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IDIS students partner with Fastenal, Thermo Fisher Scientific for service-learning project

Students in the Industrial Distribution and Logistics (IDIS) program spent the semester working on a service-learning project with two local industry partners. Fastenal, a leading industrial distribution company, operates a vendor managed inventory (VMI) operation within the Greenville facility of Thermo Fisher Scientific, a world-class pharma manufacturing company. The VMI houses over 15,000 part numbers, valued at approximately $20 million.

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IDIS students tour Consolidated Electrical Distributors

Students in the Industrial Distribution and Logistics (IDIS) program toured Consolidated Electrical Distributors (CED) in Winterville as a learning activity for a hands-on warehousing course. CED is one of the nation’s largest electrical supply distribution networks, with nearly 600 locations in 47 states. Students were able to see firsthand how products move through a local distributor, from receiving operations to

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ICT student selected as first Red Hat Academy intern


Charly Tanner, a junior in the Information and Computer Technology program, has been selected as the first intern for the Red Hat Academy, a role he will assume in May 2019. The Red Hat Academy provides curricula and support for almost 400 schools in North America and more than 1,000 globally to provide training and testing in Linux and open

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Engineering student tackles problem of plastic waste


It takes a special kind of person to not only see a problem as a challenge to be addressed, but to take action to do something about it. Freshman engineering student Grace Krell is doing just that. She has created a business called SweetSip to market stainless steel straws to help combat the issue of plastic waste. The straws, she

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Meet Lab Supervisor Josh Pitzer


Name: Josh Pitzer Official title: Laboratory Supervisor Hometown: Goldsboro, N.C. Where did you work prior to coming to the College? I started working in molecular biology/genetic engineering labs as an undergraduate. I have worked in academic research labs at UNC, Iowa State University, University of Michigan and ECU. For the last 10 years I have been at the Brody School

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Students attend Tracer FIRE event

Six students from the Information and Computer Technology program in the Department of Technology Systems traveled to Greensboro in February to participate in the Tracer FIRE workshop sponsored by the Department of Computer Science at N.C. A&T along with Sandia National Labs. The event gave students insight into how to recognize adversarial tactics within the kill chain such as reconnaissance, attack

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Computer Science students visit IBM Data Center


In February, a group of more than 20 Computer Science students visited IBM’s Research Triangle Park Data Center with associate professor Qin Ding. Many of the students are members of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Student Chapter (Ding is the faculty advisor) and Women in Computer Science (WiCS) group. Tiffany Nguyen is the chair for both groups. The visit

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Engineering better medical outcomes


Dr. Ali Vahdati, assistant professor of engineering, is working to improve precision medicine using computers and machine learning. His research using semantic data integration, standardization and dimensionality reduction to predict outcomes in bariatric surgery was recently published in the journal Computers in Biology and Medicine. Along with collaborators at UNC Wilmington, UNC Greensboro and Harvard, Vahdati has developed software designed

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