Black University Develops Revolutionary Manufacturing Process

North Carolina A&T State University, the historically black educational institution in Greensboro, is licensing technology developed in its laboratories to a start-up manufacturing firm. The technology involves the production of large engineered components made of lightweight carbon-fiber materials. Using the North Carolina A&T technology, these large components such as wind turbine blades, airplane parts, or boat hulls can be constructed without the use of giant ovens to cure the carbon fibers. This can greatly reduce the cost of building the carbon-fiber components.

North Carolina A&T will have a small ownership stake in the company but the university will also derive licensing fees from the use of its technology patents.