Retired two-star U.S. Army general Nick Justice has been named the leader of the new public-private power electronics manufacturing institute that will be headquartered at N.C. State University's Centennial Campus.
President Barack Obama announced the PowerAmerica institute during a visit to the campus a year ago. Its goals include developing next-generation energy-efficient electronic chips and devices, and it got initial funding of $70 million in federal money and $70 million from the state, universities and businesses spread over five years.
During a 41-year career in the army, Justice's roles included command of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command and the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. His service includes tours of duty in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. In 2009 he was inducted into the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame.
Justice retired from the Army in 2012.
At PowerAmerica he will replace Dennis Kekas, the associate vice chancellor of the Centennial Campus Partnership Office, who has served as interim director.
The institute is expected to open its office at Centennial Campus later this year.