Solutions for a Better World
NC State unites the world’s best faculty and researchers with government and industry partners to think and do the extraordinary. Our faculty create dynamic new approaches to teaching and learning, fuel industries and breakthroughs, and guide our students to impactful futures.
Private support creates extraordinary partnerships and fuels extraordinary breakthroughs.
By 2050, Earth will be home to an estimated 9 billion people. In order to feed everyone, current food production must increase by at least 50 percent, despite shrinking farmland and climate shifts. Big problems like these don’t come in neat packages. They demand interdisciplinary partnerships — the kind NC State excels at leading. Your support ensures the university can continue its growth as a comprehensive research powerhouse that produces results while understanding how those results affect people.
Extraordinary Purpose in Action
“Immigration is central to American history and life today. NC State’s research into the stories of immigrants — their contributions to and impact on our society, culture and economy — will always be a crucial and relevant pursuit that will help the university shape policy. This essential work would not be possible without private support.”
— Akram Khater, professor, Khayrallah Chair in Diaspora Studies
Fuel for the Brightest Minds
NC State generates remarkable return on investment, contributing $6.5 billion to North Carolina’s economy every year — an impact equivalent to more than 91,000 new jobs. With the help of private support, we are reaching new levels in sponsored research funding, tech transfer and entrepreneurship. Behind every statistic: our people.
NC State’s faculty are developing next-generation power electronics; breeding a better sweet potato; creating nanoscale delivery systems that act as anti-cancer smart bombs; designing lightweight membranes for use in aircraft manufacturing to block jet-engine sound waves; working with paraplegic dogs to prove a drug’s effectiveness in treating spinal-cord injuries; studying ways to improve government efficiency; and immersing people in transcendent moments of history, such as Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1962 dream-filled speech in Rocky Mount, N.C.
They also engage, educate, mentor and inspire the next generation. But less than 10 percent of NC State’s professors hold named and endowed positions, compared to 15 to 20 percent at most of our peer universities.
With your support, we can strengthen NC State’s doctoral programs and attract, retain and support the top faculty members who are the heart of any great university. Those investments are key to delivering solutions that make the world a better place — and to producing leaders poised to make extraordinary discoveries of their own.
Purpose at NC State
Hasan Jameel, the Jordan Family Distinguished Professor for Natural Resource Innovation, and his students are working to unleash untapped potential in America’s forests that could help reduce the nation’s dependence on nonrenewable resources.
Passing on a Love for Learning
Anne Schout, an NC State alumnus in mechanical engineering, made the commitment to establish the P.H. Cooper Distinguished Professorship in NC State’s College of Education. Named for Schout’s father and with a nod to her own area of expertise, the position will focus on furthering outstanding science, technology, engineering and math education and preparing the next generation of North Carolina educators.
Reflection of a Legacy
A new documentary explores how language and speech manifest in the everyday lives of African-American English speakers. Walt Wolfram, the William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at NC State, is the film’s executive producer.
Boosting Big Sweet Potato Research
Dr. G. Craig Yencho, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and program leader for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' sweet potato and potato breeding and genetics programs, along with fellow researcher Bode Olukolu, has received an Agricultural Greater Good Initiative Award from the genomics company Illumina.