ECE Research Centers

In the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, there is a strong emphasis placed on research. This emphasis is reflected in the nine distinct research centers in which the department is involved with. These research centers give students a chance to interact with industry professionals, helping to give them an edge on the competition once their time at NC State comes to a close. The experiences they have as students at these state of the art facilities does a great deal to mold them into the next generation of leaders in the field of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Research done in our centers continually garners international recognition and often leads to new patents and prototypes being created for potential future market use. The faculty who run these centers have been recognized many times for their accomplishments. Below, you will find links to each of ECE's research centers where you can explore in more detail what each of them studies.

Advanced Transportation Energy Center

ATECInnovating the next generation of transportation fuel and technology.

The mission of the Advanced Transportation Energy Center (ATEC) is to develop fundamental and enabling technologies that will facilitate the electric power industry to actively manage and control large amount of plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) and plug-in electric vehicle (PEV). ATEC will also develop battery and power electronics technologies to help the automobile industry develop better and more efficient PHEVs and PEVs, hence allowing our nation to move away from gasoline based vehicles. ATEC will also educate the public about the advantages of PHEV and PEV through its outreach program in collaboration with industry sponsors.

Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies

NSF Center NSF Center

ASSISTTransforming U.S. and global health informatics, electronics, and biomedical engineering industries. Empowering personal environmental health monitoring and emergency response.

The NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center (NERC) for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) will develop and employ nano- enabled energy harvesting, energy storage, nanodevices and sensors to create innovative battery-free, body-powered, and wearable health monitoring systems.

Center for Efficient, Scalable and Reliable Computing

CESRDeveloping efficient, scalable and reliable computers that benefit North Carolina, the Nation, and corporate affiliates.

The Mission of CESR is to research, design, and build computer systems that are Efficient, Scalable and Reliable. Increasingly, these are the key requirements for a wide range of computing systems --- from ASICs to cell phones to corporate servers: efficient in their use of energy, space, and memory; scalable in performance and cost; and reliable in the face of high transaction rates and adverse environments. We address these challenges through research in VLSI design, processor architecture, compilers, memory systems, system architecture, and application software.

Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines

CRIMFostering increased interaction in the technologies of advanced robotics and intelligent machines research.

The Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (CRIM) was established in 1992 with the mission of fostering increased interaction in the interdiscplinary technologies of advance robotics and intelligent machines research. The CRIM focuses its research themes to meet its mission within the State as well as nationally and internationally. This is being achieved through various programs of evolution, integration, and collaboration. The changing face of the State's hi-tech industries motivates the CRIM to broaden its research base to include biotechnology and information technology themes, since these industries are expanding quickly within the State and the nation.

Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management Systems Center

NSF Center NSF Center

FREEDMDeveloping the engineering, science and technology needed to create the 21st century renewable energy power grid

The Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center, headquartered on NC State University's Centennial Campus, is one of the latest Gen-III Engineering Research Center (ERC) established by National Science Foundation in 2008. The FREEDM Systems Center will partner with universities, industry and national laboratories in 28 states and nine countries to develop technology to revolutionize the nation's power grid and speed renewable electric-energy technologies into every home and business. The center will be supported by an initial five-year, $18.5 million grant from NSF with an additional $10 million in institutional support and industry membership fees. More than 65 utility companies, electrical equipment manufacturers, alternative energy start-ups and other established and emerging firms are part of this global partnership.

Institute for Next Generation IT Systems

ITngWorking at the forefront of advanced computing, networking, and cybersecurity through collaborative research and development.

The Institute for Next Generation IT Systems (ITng) operates at the intersection of research, practice, and policy by leading research related to the interconnection of digitally aware intelligent instruments into cooperating systems, facilitating the transition of good ideas into practice, and leveraging advanced practice in research.

NC State Nanofabrication Facility

NNFCommitted to providing nanofabrication support to researchers from both academia and industry.

The NCSU Nanofabrication Facility provides users with a broad range of nanofabrication capabilities to support a diverse set of projects. The facility houses virtually all standard thin film processing tools including a state-of-the-art ASML laser scanner for high volume, 193 nm patterning. The facility serves as a melting pot for a community of top-notch researchers from academica, government labs and industry representing a variety of disciplines. The vast majority of users, many traveling from afar, prefer to come on-site for hands-on access to the facility. However, users with well-defined projects can also have their work performed by our experienced staff.

Power Semiconductor Research Center

PSRCServing as an international forum for the exploration of ideas that enable improvements in power semiconductor devices.

With the widespread use of power devices in consumer electronics, for transportation, and air-conditioning, power semiconductor technology plays an important role for improving the comfort and well being of people around the world. They are also key enabling devices for reduction of wasted power leading to reduction of usage of fossil fuels and the concomitant reduction in environmental pollution. The Power Semiconductor Research Center (PSRC) was established at North Carolina State University in 1991 to fill this gap.