"North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is a land-grant university, which means, among many other activities, we make things.
Our researchers make things you can hold or touch, like hypoallergenic peanuts and asphalt that requires less petroleum. And they make things less tangible, like biometric software, carbon nanotubes and history.
With a little elbow grease and lots of collaboration, our researchers and students spend time discovering, designing, building, and growing new ideas and solutions.
North Carolina A&T's motto is "Mens et Manus": Mind and Hands. Those words set the university on a course more than 100 years ago. Today, that course brings N.C. A&T together with President Barak Obama and more than 150 other universities to celebrate a Nation of Makers (#NationOfMakers on Twitter).
"On Wednesday, June 18, President Obama will host the first ever White House Maker Faire and meet with students, entrepreneurs and everyday citizens who are using new tools and techniques to launch new businesses, learn vital skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and fuel the renaissance in American manufacturing. The President will also announce new steps the Administration and its partners are taking to support the ability of more Americans, young and old, to have to access to these tools and techniques and brings their ideas to life.
"America has always been a nation of tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs. In recent years, a growing number of Americans have gained access to technologies such as 3D printers, laser cutters, easy-to-use design software, and desktop machine tools. These tools are enabling more Americans to design and build almost anything.
"The rise of the Maker Movement represents a huge opportunity for the United States. Nationwide, new tools for democratized production are boosting innovation and entrepreneurship in manufacturing, in the same way that the Internet and cloud computing have lowered the barriers to entry for digital startups, creating the foundation for new products and processes that can help to revitalize American manufacturing."
At A&T we celebrate our researchers, like Dr. Salil Desai, Dr. Stephanie Luster-Teasley, and Dr. Jianmei Yu, who all have received patents recently for things they've made. We celebrate Dr. Ellie Fini and Dr. Ajit Kelkar, who have made things that they've been able to build businesses around. And we celebrate our students – those who have competed in the annual Innovation Challenge and those who we feature on Aggie Entrepreneurs webpage – who aren’t waiting to graduate before they start making things.
New products and processes that can help revitalize American manufacturing: N.C. A&T joins the nation to celebrate our work and the nation of makers.
For more information on A&T research initiatives, visit http://www.ncat.edu/research/index.html."
A Press Release