Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering announces establishment of its first institute

The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) revealed the newly minted Joint School’s Institute for Research Technologies this month. The institute will further strengthen the facilitation of industry partnerships with faculty at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and UNC Greensboro (UNCG) campuses. Additionally, the institute will focus on preparing the next generation of students at JSNN with broad research, technical and entrepreneurial skills that are required for the industry workforce.

“As a land grant university and a Carnegie Community Engaged campus, North Carolina A&T has a long history of service to the community, and this institute offers another opportunity to collaborate with business and industry,” said Beryl McEwen, Ph.D., N.C. A&T provost and executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Given the location of JSNN at the Gateway Research Park, it can play a critical role in providing industry partners with access to state-of-the-art research facilities and have a broader impact as a result.

“We are pleased to launch the Joint School’s new institute and are confident it will spur broader and deeper partnerships for the mutual benefit of our universities, industry partners, and the larger Greensboro community,” said Dana Dunn, Ph.D., UNCG provost and executive vice chancellor.

Specifically, the institute will:

  • Provide industry partners and researchers from JSNN, N.C. A&T and UNCG with access to state-of-the-art research facilities.
  • Foster collaborations and establish research consortia to address some of society’s most pertinent challenges through cutting-edge science and engineering research.
  • Partner with industry partners to provide students with the best educational practices.
  • Provide industry partners with talented students for internships and/or job opportunities.
  • Facilitate university-industry partnerships focused on acquiring funding for joint projects.

“I am thrilled about the approval of the institute by both universities,” said Sherine Obare, Ph.D., JSNN dean. “We are confident that this new structure will not only support access to research facilities for analytical and characterization purposes, but more critically, it will also strengthen partnerships for research and development with our talented faculty members.”

The faculty at JSNN continue to make significant contributions to emerging research issues, covering topics such as cancer biology, antimicrobial resistance to developing state-of-the-art materials for the electronics, automotive and aeronautical industry.

About North Carolina A&T State University

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is the nation’s largest historically black university, ranked number one among public HBCUs by U.S. News & World Report. It is a land-grant, doctoral high-research classified university by the Carnegie Foundation and constituent member of the University of North Carolina system. A&T is known for its leadership in producing graduates in engineering, agriculture and other STEM fields. The university was founded in 1891 and is located in Greensboro, North Carolina.

About UNC Greensboro

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 50 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 2,700+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.