Six N.C. A&T Faculty Members Honored For Outstanding Research Contributions

The Division of Research and Economic Development at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is proud to announce the 2018 winners of the university’s research awards. Twenty-four N.C. A&T researchers were considered for awards this year, with six faculty members being honored for their research contributions at the university’s annual Celebration of Faculty Excellence ceremony and banquet.

Dr. Shengmin Sang, Associate Professor in the Center for Post-Harvest Technologies in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, was honored with the Senior Researcher of the Year Award for his work involving the identification of bioactive components from functional foods and herbal medicines to prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, obesity and diabetes.

Dr. Lifeng Zhang, recipient of the Outstanding Young Investigator Award, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nanoengineering at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. His research interests involve polymer, ceramic and carbon nanomaterials and nanocomposites which are used in a wide variety of energy and biomedical applications.

Dr. Hyung Nam Kim won the Rookie of the Year Award. The Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering conducts research related to the information and technology necessary to aid older adults with visual disabilities as they obtain, process and use health services.

Dr. Sung-Jin Cho was honored with the Intellectual Property Award. An Assistant Professor in the Department of Nanoengineering at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Dr. Cho conducts research in energy storage. He was named inventor on three provisional patent applications, had a Patent Cooperation Treaty application nationally filed, and a commercial license executed with BioSolar.

Dr. Joseph Graves, Jr. and the BEACON Center won the university’s Interdisciplinary Team Award. Dr. Graves is the Associate Dean of the Department of Nanoengineering at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. The BEACON Center supports over twenty faculty researchers at the university, bringing together biologists, computer scientists and engineers to offer solutions to classic problems in organic evolution.

Dr. Jenora Waterman is the winner of the new Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Award. An Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, she has mentored 22 undergraduate students in research since joining the N.C. A&T faculty in 2008. Her team utilizes basic science and translational research approaches to develop models of respiratory diseases affecting farm animals and humans.

The Division of Research and Economic Development (DORED) manages N.C. A&T’s research enterprise. DORED provides services to faculty, postdoctoral research associates, student researchers, current and potential research partners, funding agencies, and economic development agencies. DORED serves the university and its research efforts through research services and project management, compliance and ethics guidelines, aiding in the submission of research proposals, handling financial and regulatory administration of all contracts and grants awarded to N.C. A&T, management of the university’s technology transfer and commercialization programs and promoting opportunities for undergraduates to conduct research.