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NC State Welcomes Obama

In a campus event Jan. 15, President Obama announced that NC State has been selected to lead one of the nation’s most advanced research institutes.

The $140 million Next Generation Power Electronics National Manufacturing Innovation Institute is tasked with perfecting a technology that allows power electronic components to be smaller, faster, more reliable and more efficient than those made with silicon-base semiconductors. This effort could lead to dramatic energy savings for industries and consumers, accelerate the widespread use of electric vehicles and help utility companies integrate renewable energy sources onto the power grid.