Dr. Harold L. Martin, Sr.
Chancellor of NC A&T SU
First, I’d like to reiterate our commitment to ensure the success of the numerous joint projects that have been undertaken by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina A&T State University.
Our partnership efforts have culminated in the successful launch of such programs as the development of Gateway University Research Park, the Joint Masters of Social Work, and now the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.
The lesson that continues to hold true is that by combining our respective strengths, we can ensure the continued success of preparing outstanding graduates to be competitive in the professional workforce and also maintain our standing as a region of economic competitiveness in the areas of research and development.
The academic pursuits within the realm of nanotechnology will enhance the quality of substantive research conducted here in the Triad, enhance the outgrowth of patent disclosure, increase opportunities for technology transfer, and increase the number of new technology spin-off business that raise employment levels and trigger job growth in this region.
The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering will permit North Carolina A&T and UNCG to recruit exceptional faculty, build high-quality nanotechnology programs, work collaboratively with other faculty members and world-class researchers, create companies, create jobs, and ultimately, stimulate our local economy.
Our ability to be transformative leaders in technology will establish this region on the global forefront to attract multinational operations, and work collaboratively with other world-class researchers to foster the development of emerging industries, launch new companies, and create jobs.
Dr. Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. Chancellor of UNCG
The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering is a powerful example of the impact that bringing together two great universities, several academic disciplines, and a cadre of talented faculty can have on moving science and our community forward.
In reality, the majority of challenges we face today demand collaborative, multi-disciplinary solutions. This kind of work does not happen by accident, but rather by design and with an intentional focus on bringing people, organizations and ideas together in meaningful ways. With the support of our campuses and community leaders, JSNN has become a strong anchor point for Gateway University Research Park and an important resource for numerous business and industry partners.
These public-private partnerships not only drive economic development, but also provide critical learning opportunities for our students and unique research opportunities for our faculty. Together the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina A&T State University are harnessing our strengths to work toward the common good. ‘Nano’ may mean small, but the Joint School is helping our faculty, students, partners and our region take Giant Steps forward.