NC State’s Strategic Research Areas
Each day, faculty here are addressing the defining issues and opportunities of our time. See where we make our mark.
NC State researchers don’t shy away from a challenge. Instead, we meet society’s most pressing problems with big ideas and bold solutions.
Whether we’re finding ways to make communities healthier or harnessing data to solve previously unsolvable problems, the work we do here leads to real outcomes.
Now, we’re introducing five strategic research areas that define our focus — and show how our efforts fit into the world around us.
By highlighting NC State’s role in these areas, we’re also uncovering new collaborations that can benefit everyone.
We’re bringing together faculty across disciplines to tackle shared problems. We’re working with peer universities to further shared ambitions. And we’re connecting our experts to government and industry leaders with shared goals.
Designing Healthy and Resilient Societies
We cultivate a strong, healthful world. NC State researchers find innovative ways to improve our well-being — whether they’re putting precision medicine to work or they’re using textile technology to 3D-print fibers that better mimic those in the human body.
Here, we make healthier animals and more nutritious crops. And we set our sights on adaptive, holistic solutions to better our communities, our economy and the changing environment.
Supplementing the body’s healing power
Using biological data to solve real-world scenarios
Mental health and wellness
Holistically building better lives
Sustainable community design
Finding innovative housing solutions that reduce environmental impact
Maximizing production of crops while minimizing risk
Harnessing Data for Decision Making
We combat complex problems with quality data. In an increasingly data-centric world, our researchers are improving the information we collect — and making sure it’s used for good. We team up with policy experts and use analytics to predict natural disasters and emerging global trends. And we connect with industry leaders to advance promising fields such as quantum computing.
Data visualization and modeling
Translating data for clear communication
Using technology to make informed business decisions
Data sciences and analytics
Turning data into actionable insights
Automating analytical model building
Driving policies about the conscientious use of data
Enriching the Human Experience
We examine the world around us and use what we learn to benefit future generations. Our faculty collaborate across disciplines to study our past, our present and what it means to be human. And the scientific discoveries we’re making today will become tomorrow’s fundamentals in fields like chemistry and physics.
Whether we’re bringing historical events to life with virtual reality, probing the mysteries of deep space or making students and teachers more resilient, we’re turning endeavors of self-discovery into real-world insights.
Enhancing humanities scholarship through technology
Intellectual exploration and discovery
Questioning our world to gain deeper understanding
Arts and creativity
Pushing boundaries through imaginative thinking
Improving interactions with products and environments
Rethinking education systems for better outcomes
Creating Safe, Secure and Intelligent Systems
We put innovative technology to work to make smarter machines, more efficient processes and safer communities. We’re accelerating artificial intelligence through new training techniques that take a fraction of the time. And our researchers are developing cutting-edge, electronic-based teaching methods projected to change the face of education.
Using research-informed strategies to improve reading proficiency
Understanding social context to create better communities
Internet of Things
Introducing intelligence and connectedness to objects
Advanced materials and manufacturing
Optimizing materials and processes
Training computer systems to solve and anticipate complex problems
Driving Food, Water and Energy Solutions
We respond to a growing local and global population with sustainable solutions. NC State research benefits the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. And it promotes resource conservation through initiatives like PowerAmerica, a collaboration with the Department of Energy to create cheaper, more efficient semiconductors.
Collecting energy from naturally replenishable resources
Developing systems and technologies to be better stewards of our planet
Advancing discoveries in plant research — from food to fibers and beyond
Air and water filtration
Purifying the building blocks we need to survive
Finding adaptive solutions to environmental challenges