A Timeline: 125 Years of Innovation
Several agriculture experiment stations transferred to the North Carolina College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts, founded in 1887.
B.F. Knapp develops first vaccine for fowl pox.
Floyd Israel devises a faster, cheaper method for cooking wood pulp, yet keeping quality.
J.G. Staunton finds that use of chlorine, thus forming chloramines, renders treated wastewater less objectionable to public water supplies downstream.
Donald Benton’s team identifies effects of constant light & temperature on growing cotton.
Allies in WWII use Robert Stone’s research on insulation for radio, radar & medical equipment.
The nation’s first nuclear reactor to focus on teaching, research & public service opens.
The new Industrial Extension Service is the first of its kind in the nation.
With partners at Charlotte Memorial Hospital, W.E. Shinn develops first synthetic aorta by using a modified necktie machine.
NC State, Duke and UNC-CH establish the Research Triangle Institute at Research Triangle Park.
Ken-Ichi Kojima’s study of polymorphism lays groundwork for population genetics & DNA forensics.
Team develops & tests method for detecting minute levels of pesticides in surface water.
Marvin Speck develops Sweet Acidophilus milk with bacteria beneficial to digestion.
Frranklin Hart develops noise-control technologies for worker safety in factories.
James Goodnight & statistics team develop the Statistical Analysis System, the basis for the SAS Institute.
Ellis Cowling publishes early paper on acid rain, focusing on Appalachian forests.
Solomon Hersch & Subhash Batra begin studies that will reduce brown lung disease in textile mills.
J.C. Raulston founds NC State Arboretum, which will introduce more than 320 new plants.
John Hauser’s team builds the first monolithic cascade solar cell to harness solar energy.
The State Climate Office moves to campus as primary source for climate information and research.
The Solar House, now part of the Solar Center, opens to demonstrate new technologies.
NC State welcomes its first class of future veterinarians. The college is now rated third in the nation.
State of North Carolina assigns initial acreage for Centennial Campus. First university occupant arrives in 1989.
Students form CREE Research Inc., first maker of blue light-emitting diodes (or LEDs) in 1989.
NSF awards the Engineering Research Center for Advanced Electronic Materials Processing.
Mars Mission Center established in partnership with NC A&T.
Ronald Mace establishes Center for Universal Design to focus design on wide accessibility.
Bruce Weir publishes standard text for teaching Genetic and DNA forensics worldwide.
Richard Noble identifies better stocking procedures to ensure success of largemouth bass.
The space shuttle Discovery deploys research project initiated by NC State students.
Wentai Liu designs prototype for artificial retina.
James Otvos develops blood cholesterol test that grew into LipoScience, which went public in 2013.
Steven Lommel & Tim Sit prove RNA can control gene expression, showing RNA, not DNA, as basic building block.
Thomas Parker unearths the remains in Jordan of the oldest structure used as Christian church.
Jan Schetzina develops prototype for digital camera the senses only ultraviolet light.
Based on research on food preservation, Agrofresh start-up forms and markets SmartFresh.
Graduate students form Nitronex Corp. to produce efficient semiconductors.
The Center for Marine Sciences and Technology opens in Morehead City.
Team provides national leadership to understand feline immunodeficiency virus, leading to ongoing partnerships with industry to fight FIV and HIV.
Michael Roe reveals BioUD as a tomato-based insect repellant, an alternative to DEET
Dan Feldheim and Stefan Franzen develop nanoscopic polymer capsules to deliver chemotherapy using peptide fragments from virus proteins.
Benham Pourdeyhimi and Trevor Little
create new 3-D textiles, then found Novolon, which was purchased by Freudenberg Nonwovens, which built a plant in Durham.
Friday Institute for Educational Innovation opens.
Liquidia founded, based on nanoparticle research led by Joseph DeSimone.
Team of engineers, led by Jay Narayan, develops breakthrough processes for creating self-assembled nanostructures for information storage.
The Covington variety of sweet potato is released. By 2011, it accounts for 90% of NC crop.
The Textile Protection and Comfort Center teams with industry to develop suits to protect firefighters yet also provide movement.
NC State’s Prague Institute opens, expanding beyond initial courses from the College of Design to cover many disciplines.
Mary Schweitzer discovers soft tissue in a 68-million-year-old dinosaur bone.
NC State team participates in developing filter to remove human form of mad cow disease from blood.
Through North Carolina Journeys, NC State brings a new approach to textbooks for public schools.
Christian Melander & John Cavanagh found Agile Sciences to create products from the Agelas sea sponge to help antibiotics treat infections.
Stephen Reynolds leads a team that confirmed the youngest known supernova remnant.
NC State opens center at NC Research Campus to study plants & human health.
Bailey variety of peanuts is the latest version introduced for growers in NC, SC and VA.
Edward Breitschwerdt develops a new rapid test for Bartonella, known as cat scratch fever, leading to creation of Galaxy Diagnostics.
Environmental and social scientists, Fire Chasers begin helping federal officials improve organizational response to fighting wildfires.
Collaborative team designs better play areas to help reduce childhood obesity.
Psychology researchers find senior citizens can use electronic games to maintain cognitive skills.
Industrial Extension Service reaches goal of creating $1 billon in economic value to NC manufacturers in less than 4 years.
The Entrepreneurship Initiative launches the eGames student competition.
Glenn Kleiman, Friday Insititue director, is key partner in NC receiving $400 million in federal Race to the Top education funds.
Michael Steer’s team identifies ways to identify improvised explosive devices, now used by U.S. troops.
Smart transformers developed by the FREEDM Systems NSF Engineering Research Center named in world Top 10 emerging technologies by MIT.
Aseptia announces plans to open Wright Foods facility in Troy, NC, based on NC State food preservation research
Spurred by Paola Sztagn, NC State hosts meeting to define national Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
Astrophysicists solve the mystery of what caused a supernova in 185 A.D.
Michael Dickey & Orlin Velev lead development of memory device that is as soft as Jell-O and functions well in wet environments.
NSF awards the ASSIST Engineering Research Center to focus on smart, self-powered, wearable health and environmental sensors.
Yuntian Zhu developed new techniques for stretching carbon nanotubes to create stronger and lighter carbon composites.
Ramón Collazo led a team developing energy-efficient LED devices that use ultraviolet light to kill pathogens such as bacteria and viruses.