEM) for atomic resolution imaging and chemical characterization, dynamic Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) for trace analysis, Time of Flight SIMS for spatially resolved molecular surface analysis, X-Ray and Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectrometry (XPS, UPS) for chemical surface analysis, X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) for crystallographic analysis and Focused Ion Beam (FIB) nanomachining for sample preparation and fabrication of nanostructures and a metallography laboratory. In addition, AIF has extensive facilities for specimen preparation for all of the above mentioned analytical techniques.

Animal and Poultry Waste Management Center (APWMC)

Dr. Mike Williams, Director
Box 7608, 212 Scott Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695-7608
phone: (919) 513-0469

The Animal and Poultry Waste Management Center (APWMC) within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at North Carolina State University (NCSU) was established in 1996. The APWMC provides infrastructure, programs, and assistance for innovative basic and applied approaches to animal waste management with emphasis on development of knowledge and waste management options contributing toward the enhancement of North Carolina's and the nation's animal production industries, as well as to the improvement of the environment and quality of life for all citizens.

Bioinformatics Research Center (BRC)

Dr. Fred Wright, Director

The mission of the Bioinformatics Research Center (BRC), under the College of Sciences, is to develop and implement methods for the management and interpretation of genomic data, with an emphasis on agriculture, forestry and veterinary medicine. 

Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics (CDP)

Dr. Elizabeth C. Dickey, Director

The Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics (CDP), under the College of Engineering, aims to develop an international leadership position in the fundamental material science and engineering that underpins dielectric and piezoelectric materials. Innovations in these areas often arise from research advances in materials chemistry, synthesis and processing that enable new materials and device functionality.

Center for Educational Informatics (CEI)

Dr. James Lester, Director

The mission of the North Carolina State University Center for Educational Informatics (CEI), under the College of Engineering, is to lead national efforts to design, develop, and deploy next-generation adaptive learning systems for K-12 education, post-secondary education, and training. 

Center for Environmental and Resource Economic Policy (CEnREP)

Dr. Laura Taylor, Director

The mission of the Center for Environmental and Resource Economic Policy (CEnREP), housed under the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is to link economics to science, agriculture and technology to improve public understanding and enhance public and private management of environmental resources. 

Center for Family and Community Engagement (CFACE)

Dr. Joan Pennell, Director

The Center For Family And Community Engagement (CFACE), under the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, is dedicated to advancing safe, healthy, and productive families and communities. It promotes strategies that widen the circle of supports around families and communities. This is accomplished through emphasizing family leadership, community partnerships, cultural safety, and inclusive planning.

Center for Geospatial Analytics (CGA)

Dr. Ross Meentemeyer, Director

The mission of the Center for Geospatial Analytics (CGA), under the College of Natural Resources, is to promote graduate education and research in geospatial science and technology.

Center for Human Health and the Environment (CHHE)

Dr. Robert Smart, Director

The mission of CHHE is to serve as the nexus of environmental health science research at NC State by providing focus and leadership for interdisciplinary research aimed at understanding how human health, at both the individual and population levels, is impacted by environmental factors and to utilize this understanding to reduce the adverse impacts of environmental factors on human health.

Center for Innovation Management Studies (CIMS)

Dr. Paul Mugge, Director

The Center for Innovation Management Studies (CIMS) exists to create, synthesize and disseminate industry-relevant information on innovation management and to develop current and future generations of innovation management researchers and industry practitioners.

Center for Integrated Fungal Research (CIFR)

Dr. Ignazio Carbone, Director

The Center for Integrated Fungal Research (CIFR) provides leadership in research and educational objectives in the field of fungal parasitism and mycotoxins aimed to achieve significant breakthroughs in fungal research that will impact human welfare worldwide.

Center for Integrated Pest Management (CIPM)

Dr. Frank Louws, Director

The Center for Integrated Pest Management (CIPM) serves a lead role in technology development, program implementation, training, and public awareness for IPM at the state, regional, and national level.

Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST)

Dr. Dave Eggleston, Director

The principal mission of the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST) is to discover innovative solutions to questions and problems in marine systems and provide effective communication of these discoveries, by promoting multidisciplinary studies among research scientists, educators and extension specialists from the participating NC State University colleges, enhancing interaction with other educational institutions and agencies concerned with marine sciences and coastal natural resources, and providing a focal point for citizen contact with NC State University's marine science and extension faculty. 

Center for Nuclear Energy Facilities and Structures (CNEFS)

Dr. Abhinav Gupta, Director

The mission of the Center for Nuclear Energy Facilities and Structures (CNEFS) is to perform research on innovative but rigorous solutions to problems in nuclear power plants and to transfer this technology to the industry.

Center for Research in Scientific Computation (CRSC)

Dr. Thomas Banks, Director

The Center for Research in Scientific Computation (CRSC) is a formally recognized, multidisciplinary center of the greater University of North Carolina System. The CRSC is administered by NC State and the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. The purpose of the center is to promote research in applied scientific computation and to provide a focal point for research in modeling, computational methods, and applied mathematics. Data-massive and/or computationally intensive problems provide ideal projects for training undergraduate and graduate students in applied mathematics. With a wide range of computational methodologies, students and post doctoral fellows address important issues in applications involving model development and control design.

Center for Research on Textile Protection and Comfort (TPACC)

Dr. Roger Barket, Director

The Center for Research on Textile Protection and Comfort (TPACC) provides faculty and students with a coordinated environment where interdisciplinary problems related to textile comfort and protection performance can be studied and solved.

Center for Turfgrass Environmental Research and Education (CENTERE)

Dr. Thomas Rufty, Director

The Center for Turfgrass Environmental Research and Education (CENTERE) promotes research on the turfgrass systems and works on creating a multidisciplinary research 'culture' that develops new, environmentally sustainable management strategies. Emphasis is on basic research to resolve underlying processes that can lead to long-term solutions.

Comparative Medicine Institute (CMI)

Dr. Jorge, Piedrahita, Director

The mission of the Comparative Medicine Institute (CMI) is to enhance collaborative, translational, interdisciplinary approaches for the comparative study of animal/human diseases.

Ergonomics Center of North Carolina (The) (TECNC)

Tim McGothlin, Director

The Ergonomics Center of North Carolina (TECNC) is a Public Service Membership Center specifically authorized by the North Carolina General Assembly and established in October 1994 with the original name North Carolina Ergonomics Resource Center through a partnership between North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL), Division of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHNC) to assist employees and employers in the prevention of occupational musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and the optimization of human-machine work systems design from safety and performance perspectives.

Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management Systems Center (The) (FREEDM)

Dr. Iqbal Husain, Director

The Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management Systems Center (FREEDM) partners with universities, industry, and national laboratories in 28 states and nine countries to develop technology to revolutionize the nation's power grid and speed renewable electric-energy technologies into every home and business.

General H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Center (SLC)

Barbara H. Mulkey, Director

The mission of the General H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Center is to inspire, educate, and develop values-based leaders committed to personal integrity, professional ethics, and selfless service.

Genetic Engineering and Society Center (GES)

Dr. Jennifer Kuzma and Dr. Fred Gould, Director

The GES Center will serve as a key regional, national and international hub of interdisciplinary analyses and inclusive dialogue surrounding emerging technologies and society. It will take the lead in using in-depth research and dialogue-based approaches to provide public with rigorous, trustworthy analyses of how products of GE technologies may impact society and the environment. 

Golden Leaf Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC)

Dr. Ruben Carbonell, Director

The mission of Golden Leaf Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) is to fuel prosperity by positioning North Carolina as a global leader in bioprocess education and biomanufacturing workforce development.

Industry Research Programs in Forestry (IRPF)

Dr. Marian McCord, Interim Director

Industry Research Programs in Forestry Center (IRPF)increases value to landowners and citizens through continuous genetic improvement of forest trees; creates innovative solutions to enhance forest productivity and value through sustainable management of site resources; leads in conservation and domestication of forest genetic resources for sustainable economic, ecological, and social benefits for present and future generations.

Institute for Advanced Analytics (IAA)

Dr. Michael Rappa, Director

The mission of the Institute for Advanced Analytics (IAA)is to promote graduate education in the emerging field of analytics. Its objective is to educate the citizens of North Carolina and beyond in the concepts, methods, software tools, and applications of analytics that have direct and practical relevance to industry.

Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI)

Lesley Boney, Director

The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) is a think-and-do tank that convenes leaders from business, government, nonprofit organizations, and higher education to tackle the biggest issues facing North Carolina.

Institute for NEXT Generation IT Systems (ITNG)

Dr. Dennis Kekas, Director

Institute for NEXT Generation IT Systems (ITNG) provides information technology professional services to state and federal agencies, private and public sector corporations, and research organizations. 

Institute for Nonprofit Research, Education and Engagement (INPREE)

Dr. Richard Clerkin, Director

The Institute for Nonprofit Research, Education and Engagement (INPREE) benefits the university through its presence as an expert source for information on nonprofits, respected partner in research and practice collaborations, recipient of external funding, and developer and manager of educational and research initiatives. 

Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE)

Dr. E. Downey Brill, Interim Director

Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) carries out research, training and technical support activities in the areas of surface and air transportation for a host of national, state, and local clients to address the nation's critical transportation issues.

Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science (KIETS)

Dr. Ruben Carbonell, Interim Director

Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science (KIETS) develops partnerships in basic research, education, commercialization and public outreach with individuals and organizations dedicated to the advancement of science, engineering and technology as a force in improving the economic and social well-being of the nation and the world.

Nonwovens Institute (NWI)

Dr. Behnam. Pourdeyhimi, Director

The Nonwovens Institute (NWI)is the world's first accredited academic program for the interdisciplinary study of engineered fabrics through an innovative partnership of industry, government, and academe operating on an 'open' platform. The Nonwovens Institute enables industry and university experts to develop the next generation of nonwovens applications while educating and training future industry leaders.

Contact: EMAIL: and Website:

North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC)

Steve Kalland, Director

The mission of the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center is to advance a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies.

North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies (NCICS)

Dr. Otis Brown, Director

The objectives of the North Carolina multi-campus Institute for Climate Studies (NCICS) are to promote the discovery of new knowledge about global, regional, and local climate variability and its impacts; and to provide information that is critical for determining trends and validating climate forecasts at all of these spatial scales.

North Carolina Japan Center (NCJC)

Dr. John Baugh, Director

The North Carolina Japan Center (NCJC) is a statewide resource, which serves to promote mutual understanding and closer relations between the people of North Carolina and Japan in academic, business cultural, educational, scientific, and technical matters, to the benefit of our state and its people.

North Carolina Sea Grant College Program (NCSG)

Dr. Susan Norma White, Director

Through research, outreach and education programs, North Carolina Sea Grant multi-campus College Program (NCSG) provides an unbiased, science-based information to enhance the sustainable use and conservation of ocean and coastal resources to benefit communities, the economy and the environment. 

Nuclear Reactor Program

Ayman I. Hawari, Director

The mission of the Nuclear Reactor Program is to enhance, promote, and utilize the PULSTAR research reactor and associated laboratory facilities for research, teaching, and extension. Specialized facilities are available to university faculty, students, state and federal agencies, and industry. The laboratory contains the 1 megawatt steady-state, pool-type, PULSTAR nuclear reactor with a variety of associated academic, testing, and research facilities including: Distance Learning through Video and Internet Tele-conferencing; an ultracold neutron source, a neutron radiography facility; an intense slow positron beam facility; a powder neutron diffraction facility; a neutron activation analysis and radioisotope laboratory; a low level counting laboratory equipped with high purity germanium gamma spectrometers and beta liquid-scintillation systems; and a Cobalt-60 gamma irradiation facility.

The 50,000 square-foot Burlington Engineering Laboratory complex on the NC State campus houses the Department of Nuclear Engineering and the 1 MW PULSTAR Nuclear Research Reactor Facility.

Contact: e-mail:; website:; Phone: (919) 515-7294

Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC)

Dr. Scott Daugherty, Director

The multi-campus Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is committed to providing knowledge, education and other supportive resources that enable existing small and mid-sized businesses, emerging entrepreneurs and local/state leaders to innovate and succeed.

Southeast Dairy Foods Research Center (SDFRC)

Dr. MaryAnne Drake, Director

The Southeast Dairy Foods Research Center (SDFRC) conducts research, educates scientists, and develops and applies new technologies for processing of milk and its components into dairy products and ingredients with improved health,safety, quality and expanded functionalities that facilitate strategic decisions in the industry.

State Climate Office of North Carolina (SCONC)

Aaron Sims, Interim Director

The State Climate Office of North Carolina (SCO) is the primary source for NC weather and climate information and is involved in all aspects of climate research, education, and extension services. 

W. M. Keck Center for Behavioral Biology (CBB)

Dr. Robert Anholt, Director

The goal of the Keck Center for Behavioral Biology (CBB) is to establish a multidisciplinary environment for interdepartmental training and collaborative research in the fundamental principles that govern animal behavior.

Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI)

Dr. Susan White, Director

The Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) of the University of North Carolina administers and promotes federal/state partnerships in research and information transfer on North Carolina’s water research needs. Located at NC State, WRRI serves all campuses of the UNC system and funds research conducted by faculty and students of senior colleges and universities in North Carolina. Findings from research funded by the Institute help local, state, and federal agencies make better decisions in managing water resources. Graduate and undergraduate research opportunities are available through WRRI funded faculty researchers and student internships are available through its partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey. WRRI also sponsors students to present oral and poster presentations each spring at its annual conference.

William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation (WIFIEI)

Dr. Glenn Kleiman, Director

The mission of the William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation (WIFIEI) is to advance education through innovation in teaching, learning, and leadership.