Graduate Academic Program

The goal of the ASSIST education program is to develop an interactive community culture of engineering research and education, integrating mentoring, rigorous coursework, an aggressive innovation ecosystem, professional development training, international collaboration, leadership experience, diversity, and high ethical standards. ASSIST offers unique opportunities for graduate students to become adaptive, creative, and innovative professionals who are well prepared for the global workforce. All ASSIST-funded graduate students are expected to participate in the three pillars of the graduate education program: certificates, TESP program, and K-12 outreach.


NCSU Graduate Certificate in Nano-Systems Engineering

The NSF Nano-systems Engineering Research Center (NERC) for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) now offers a graduate certificate program in Nano-Systems Engineering.

The graduate certificate in Nano-Systems Engineering is a multidisciplinary program serving both degree and non-degree students starting in the spring 2014 semester.  Whether you are already a graduate student within ASSIST, or simply want to develop additional expertise in the field of nano-science and technology, this multidisciplinary certificate will be a useful addition to your academic career.

The graduate certificate consists of a sequence of courses that will equip students with the technical skills essential for graduate research in the field. In addition, the certificate teaches entrepreneurship and other relevant skills that will help students be competitive in the modern engineering environment. The scope of the program is broad enough to include applications of nano-technology in a variety of fields including digital logic, energy harvesting, biomedical applications and others.  As such, the certificate includes technical electives from many departments to provide breadth in different topics.

Program of Study

Grad Program Req Courses


The following is a complete list of approved electives:


Electives list complete

Requirements for Admission

Requirements for admission

Students must meet ONE of the following requirements for admission into the graduate certificate program:

  • Have an undergraduate degree in a related field from a four-year college or university, and have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study
  • Be a degree student in good standing in an NC State University graduate program in a related field.

A student may obtain more than one certificate. Each certificate must have at least nine (9) credit hours that are unique to it.

An application for acceptance into a certificate program is required for all new applicants.

If you are a current graduate student at NC State you must fill out this Application Form and set up an appointment to meet with Elena Veety (

If you are not currently registered in a degree program at NC State, you must fill out the Graduate School Application.

Each semester, students should contact the Certificate Coordinator to determine registration procedures, course availability and registration dates.

Completion of a certificate program in no way guarantees entry into a graduate degree program.

Academic Performance

To receive a Graduate Certificate, a student must have a minimum 3.00 grade point average (GPA) on all certificate course work. All grades on courses taken towards the certificate program in courses numbered 500 and above are included in the GPA. Courses at the 400 level and below are not eligible for certificate credit and subsequently do not affect the graduate GPA.

All courses taken for certificate credit must be completed with a grade of “B” or better.

GCP students who take letter-graded 500- and 700-level courses do not have the option of taking the courses for “credit only” if they intend for the course to be part of their GCP.

Transfer credit from other institutions is not allowed for GCP. All course work must be registered for through NC State University.

All GCP requirements must be completed within four (4) calendar years, beginning with the date the student commences courses applicable to the GCP.  In addition, students must maintain continuous enrollment every semester until all course work is completed. A one-semester leave of absence may be granted if the student is unable to enroll in a course due to extenuating circumstances.  The leave of absence must be approved in writing by the certificate coordinator before the start of the semester.

Graduate certificate courses taken while enrolled in a degree program may be double-counted with the degree courses to the extent that the courses unique to the degree remains 18 hours for each Master’s or 36 hours for a Ph.D.

The transfer of graduate certificate courses taken prior to enrollment in a degree program is limited to 12 hours (note: transfer totals from all sources shall not exceed 12 hours).


Program Administrator

For questions and additional information regarding the certificate program, please contact Dr. Elena Veety (

ASSIST’s  partnering institutions also offer a variety of multidisciplinary minor, certificate, and concentration programs in nano-scale science and technology.

The University of Virginia will offer a graduate concentration in nano-scale science and engineering.

Florida International University offers a graduate concentration in nano-technology.

Penn State University is developing a graduate certificate in nano-technology.

In 2017, the ASSIST Center created the Graduate Student Service Fellowship.  $1000 fellowships will be awarded to ASSIST graduate students who have demonstrated exceptional service and contributions to the Center.

This Fellowship is intended to recognize significant contributions to the community of the ASSIST Center, beyond your technical research. We’re looking for graduate students who have consistently been engaged at ASSIST.  This includes contributions in leadership, mentorship, entrepreneurship, outreach, community building, and more.  

Applications for 2018 are now closed.  2019 application dates will be posted Fall 2018.

Application Instructions:

  • Talk to an ASSIST faculty member about serving as your reference. We will contact them about the Letter of Support.
  • Write a Personal Statement describing your contributions to ASSIST.
  • Submit your Personal Statement by completing the form below before the deadline noted above.
  • Please use this format for the file name – LastName-2018Fellowship-Personal Statement 

Personal Statement

A personal statement describing the nature of your contributions to, and impact on the ASSIST Community. This statement should include specific examples of activities you have created/led/participated in and how those actions impacted the community or created added value.  It should not include contributions that are related to your technical work.  It should present a clear case for why you are deserving of the ASSIST Center Service Fellowship. Some portion of your statement should discuss your future plans or ideas for additional contributions to ASSIST. Statements should be no longer than 2 pages and use standard fonts and spacing.

Letter of Support

In the form below, please provide the name and e-mail address of an ASSIST faculty who has agreed to support you for this fellowship.  This does not necessarily have to be your faculty advisor, but may be any ASSIST faculty who is familiar with your contributions to the ASSIST Center and is willing to speak to your strengths in this area. We will contact the faculty member with a separate recommendation form.

Submission Form