Centers and Institutes

Many research centers and institutes on campus and throughout North Carolina have close connections to the College of Sciences. These centers are listed, from top to bottom, according to their administrative organization within the university, the College or the academic departments.

University Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development

Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites

The Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS) is a consortium of academic, non-profit and community organizations with leadership from NC State and the University of Maryland-College Park. CICS provides focuses for collaborative research and associated activities in support of NOAA mission goals related to meteorological satellite and climate data and information research and development. The broad CICS consortium constitutes a first step toward the implementation of an academic infrastructure needed to support a national climate service.

Center for Marine Sciences and Technology

The Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST) is located on the campus of the Carteret Community College in Morehead City, NC. It provides a unique partnership between the university and community college, as well as greater opportunities for cooperative ventures between the universities and other agencies who share marine and fishery interests.

College of Sciences

Bioinformatics Research Center

The Bioinformatics Research Center (BRC) at NC State is one of the world’s premier centers for education and research in bioinformatics, the field that integrates information science and statistics with the study of genomics. Established in 2000, the BRC is located on NC State’s Centennial Campus.

The BRC has two important missions:

Research: Our research focuses on the development of new computational and statistical tools for the analysis and interpretation of genomic data. Our research addresses both theoretical and practical issues in human, plant, and animal genetics.

Education: The BRC is dedicated to providing outstanding educational and training opportunities for graduate students and genomic scientists. We offer graduate programs in bioinformatics and statistical genetics.

The W.M. Keck Center for Behavioral Biology

The W. M. Keck Center for Behavioral Biology provides a multidisciplinary environment for interdepartmental training and collaborative research in the fundamental principles that govern animal behavior. The objectives of the center are to promote a strong, nationally prominent, multidisciplinary research endeavor that integrates molecular, evolutionary and quantitative genetics with physiology and behavioral ecology to study fundamental principles of animal behavior and to provide an interdisciplinary predoctoral and postdoctoral training program that will give students a broad perspective on behavioral biology and provide a new generation of scientists with the tools to investigate complex issues of behavior.

Center for High Performance Simulation

CHiPS promotes collaboration between NC State’s Colleges of Sciences and Engineering in electronic, atomic, meso-scale, and macroscopic simulation methods and offers training and research to graduate students. The center has three thrust areas: (1) materials and biomaterials; (2) computational fluid dynamics, including meteorological and astrophysics applications; and (3) applied mathematics and computer science. CHiPS offers graduate courses in simulation methods, workshops on high performance simulation, and visiting researcher seminars.

Center for Quantitative Sciences in Biomedicine

The Center for Quantitative Sciences in Biomedicine (CQSB) is a formal, multidisciplinary research center at NC State. Its mission is to catalyze and facilitate research projects in the biomedical sciences whose success requires integrated collaborations among scientists in the quantitative and biological disciplines. The CQSB is devoted to identifying such projects, to assembling the expertise required to address them from both within and outside the university, and to leveraging such research to provide a basis for unique graduate and post-graduate training at the intersection of the quantitative and biomedical sciences.

Center for Research in Scientific Computation

The Center for Research in Scientific Computation (CRSC) is a formally recognized, multidisciplinary center administered by NC State. Its purpose is to foster research in scientific computing and provide a focal point for research in computational science, engineering and applied mathematics. Graduate education and postdoctoral research opportunities are also a major focuses of CRSC faculty and staff.

The State Climate Office

The State Climate Office of North Carolina is a public service center in the College of Sciences providing extension services that include dissemination of North Carolina climate data to the public. It operates the North Carolina Agricultural Weather and Network and provides processed data to users. The State Climate Office also assists North Carolina state agencies and other extension scientists in climate-environment issues and related applications. Research performed at the State Climate Office in cooperation with the faculty from collaborating institutions is designed to enhance extension work related to North Carolina climate variations and its interaction with the environment. Educational activities involve undergraduate and high school internships and provide climate-related information to schools and community colleges. The State Climate Office is committed to improving socioeconomic conditions in North Carolina. It is involved in the multifaceted effort of managing, accessing, analyzing, disseminating, and interpreting weather information to provide environmental stewardship. The State Climate Office also describes, monitors, and assesses climate change and its resulting impacts on policy changes.

NC State Affiliated Centers and Institutes

Department of Chemistry: Center for Molecular Spintronics

The Center for Molecular Spintronics seeks to reveal the fundamental principles underlying the optimal use of organic molecules for spin transport and manipulation through new synthesis, advanced characterization, and state-of-the-art modeling. These principles will drive the development of a new generation of low-cost, high-power, high-performance spin-dependent device applications. The center is committed to pursuing these developments in close concert with industrial partners, science educators, and the general public to ensure wide-reaching impacts.

Departments of Mathematics and Statistics: The Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI)

The Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI), was established in 2002. SAMSI is a partnership of NC State, Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS), in collaboration with the William Kenan, Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science. SAMSI is part of the Mathematical Sciences Institutes program of the Division of Mathematical Sciences at the National Science Foundation. SAMSI’s mission is to forge a synthesis of the statistical sciences and the applied mathematical sciences with disciplinary science to confront the very hardest and most important data- and model-driven scientific challenges. The organization is housed at the NISS/SAMSI building in Research Triangle Park, NC.

The Southeast Climate Science Center

The Department of the Interior Southeastern Climate Science Center (SE CSC) is one of eight regional Climate Science Centers. These CSCs provide scientific information, tools and techniques that land, water, wildlife and cultural resource managers and other interested parties can apply to anticipate, monitor and adapt to climate and ecologically-driven responses at regional-to-local scales. In particular, the SE CSC works with the six Landscape Conservation Cooperatives in the Southeast (Appalachian, Caribbean, Gulf Coast Prairie, Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks, Peninsular Florida, and South Atlantic LCCs) to identify global change-related information needed by resource managers and others, including physical and biological research, ecological forecasting, and multi-scale modeling.