An interdisciplinary research area, Safety and Security brings together researchers in areas related to national security, defense, intelligence analysis and food safety. With more than 60 defense technology firms in Wake County and the Research Triangle area, NC State is poised to grow this strength. The University is also leading the way in food safety, having received a $25 million, multi-year grant from the US Department of Agriculture to lead research activities in this arena.

USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture Food Virology Collaborative

Representing the largest grant ever awarded by the US Department of Agriculture for food safety, NC State’s Leeann Jaykus is leading a team of 30 national researchers studying noroviruses, nasty pathogens that contaminate food and water — and make people sick.  This multi-disciplinary approach will help develop better ways to study and test human noroviruses, and ultimately lead to ways to reduce the spread of disease.

Textile Protection & Comfort Center

T-PACC is the only academic center in the United States that incorporates, in one location, the capabilities to research, test, and evaluate the comfort and protective performance of textile materials, garments, and ensemble systems. From heat and flame protection to chemical resistance to comfort, T-PACC offers equipment and personnel to benefit researchers and industry. Watch the video, Mannequin Men: PyroMan (1:52 min).

Forensic Science Institute

The Forensic Science Institute focuses on advancing new technologies and protocols for analyzing criminal evidence and improving crime scene processing through research, education, professional training, symposiums, and collaboration. Aside from its focus on academics, the Institute also provides expert assistance in criminal investigations, disaster preparedness and natural disasters, and the prevention of terrorist attacks.

Institute for Next Generation IT Systems (ITng)

ITng is an industry-university cooperative research center focused on transformational research in the analysis, design and implementation of advanced computers and communication systems. Areas of focus include information security, business intelligence, software engineering, extreme programming, networking, wireless technologies, autonomic computing, power visualization, business analytics, sensor-based systems, and display technologies.

Integrated Pest Management Program

From helping Christmas tree producers reduce costs to controlling the bed bug population, the Integrated Pest Management Program serves as a focal point for team building, communication and stakeholder participation in integrated pest management in North Carolina. The program promotes the effective and economical management of pests, works to reduce risks to humans from pests and pest management practices, and minimizes environmental effects through the adoption of integrated pest management strategies.

Institute for Transportation Research & Education

ITRE explores and advances transportation systems through a focus on surface, water and air transportation research and education, and provides technical assistance to public transportation systems. Through its NextGen Air Transportation Center, ITRE studies air traffic control, airspace management, airport and airspace system capacity, surface traffic management, and flight safety.