2018 Annual Report

A UNIVERSITY ON THE RISE

Jay Golden, Vice Chancellor for Research, Economic Development and Engagement

Chancellor Cecil P. Staton’s vision is that East Carolina University will be America’s next great national university. As the region witnesses unprecedented growth, ECU has a unique opportunity to capture this excitement through new research, economic development and engagement with communities across the region as we work together to build rural prosperity. In fact, we have committed to double our research awards and expenditures over the next five years. To spur this growth, we are making significant investments in people, infrastructure and pan-university research collaborations.

Our faculty are leading the development of eight new research clusters that build on strengths in big data and analytics, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education, health behavior, energy and natural resources, biomedical sciences and engineering, precision health, coastal and marine sciences and human health and disease. Additionally, ECU is increasing its private sector and Department of Defense partnerships for use-inspired research and workforce development.

Take a look at the research conducted over the past year as part of this mission. Our ambitious
vision for ECU, coupled with the dedication of our faculty, staff and students, means that the
university is well positioned to meet the challenges vital to our state, our nation and our world.

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