Message From the Director
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) is creating self-powered devices to help people monitor their health and understand how the surrounding environment affects it. The center is led by North Carolina State University and includes three partner institutions – Penn State University, the University of Virginia, and Florida International University. Also included in our efforts are UNC-Chapel Hill, the University of Michigan, and the University of Notre Dame.
ASSIST researchers are using the tiniest of materials to develop self-powered health monitoring sensors and devices. These devices could be worn on the chest like a patch, on the wrist like a watch, as a cap that fits over a tooth, or in other ways, depending on the biological system that’s being monitored. The devices developed at the center could transform health care by improving the way doctors, patients, and researchers gather and interpret important health data.
With the addition of ASSIST, NC State becomes the only university in the nation currently leading two active NSF Engineering Research Centers. The FREEDM Systems Center, a smart grid ERC formed in 2008, is also headquartered at NC State.