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N.C. A&T Becomes First HBCU Named NSF Engineering Research Center

North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University will serve as an international leader of engineering research thanks to a prestigious grant awarded by the National Science Foundation.

As a recipient of NSF’s Engineering Research Center (ERC) grant, the Greensboro university will receive $18.5 million over the next five years to develop new technologies that will complement health care services and advocate for the production of more engineering graduates.North Carolina A&T State is the first historically Black college to lead this type of NSF initiative.

Dr. Jagnnathan Sankar, the university’s Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering who will serve as director of the program, says the award marks an important achievement for the university and the community.

The NSF has awarded 49 ERC grants since the program’s inception in 1985. Following North Carolina State and Duke universities, A&T is the third university in North Carolina to receive the ERC honor, according to recent reports. However, the ERC for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials at A&T will focus on three engineered systems: craniofacial and orthopedic applications, cardiovascular devices, and responsive biosensors for implants.

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