October 28, 2005 08:30 ET

IBM Celebrates University Day With Research Award to North Carolina Central University

North Carolina Schools Have Received Approximately $14 Million in Grants and Software This Year

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 28, 2005 --IBM today announced that North Carolina Central University received an award to advance research in projects ranging from K-12 math and science education to genome and genetic research.

IBM presented the Shared University Research award to NCCU Chancellor James Ammons at the company's University Day event. IBM has provided about $1 million in SUR awards to area schools this year alone, including Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

This year the company has also given North Carolina schools access to IBM middleware totaling approximately $13 million through its Academic Initiative, a program aimed at preparing students for the information technology jobs of tomorrow through no-charge access to technology, training and curriculum development resources.

"This award by IBM will benefit our faculty and students as they work on projects to advance research in key areas, like biotechnology," said Chancellor Ammons, NCCU. "I think it's fitting that we received the SUR award at an event that brings together the area's academic community, students and IBM developers to collectively share ideas and learn more about the latest advances in research and technology. The collaborative spirit that IBM fosters, and their ongoing support of NCCU and other area universities plays a key role in academic research throughout North Carolina."

With the award, IBM will provide NCCU with an IBM BladeCenter computer cluster, as well as IBM middleware through its Academic Initiative program, that will support a number of research and educational projects at the university, including:

--  An initiative known as the "Pathways to Cyberinfrastructure" that will
    educate teachers on how advanced technology will impact the education of
    math and science at the K-12 level.
--  Collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to
    develop a way to easily connect and share information across a Grid, which
    faculty and researchers use when working on projects like genomics research
    that require a significant amount of computing power.
--  Data management consulting and Web services integration for a
    cardiovascular study with the Duke Center for Human Genetics.
--  Identify and develop curriculum to create a new course to help train
    future information technology professionals.
"IBM has a long history of supporting higher education in this state, especially around innovative research and development," said Rusine Mitchell-Sinclair. "With today's award to NCCU, IBM has collectively donated about $14 million in awards and state-of-the-art software for use in North Carolina classrooms. This type of support allows faculty and students at area colleges and universities to work on research projects that focus on advancements in a variety of critical areas, including education and healthcare."

About IBM University Day

IBM University Day takes place twice a year and brings together IBM developers, local university faculty and students to review existing research projects and discuss future opportunities for collaboration. During the event, university students also have the chance to speak with IBMers to learn about career opportunities with the company. It is sponsored by the IBM RTP Center for Advanced Studies and the N.C. Technical Experts Council, which promote IBM collaborative research and educational activities with academia.

About IBM's SUR awards

IBM's Shared University Research (SUR) program awards computing equipment (servers, storage systems, personal computing products) and services to colleges, universities and institutions of higher education around the world to facilitate research projects in areas of mutual interest, including: On Demand Computing Infrastructure, Exploratory Computing Technology, Business and Services Innovation, and Deep Computing. The SUR awards also support the advancement of university projects by connecting top researchers in academia with IBM Research personnel, along with representatives from product development and solution provider communities. IBM awards approximately 50 SUR awards per year worldwide. The SUR awards are complimentary to the IBM Academic Initiative, an innovative program offering a wide range of technology education benefits that meet the goals of most colleges and universities to develop skills and drive innovation.

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