Welcome to the resources section of the ASSIST Center website.  Please find below more information about joining the ASSIST team, placing orders for research supplies, making travel plans, and other routine tasks.


Average Year at ASSIST



Center-wide Update (monthly)
Usually 1st Monday of each month during fall and spring semesters. Hear updates from the Center Director and other members of the leadership team about Center accomplishments, upcoming events, or progress in Education, Industry, or Diversity programs at ASSIST.
Student Weekly email
Email newsletter sent weekly to keep students updated about Center events, activities, and opportunities, including internships and awards.
The Translational Engineering Skills Program is one of the pillars of the ASSIST Graduate Education Program. Its goal is to teach strategic skills that cannot be learned in a classroom, yet are essential to students’ development as creative, adaptive, and effective engineers in the global economy.
Refer to Community Section
Student Leadership Council (SLC) Events
Refer to Community Section



ASSIST Award Year Funding Starts
ASSIST Award Year Funding is from September 1 – August 31 for NSF Core Projects (differs from the ASSIST Reporting and NC State Fiscal Years)
Welcome Back Bash
Join us as we kick-off the school year!
Quarterly Project Reviews
Each PI with an active project presents interim results and fields questions from the leadership team.
SMM Meeting
 The Scientific, Military, and Medical advisory board comprises of internationally known experts in technical, medical, environmental health, military and other fields related to ASSIST meet annually to identify major research issues and to help guide the Center’s research agenda.



Industry Meeting
(and Industry Advisory Board meeting)
This meeting is held annually to give prospective members the opportunity to learn more about ASSIST and to allow members of the Industry Advisory Board to meet. The IAB advises the Center’s leadership team on strategy and serves as translational and commercialization partners for ASSIST technologies.
ASSIST Reporting Year Starts
ASSIST Reporting Year is from February 1 – January 31 for NSF reporting elements related to the Annual Report (differs from the ASSIST Award and NC State Fiscal Years)
Quarterly Project Reviews
Each PI with an active project presents interim results and fields questions from the leadership team.



Annual Report Writing
Data and Narratives are collected from all participants to complete this NSF requirement
Wearable Device Challenge
Middle and High School students compete with posters, demos and pitches; ASSIST students and PIs are encouraged to attend and/or judge the event
NSF Site Visit
Annual review conducted by NSF Program Manager and Site Visit Team with presentations from members of the Leadership Team, and a research poster and demonstration session.



Request for Proposals (RFP)
Each year, ASSIST issues a Request for Proposals from faculty at partner universities and other institutions for projects related to the Center’s research mission. Currently funded projects re-apply for continued support and newly created research directions or needs are advertised to attract new researchers in the relevant fields. These proposals are discussed by key players during a Leadership Retreat to help lead to strategic Funding Decisions.
NC State Fiscal Year Starts
NC State Fiscal Year is from July 1 – June 30 (differs from the ASSIST Award and Reporting Years)
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs), Research Experience for Teachers (RETs), and Young Scholars (YS) Programs
Undergraduates from other universities and students or teachers from middle and high schools are selected to participate in research with ASSIST PIs.
REUs: May 31 – Aug 15 (10 weeks)
RETs & YS: June 12 – July 14 (5 weeks)


Community at ASSIST

  • Student Leadership Council (SLC): The ASSIST Student Leadership Council is a core group of elected students who represent the entire ASSIST student body.  Some of the benefits of being an SLC member include:
    • Excellent leadership and networking experience
    • Service as the bridge between the leadership team and the student body, representing the interests and opinions of the students
    • Opportunities to attend leadership meetings and get directly connected to and influence the Center’s vision and goals
    • Plan and host events, such as Industry Networking Mixers or Research Coffee Talks to share solutions to common research challenges
  • ASSIST Active: Join fellow ASSIST teammates for any number of activities to further promote healthy living — bike rides, hikes, ice skating, yoga and more!
  • ASSIST Art: Our research has inspired students to share their non-technical talents by representing features of their research in an artistic way.
  • Welcome Back Bash: Come help us kick off the Fall semester with a festive gathering of ASSIST students, PIs and staff.
  • Holiday Potluck: ASSIST hosts an annual holiday potluck to build a sense of community as the Fall semester comes to a close.


  • Ping Pong: Take a break from research to enjoy a friendly (or competitive) game of ping pong in MRC 454. You might be lucky enough to witness a match between our Education Director and Chief Systems Engineer.
  • Outreach: Opportunities to get involved in K12 events are advertised to students and teachers alike. Examples include the Wearable Device Challenge, where over 100 Middle and High School students presented their research ideas.
  • Guest Lectures: ASSIST invites numerous distinguished professors and industry representatives to speak to students about research avenues and the impact their research can have in the long run. In the past, ASSIST has heard from Dr. Andrew Dimeo about the NCSU Biomedical Engineering Senior Design Program, and Dr. Mike Spencer from Cornell University about “Silicon Carbide for High Power Betavoltaic Batteries.”
  • Student Service Fellowship: Graduate students who have demonstrated exceptional service and contributions to the Center can apply for annual Student Service Fellowships! For example, in 2017 multiple students were awarded $1000 fellowships in recognition for going above and beyond.



ASSIST Logos & Templates

2017 ASSIST Center PowerPoint Template
The most up-to-date slide deck template, including logos for ASSIST and all associated universities.
ASSIST Logo – Acronym
This version of the logo does not spell out the full name of ASSIST.
ASSIST Logo – Full Name
This version of the ASSIST logo spells out the full name.
ASSIST Letterhead
For official or formal usage – hint: don’t edit the margins!
ASSIST Generic Poster Template
For use outside of ASSIST’s key events, at conferences or symposiums.  For key events such as the Industry Meeting or Site Visit, special templates will be sent in advance.  
Researcher Profile – Faculty Template
All ASSIST researchers are welcome to submit a 2 page biographical and publication synopsis for inclusion in the ASSIST Researcher Profiles, distributed to Industry Members and shared with prospective funders. 
Researcher Profile – Student Template
All ASSIST student research assistants are welcome to submit a 2 page biographical and publication synopsis for inclusion in the ASSIST Researcher Profiles, distributed to Industry Members and shared with prospective funders. 
ASSIST Activity Sign-In Sheet
Use this sheet to collect names of attendees at various ASSIST activities, including outreach, TESP workshops, SLC events, and more!  Collected and collated each year to contribute to reporting metrics and recognize exemplary student engagement.


Helpful ASSIST Staff Contacts

Name & Role
Phone Number
How Can I Help?
(919) 515-9590
General Inquiries
ASSIST Purchasing
Ordering, receiving, or paying for supplies or equipment 
Authorizing, planning, booking, financing, or reimbursing related to travel 
Callie Kimberly,

Administrative Support Specialist

(919) 515-9590

Room keys

Badge access

Timesheet issues

HR related items

Scott Ashby,

Accounting Manager

(919) 515-1450
Order Troubleshooting 
Ember Melcher,

Communications & Event Coordinator

(919) 515-9591

Event Questions

Listserv inquiries

Student Weekly inputs

Website account

SLC event support

Elena Veety,

Education Director

(919) 513-0178

Outreach/volunteer opportunities

Education program inquiries

Roy Charles,

Diversity Director

(919) 513-3435
Diversity outreach/concerns
Jack Twiddy,

Lab Manager

(919) 515-9593
Lab questions
Jason Strohmaier,

Chief Systems Engineer

(919) 515-9593
Lab/testbed questions
Casey Boutwell,

Director of Industry Engagement

(919) 515-3083

Advice on start-ups

Invention disclosures

Industry involvement

Scholarly agreements

Contract support


Manuscript Acknowledgements

  • All publications related to ASSIST research must acknowledge the ASSIST Center’s Cooperative Agreement Number EEC-1160483.