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(Chapel Hill and Charlotte), Duke University, North Carolina A&T State University and MCNC.

CENTER FOR ASEPTIC PROCESSING AND PACKAGING STUDIES (CAPPS) - The

Center for Aseptic Processing and Packaging Studies was established in October 1987 to promote
cooperative research between university and industrial researchers and to fiirther scientific
knowledge in areas of food and pharmaceutical aseptic processing and packaging. The center is
funded by the National Science Foundation, NC State and industrial members from food,
pharmaceutical and packaging industries. The objectives of the center are to support industrially
relevant, flindamental research in aseptic processing and packaging, to enhance product quality
and improve efficiency, and to communicate information gained from basic research to industry
for development and marketing.

Graduate students working on CAPPS projects will be exposed to industrial concerns and given
the opportunity to work first-hand with industry in solving problems and making practical
application of their research.

CENTER FOR ADVANCED COMPUTING AND COMMUNICATION - CACC is an NSF-
sponsored IndustryAJniversity Cooperative Research with research sites at NC State and Duke
University. An advisory board comprised of representatives of member companies and
government agencies meets twice a year to direct the Center's research activities. Faculty and
graduate students also work closely with each member's technical staff on a variety of research
projects.

The Center's mission is to carry out basic and applied research on problems having both industrial
and academic relevance, to transfer these results to the members and to provide students with a
challenging educational opportunity. The research goal is to create concepts, methods and tools for



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use in the analysis, design and implementation of advanced computer and communication
systems. CACC has the unique capability to develop technology from theory to prototype.

CENTER FOR ENGINEERING APPLICATIONS OF RADIOISOTOPES - The Center for
Engineering Applications of Radioisotopes was established in 1980 within the Department of
Nuclear Engineering and associated with the Department of Chemical Engineering. It is composed
primarily of faculty and their graduate students doing research related to the measurement
applications of radiation and radioisotopes in industry. This includes the use of short-lived
radioactive tracers, radiation gauges, radiation analyzers and industrial computed tomography.
Excellent experimental facilities are available including solid state detectors and the NC State
PULSTAR Reactor. The Center's programs are financed largely by an Associates Program of
Industrial Members and contracts and grants from industry and federal agencies.

CENTER FOR LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES (CLT) - The Center for Learning
Technologies is a multimedia service facility located in the College of Education and Psychology.
Students are instructed through workshops, classes and/or individualized training in the effective
delivery of information and the design/production of instructional materials using a variety of
computer technologies.

CENTER FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE
EDUCATION - The center, one often centers in the North Carolina Mathematics and Science
Education Network, is the only research and development center in the network. Established
within the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in 1984, the center
conducts research and development activities for precollege students, preservice teachers, in-
service teachers and University faculty. The center identifies areas of need in mathematics and
science education and forms partnerships with federal, state, local and private funding agencies to
work collaboratively to address the increasing student achievement. Grants have been obtained
from the National Science Foundation, Office of Education, State Department of Public
Instruction, Local Education Agencies and IBM to introduce changes that incorporate technology
and active learning into the mathematics and science curriculum, K-16. In addition, the center
supports graduate students and provides them with opportunities to write grants and to design,
conduct and report on educational research.

CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN SCIENTIFIC COMPUTATION (CRSC) - The Center for
Research in Scientific Computation 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 scientific computing and to provide a focal point for research in computational science,
engineering and applied mathematics. Data-massive and/or computationally intensive problems
provide ideal projects for training graduate students in applied mathematics. With advanced
computing methodologies, students and postdoctoral fellows address important issues in processes
of modelling and design.

Research topics of interest to CRSC faculty include a variety of problems in scientific
computation, numerical analysis and numerical optimization with applications to such areas as
fluid mechanics and flow control, smart materials and structures, nondestructive testing, acoustics,
material sciences and manufacturing processes, population dynamics, environmental sciences,
signal processing, computer performance evaluation and nuclear reactor physics.



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CENTER FOR SOUND AND VIBRATION - The Center for Sound and Vibration, established
in 1969 and administered within the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineermg, is
composed of faculty pursuing the solution of a wide variety of problems such as occur in
machinery and aircraft design particularly related to vibration and sound. Graduate programs exist
at M.S. and Ph.D. levels in fields such as noise and vibration control, aeroacoustics, hearing
conservation, computer-aided machinery design, active control of vibration and sound, and signal
processing. Outstanding experimental facilities, including large anechoic and reverberant rooms
and computer graphics equipment, are available. The Center's programs are financed largely by
grants and contracts from industry and federal and state agencies.

DIAGNOSTIC TEACHING CLINIC - The Diagnostic Teaching Clinic is operated by the
graduate program in special education within the College of Education for the purposes of
providing graduate students with opportunities to gain both observational and applied clinical
experience in diagnosing and teaching exceptional students of all ages. The clinic accepts referrals
from local school systems and from agencies and individuals within the community. Staff, which
includes graduate interns, evaluates the referred clients, develops educational programs for them in
conjunction with the referring agency and demonstrates teaching techniques for the benefit of
those persons who will work with the children. This clinic is open during the day, late afternoon
and early evening hours during the fall and spring semesters and throughout the summer months
and is utilized by graduate students from several departments with allied curricula in education
and psychology.

ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH CENTER - The Electric Power Research Center is a
university/industry cooperative research center established in 1985 within the College of
Engineering. The Center is ftinded by the university and sponsoring organizations from the
various sectors of the electric utility industry including nuclear fiiel vendors. The purpose of the
Center is to foster the excellence of research and graduate-level degree programs in electric power
systems engineering. Motivation for industrial firms to join with the Center derives from close
university/industry interaction, the pooling of membership dues to sponsor research of mutual
interest and the enhanced professional and research opportunities provided to faculty and students.
The current research program mainly involves faculty from the Department of Nuclear
Engineering.

ELECTRON MICROSCOPE FACILITIES - There are three electron microscope facilities at
NC State available to graduate students and faculty for research purposes. The College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Center for Electron Microscopy is located in Gardner Hall,
the College of Engineering (COE) Analytical Instrumentation Facility ( AIF) is in Burlington
Engineering Labs, Engineering Graduate Research Center (EGRC) is located on Centennial
Campus and the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Laboratory for Advanced Electron and
Light Optical Methods (LAELOM) is located in the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine on
Hillsborough Street.

The CALS Center for Electron Microscopy offers complete service support in all areas of
Biological Electron Microscopy. The Center has two scanning microscopes: a Philips 505T and a
JEOL T-300 and two transmission electron microscopes: a JEOL lOOS and a Philips 400T-STEM
equipped with a C400M computer control system. The Center is also equipped with all of the
necessary biological preparatory equipment.



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Formal instruction is provided through the microbiology curriculum for transmission electron
microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and ultramicrotomy. The Center also provides support,
service and training in a wide variety of digital imaging. Advanced techniques are provided on an
individual basis or through workshops.

The COE Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF) is equipped with an Hitachi S-3200N
variable pressure scanning transmission microscope (VPSEM), two high resolution JEOL 6400F
field emission scanning electron microscopes (FESEM) and a Cameca lMS-6f Ion Microscope.
One 6400F is equipped with a Link Pentafet energy dispersive x-ray system capable of detecting
low Z elements (down to boron). In addition, all microscopes are equipped with both film and
direct digital imaging capabilities. Digital data acquisition capability allows direct computer
display and storage of images greatly facilitating image processing and utilization for reports and
publications.

The S-3200N VPSEM accommodates large (6-inch diameter) specimens and in the variable
pressure mode can image wet, oily and non-conductive specimens in their natural state with up to
35A resolution, greatly reducing or eliminating sample preparation requirements.

The JEOL 6400F field emission SEMs can handle up to 6-inch diameter samples and operate at
very low accelerating voltages while maintaining high spatial resolution. The superior brightness
and small spot size of the cold cathode field emission electron sources on JEOL 6400F
instruments enable them to resolve 14A at an accelerating voltage of 30 keV and 70A at 1.0 keV.

The state-of-the-art Cameca IMS 6f Ion Microscope is a high-performance, secondary ion mass
spectrometry (SIMS) equipped with oxygen, cesium and gallium ion sources providing ppb to ppt
sensitivity for most elements and a digital data acquisition system for acquiring and processing
both 2-D and 3-D elemental distributions with atomic layer depth resolution and <0.1nm lateral
resolution.

All microscopes are supported by complete materials specimen preparation, dark room and data
processing facilities including several light microscopes and x-ray diffi-actometers. AIF analytical
professionals teach regularly scheduled courses as well as short courses covering the analytical
techniques available through AIF. They are also available for collaboration with and direct one-
on-one instruction for graduate students.

The CVM Laboratory for Advanced Electron and Light Optical Methods (LAELOM) - The

CVM LAELOM is a research/service/teaching facility housing all the optical equipment to
examine cytological, histological and gross specimens, and the equipment to perform
morphometric analyses, and to prepare material for presentations and publication. Individuals can
prepare their own cryosections for light microscopy and immunological staining and can also
prepare their own transmission and scanning electron microscopy samples. In addition, the
LAELOM staff can prepare any and all of these materials for investigators as well as cut ultrathin
frozen sections for immunolabeling and enzyme cytochemistry. The LAELOM offers individual
training in light microscopy, morphometry and darkroom work as well as a formal course in
biological transmission and scanning electron microscopy techniques (CBS 732). A course
covering photography and photomicroscopy in scientific illustration is taught in the LAELOM as
part of the summer Biotechnology series (BIT 815Q). A computer-operated Philips EM208S
transmission electron microscope was installed in May 1999 in complement the JEOL JSM-35 CF



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scanning electron microscope. An automated Olympus VANOX photomicroscope and WILD
photomacroscope are available to students and investigators as well as a fully equipped darkroom
for processing black-and-white negatives and prints. Equipment for making black-and-white 2x2
slides for projection is available.The LAELOM offers consultation services for all these
techniques in terms of specimen preparation, film selection, and cost determination for purposes of
grant preparation. The LAELOM is fully GLP-compliant.

HIGHLANDS BIOLOGICAL STATION - NC State is an institutional member of the
Highlands Biological Foundation which provides support for the Highlands Biological Station of
the University of North Carolina. This is an inland biological field station located at Highlands,
North Carolina. The town of Highlands is in the heart of the Southern Appalachians at an
elevation of 3,823 feet. The area has an extremely diverse biota and the highest rainfall in the
eastern United States.

Facilities are available throughout the year for pre-and post-doctoral research in botany, zoology,
soils and geology. The laboratory building with research rooms and cubicles and the library are
well equipped for field-oriented research. Also, five cottages and a dining hall are located on the
edge of a six-acre lake. In addition to 16 acres surrounding the lake, the station owns several tracts
of undisturbed forested land available for research. Research grants available through the Station
provide stipends for room, board and research expenses.

INTEGRATED MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS ENGINEERING INSTITUTE- The

Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering Institute was established at NC State in 1984 to
provide interdisciplinary educational, research and technology transfer program in manufacturing
systems engineering. The objectives of this program are to educate engineers in the theory and
practice of integrated manufacturing systems technology; to conduct basic and applied research on
topics in cooperation with industry on problems of contemporary manufacturing system; and to
engage in technology transfer with industry.

Central to all aspects of the Institute's operation and activity is in the integration of computer-aided
processes in the design and control of manufacturing facilities. Through both internally and
externally funded research projects the Institute contributes to the solution of generic design and
manufacturing engineering problems and provides a vehicle for technology transfer.

LEARNING RESOURCES LIBRARY - The Learning Resources Library, administered by the
College of Education, is located in Poe Hall. The library maintains a collection of print and audio-
visual materials and equipment with emphasis on teaching methods, research, administration and
psychology. An extensive collection of state-adopted secondary level textbooks includes French,
Spanish, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and vocational education. Audio-
visual equipment is available for instruction, research and previewing.

MARS MISSION RESEARCH CENTER - The Mars Mission Research Center is one of eight
University Space Engineering Research Centers established by NASA to broaden the nation's
engineering capability to meet the critical needs of the civilian space program. The goal of the
center is to focus on educational and research technologies used in the design of spacecraft for
planetary exploration with particular emphasis on Mars. It is a cooperative program involving
faculty, undergraduate and graduate students at NC State and NC A&T State University. The
research is a cross-disciplined program involving (1) hypersonic aerodynamics and propulsion, (2)



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composite materials and fabrication, (3) light-weight structures and (4) spacecraft

controls. Students and faculty conduct part of their research at NASA Centers and participating

industries.

MATERIALS RESEARCH CENTER - The Materials Research Center was established in 1984
at NC State as an interdisciplinary program involving persons representing the Departments of
Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering and
Physics. The present thrust area of the Center concerning thin films and coatings serves as a focal
point for this cooperative research. The experimental efforts are conducted within the four
departments noted above.

MCNC - NC State is a participating member of MCNC which conducts research programs in
information and electronics technologies in partnership with other N. C. institutions. Other
participating institutions are UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, NC A&T State University,
UNC-Charlotte and the Research Triangle Institute.

Faculty and students at NC State have access to the use of MCNC facilities on sponsored research
projects. Areas of interest include systems design, systems engineering, integrated circuit
fabrication technology, semiconductor materials, device physics, advanced packaging and
interconnection technologies, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), high performance
computing and advanced networking research and development. Departments at NC State which
are actively involved in the program include electrical and computer engineering, computer
science, physics, chemistry, and materials science and engineering.

NUCLEAR REACTOR PROGRAM - The Nuclear Reactor Program (NRP) provides
specialized nuclear facilities to the North Carolina academic and industrial communities. These
facilities are used for teaching, research and service. The NRP supports graduate research and
undergraduate programs in a wide variety of academic departments. Facilities include the
PULSTAR Nuclear Reactor, the Nuclear Services Analytical Laboratories, Health Physics
Laborato ries and the Scaled Pressurized Water Reactor Facility (SPWRF). The PULSTAR
Reactor is a 1 -megawatt research and training reactor. Irradiation capabilities include wet and dry
vertical ports, horizontal beam tubes, a pneumatic transfer system and a graphite thermal
column. Neutron radiography, prompt gamma activation analysis and neutron depth profiling
facilities are permanently installed.

The Nuclear Services Laboratories are well-equipped to perform routine reactor irradiations,
neutron activation analysis, isotope production and low-level counting. The laboratories maintain
ten high-purity Ge and GeLi detectors, two multi-station Nuclear Data Acquisition and Analysis
Systems, a Liquid Scintillation Counting System, an Alpha Spectroscopy System, sample
preparation equipment and an extensive set of standards. The SPWRF is a non-nuclear working
scale model of a two-loop pressurized water reactor that is used for teaching and research.

The Nuclear Reactor Program is part of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and is located in
the Burlington Engineering Laboratories on the main NC State campus.

OFFICE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - The Office of Information Technology
provides computing services and networking services via the University's Data Communications



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System. This system links most computing systems on campus, including the on-line library
catalog, and also provides access to the Internet.

The Information Technology facility includes a UNIX- and NT-based client/server environment
and software, including word processing, electronic mail, spreadsheets and math tools. Several
networked public facilities are located on campus. Information Technology also provides an array
of centralized services including data networking, consultation, short courses, software licensing,
campus electronic information system through World Wide Web and instructional support.

A number of specialized computing facilities also exist in most colleges/schools which provide
specialized education and research computing for their students. The University participates in the
North Carolina Supercomputing Center and provides high bandwidth communications to CRAY
vector and parallel supercomputers at the Center.

ORGANIZATION FOR TROPICAL STUDIES - NC State is an institutional member of the
Organization for Tropical Studies (GTS), a consortium of North and Central American universities
which maintains field research and teaching facilities in Costa Rica. Each year OTS offers a series
of courses that are open to NC State graduate students including tropical biology, agroecology,
agroforestry and tropical agricultural biology. These 8-week courses, offered in winter and
summer, are taught in Costa Rica and make use of a network of OTS field stations located
throughout the country.

The OTS facilities in Costa Rica also provide a unique opportunity for tropical research by NC
State graduate students and faculty. The principal field station, located in the northeastern Atlantic
lowlands, has excellent laboratory and housing facilities and provides access to a 3,500-acre tract
owned by OTS. Another station is located at mid-elevation in southeastern Costa Rica near the
Panamanian border. OTS also utilizes various other sites, including a seasonally dry area in the
northwestern part of the country and a high-elevation area at 10,000 feet in the Talamanca
range. More information about OTS may be obtained through the International Programs Office of
the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

PESTICIDE RESIDUE RESEARCH LABORATORY - The Pesticide Residue Research
Laboratory is a facility in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences devoted to determining the
environmental fate of pesticide residues primarily in air, plants, soils and water. Although the
laboratory is administered through the Department of Toxicology, it serves the total needs of the
College in cooperative research projects requiring pesticide residue analysis.

Although the laboratory functions as a focal point for residue research involving interdepartmental
cooperation, the faculty in the laboratory conduct independent research on the fate of pesticides,
indoors, after applications in urban environments and their movement and persistence in plants,
soils and water after agricultural applications.

The laboratory is equipped with gas. High Performance Liquid and Capillary Electrophoresis
chromatographs, a GC/MS and all ancillary items required to prepare samples for
quantitation. Graduate study can be undertaken in any aspect of pesticide residue research either in
the Pesticide Residue Research Laboratory or through one of the cooperating departments.



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PRECISION ENGINEERING CENTER - The Precision Engineering Center was established in
1982. The goal is to develop techniques for metrology and manufacturing at tolerances below
those attainable with current technology. For example, fabrication of ftiture electro-optical devices
will require manufacturing tolerances better than 1 millionth of an inch. This goal requires new
methods for measuring and controlling the parts being produced or the process being
performed. Specific research objectives involve the study of metrology systems, control
algorithms, machine structural dynamics, optics, materials, and micro-processors and the details of
many different fabrication processes. An interdisciplinary team of faculty from Mechanical and
Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Computer Science and Physics along
with research staff and graduate students are working together to address these research areas. The
Center is housed in a state-of-the-art facility on the Centennial Campus.

PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL CLINIC AND LABORATORIES - The Department of
Psychology operates the Psychoeducational Clinic located in Poe Hall. The clinic provides both a
service to the public and training for school psychology graduate students. The Clinic serves
children from preschool through adolescence, and services include evaluation, intervention and
consultation.

SEA GRANT COLLEGE PROGRAM - North Carolina Sea Grant College Program is a



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