A&T Center Shares Lab Work at a Distance

13 July 2001

The accurate portrayal of laboratory work is a challenge to educators using distance education technology. A new grant will help a laboratory at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University overcome that challenge.

Using a $129,754 supplemental grant from the Office of Naval Research, the Center for Composite Materials Research at North Carolina A&T State University will expand a research project examining the performance of composite materials and the methods used to monitor the structural health of those materials.In the expansion, faculty will develop a digital processing laboratory which will enable students and others away from A&T’s campus to see manufacturing and research demonstrations via the Web and other media.

“We’re committed to expanding learning opportunities to all students, regardless of their location,” said Dr. Kunigal Shivakumar, interim director of the A&T Center. “Furthermore, our relationships with private companies and community colleges necessitate that we find efficient means of sharing knowledge. This project will help us in that endeavor.”Recently, A&T has formed relationships with 3TEX, a Cary-based company that uses an A&T manufacturing technology, and Isothermal Community College, located in Spindale, to conduct training in composite materials.

The Center for Composite Materials Research includes three laboratories with a combined area of 7,240 square feet. Eight faculty and nine students participate in its activities.For more information, please contact Dr. Kunigal Shivakumar, NC A&T State University, (336) 334-7411, ext. 2112.

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