The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN), an innovative collaboration between North Carolina A&T State University (N.C. A&T) and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNC Greensboro), established the Joint School’s Institute for Research Technologies (JSIRT). The purpose of the Institute is to accelerate research and innovation through state-of-art research facilities, and collaborative partnerships with industry driven by the brainpower of the JSNN faculty. The Institute will serve as a hub for convergence research strengthened by industry partnerships and academic expertise.
The Institute will accelerate research and innovation through access to analytical and characterization instrumentation, strategic partnerships with faculty and industry, and building a skilled workforce.
The Institute aims to gain national recognition as a science, engineering, and nanotechnology research and innovation hub for the Triad and beyond. (Recent acquisition of funding from the National Science Foundation for the research facilities at JSNN are indicators of the potential for this Institute).
• To support the research of the faculty at JSNN, N.C. A&T and UNC Greensboro by providing access to research facilities, opportunities to establish research consortia with industry partners, access to best educational practices from industry that can be adapted to train students, and opportunities for joint projects and external funding.
• To support JSNN, N.C. A&T and UNC Greensboro students with access to internships and job opportunities, research facilities, and STEM entrepreneurship education.
• To support industry partners by providing access to research resources including access to research instrumentation, opportunities to build partnerships with faculty, and access to students to work on projects.
The establishment of the Institute for Research Technologies at JSNN for University-Industry partnerships will play an integral role in building research innovation at N.C. A&T and UNC Greensboro. Coupled with innovative research, will be the ability to provide new opportunities for our students both in terms of the training they receive as well as internship and employment prospects. Consequently, JSIRT will play an important role in workforce development in the Triad region.