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Below is recent coverage in local, regional and national media outlets highlighting NC State's partnerships with industry.

To view full NC State media coverage, visit NC State News.

What’s next for Centennial Campus? NC State seeks approval for expansion and growth.

Nov. 9, 2020 | News & Observer

Centennial Campus has become one of the Triangle’s most important economic engines. It’s been a launching pad for some of the region’s largest home-grown tech companies, like Red Hat before its explosive growth, and Bandwidth, a communications technology company, that is similarly about to build its own headquarters after outgrowing its offices on the campus.

Hanesbrands takes next PPE step with more breathable surgical mask

Oct. 24, 2020 | Winston-Salem Journal

Hanesbrands Inc. has taken the next step toward making PPE a manufacturing mainstay with the development of a more breathable, single-use surgical mask. The Winston-Salem manufacturer is being assisted by the Nonwovens Institute at NC State, a shared biomedical engineering program at NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill, and UNC Health.

North Carolina partnership makes sure there are enough N95 masks to meet demand

Oct. 13, 2020 | Fox8

While the supply shortage has started to ease, it’s still difficult to find some items. Now a new effort by Blue Cross NC along with NC State researchers and manufacturers will solve the problem.

NC State, Blue Cross NC-led group to deliver 200,000 masks a month to health care workers

Sept. 28, 2020 | News & Observer

Employing textile technology created at NC State, a collaboration of health care and manufacturing concerns can now make and distribute up to 200,000 protective masks a month. The group, called Made in NC, will distribute the N95 masks to health care and essential workers to ensure a ready supply of personal protective equipment.

How colleges and universities are stepping up to produce essential PPE for health-care workers

May 5, 2020 | CNBC

But North Carolina State has likely created one of the most impressive college PPE production programs in the country. Chancellor Randy Woodson tells CNBC Make It that the school is helping manufacture material for N95 masks, surgical masks and plastic face shields. 

Delta joins IBM Q Network, to explore ‘quantum computing’

Jan. 9, 2020 | Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta and IBM are “embarking on a multi-year collaborative effort.” By joining IBM’s Q Network, the airline will have access to the IBM Q Hub at NC State, which boasts the largest concentration of universal hardware quantum computers for commercial use cases and fundamental research.

Delta Air Lines becomes first company to join IBM’s quantum computing hub at NC State

Jan. 8, 2020 | News & Observer

A little more than a year and a half after IBM launched a quantum computing hub on NC State’s Centennial Campus, Delta Air Lines will be the first industry partner to work there.

How North Carolina is Fueling Startup Success

Dec. 20, 2019 | Forbes

More than 75 companies call the University’s Centennial Campus home, ranging from early-stage startups to multinationals listed on Forbes’ Global 1000. For example, Red Hat, which was acquired in July by IBM for $34 billion, got an early start on Centennial, moving to the campus in 2002 and outgrowing the space in 2013 before moving to downtown Raleigh. SAS, the world’s largest privately-held software company, also traces its roots to NC State. And notable newcomers (or at least newer), Bandwidth and Pryon are also headquartered on campus.

Triangle to host drone tests with big implications for 5G; part of $100M investment

Sept. 18, 2019 | Triangle Business Journal

The National Science Foundation at U.S. Ignite announced that the Triangle has been selected to host the nation’s third (after New York City and Salt Lake City) advanced wireless platform, and the first to advance the connection between 5G and drones. NSF and an industry consortium have committed to investing a combined $100 million over the next seven years to build specialized wireless networks to increase speed and capacity.

NC State lands new center to study 5G wireless and drones

Sept. 18, 2019 | News & Observer

NC State will be the new home of a National Science Foundation and industry-funded center to study the implementation of advance wireless infrastructure and drones.

US Ignite Announces North Carolina Wireless Testbed

Sept. 18, 2019 | Government Technology

NC State has been named as the site of a new next-gen communications research center, funded in part by the National Science Foundation. The center will focus on drone and autonomous vehicle work.

$24M grant goes to NC State, partners to develop new 5G, drone technology

Sept. 18, 2019 | WRAL

NC State and several partners have landed a $24 million federal grant to create the first wireless platform to link drones and emerging next-generation technology known as 5G.

NC State and HQ Raleigh open co-working space on campus, aimed at startups and students

April 11, 2019 | News & Observer

NC State has had a longstanding relationship with HQ Raleigh, even before adding the Centennial Campus space. The university’s entrepreneurship clinic is housed at HQ Raleigh’s Warehouse District space on Harrington Street.

NC State and IBM Build Hub for Quantum Computing Research

July 22, 2019 | Campus Technology

For IBM, the opportunity to work with NC State presented many benefits. The collaboration gives NC State and IBM the ability to take academic work beyond the theoretical, to look into the applications of quantum computing research.

How NC State is planning for the future of quantum computing

Feb. 27, 2019 | EdScoop

To accelerate the development of quantum computing, NC State and IBM are putting the technology in the hands of the the future workforce of the field — college students. New curriculum and research on quantum computing, enabled by IBM’s first university-based quantum computing hub in North America at NC State, is introducing students to the technology that experts say will shape computing in the coming years.

Quantum Computing: Triangle’s next high-tech cluster?

Nov. 30, 2018 | Triangle Business Journal

For the Triangle, hub status for quantum computing research and development with assistance from local universities could catapult a variety of industries to levels not imagined in the current environment. 

Mann+Hummel moves AI startup from Silicon Valley to the Triangle

July 20, 2018 | Triangle Business Journal

Mann+Hummel, a German filter manufacturing firm with an innovation center at NC State’s Centennial Campus, hand-selected the five founders from its campuses across the globe. They would be part of something new, an incubation initiative Mann+Hummel was starting in order to foster new products.

Why Raleigh, North Carolina, Will Be the Next Startup Hub

June 25, 2018 | Inc.

NC State’s Centennial Campus, just west of downtown, looks and feels like Silicon Valley. The Hunt Library is stunning. This access to large companies, talented students, and residential living — all in one place, five minutes from downtown — propels growth for the region.

NC State is giving IBM a hand in pushing what might be computing’s next revolution

May 14, 2018 | News & Observer

NC State is the first North American university to join the IBM Q Network, a collaboration that already included a trio of overseas universities, government agencies like the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and an assortment of private-sector companies.

NC State to be first IBM Quantum Computing Hub in North America

May 10, 2018 | WRAL

The partnership between NC State and IBM aims to advance quantum computing, interdisciplinary research and student development.

IBM chooses NC State as partner for first IBM Quantum Computing Hub in North America

May 10, 2018 | WRAL TechWire

The partnership between NC State and IBM aims to advance quantum computing, interdisciplinary research and student development.

Higher education’s role in workforce development

May 1, 2018 | HigherEdWorks

As a research-extensive land-grant institution, NC State is dedicated to excellent teaching, the creation and application of knowledge, and engagement with public and private partners. This means that NC State works to equip its students with the tools they need to solve real-world problems, and provide the state with innovation and development to support future growth. The university generates an estimated $6.5 billion in annual added income to North Carolina’s economy. 

NC State powers the Wake County economy

Aug. 31, 2017 | Business NC

While the Office of Partnerships and Economic Development’s work happens throughout the community, much of it is done on the university’s Centennial Campus. Its mission is collaboration. Companies may locate on campus to take advantage of the university’s research, experts and workforce resources. Together they overcome challenges and find ways to monetize discoveries.

If global nutrition firm picks RTP, NC State helps plant the seeds

July 28, 2017 | WRAL TechWire

“Premex has partnered with NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. We’ve been working on ways to raise healthier poultry by enhancing the animal’s natural antibiotics through nutrition. This partnership has been one of the key reasons we established Premex Innovation Labs in the Triangle,” said Premex CEO Alejandro Mesa.