NC State revs its research engine with a $25 million grant

April 17, 2014 

The prominence of N.C. State University as a national leader in research has again been reinforced. This time, NCSU will lead a $25 million federal effort to find ways to detect the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

N.C. State will be joined by several other universities around the country in carrying out the research. It will be funded by the National Nuclear Security Administration, a part of the U.S. Department of Energy. NNSA has as its mission the task of managing the United States’ nuclear stockpiles. It also seeks to curb the spread of nuclear weapons and to monitor and reduce weapons of mass destruction. That is no small mission in a time when nations such as North Korea and Iran have made or are attempting to make nuclear reserves with the threat that they intend to build full-scale nuclear arsenals.

For N.C. State to have such a prominent role in the international effort to stem the spread of nukes reflects on its great overall reputation. And as Chancellor Randy Woodson noted, it also demonstrates, again, that the university has one of the nation’s finest nuclear engineering programs.

Within the past year, the university has gotten even bigger grants, one from the Department of Energy to develop power electronics and another from the National Security Agency to study and make recommendations on the handling of “big data.”

And in 2011 the university led another team that received $25 million to study the control and prevention of foodborne viruses. The university snared that grant because it also has developed one of the world’s foremost agriculture science programs.

Let us not neglect to mention that in the area of liberal arts, the university is no slouch, having had on its faculty a prestigious Hemingway scholar and creating a strong writing curriculum.

N.C. State is doing excellent work on many fronts. That’s why it continues to be asked to do more of it. And that success lifts not only the university but also the region and the state it serves.

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