That’s the drive behind NC State’s mantra of “Think and Do.”
For business and government leaders who want to get things done, there’s no better destination than NC State. Our culture of innovation has attracted dozens of partners from around the globe who come to us with a common goal: solving society’s toughest problems.
On Centennial Campus — our pioneering public-private research campus — interdisciplinary teams of students and faculty tackle seemingly insurmountable challenges, from climate change and nuclear proliferation to the flood of big data and global competition for manufacturing jobs. We’re one of only two universities in the nation leading two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers: one redesigning the nation’s aging power grid and the other developing self-powered health monitoring devices.
Innovation goes hand in hand with entrepreneurship at NC State. Our faculty, students and industry partners have spun off more than 125 companies developing technologies invented in our labs and centers.
By focusing on real-world needs, NC State is leading the nation in shaping the future of higher education.
169Commercialization Licenses and Options
#2in Commercialization of Research
More Than 600 License Agreements
125+Startups and Spinoffs
When executives at Eastman Chemical Company went looking for a research partner, they were so impressed by the innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration they found at NC State that they negotiated a six-year master research agreement to benefit both the company and the university. After an investment of five years and $13.3 million, that effort has paid off. In business segments such as additives, advanced materials, fibers and chemical intermediates, Eastman has leveraged research and innovation to anticipate market trends and outpace the competition. And they’ve hired nine of our Ph.D. students since 2011.