North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has announced that the university’s new engineering complex will be named in honor of Harold L. Martin, Sr., the current chancellor of the university.
The Harold L. Martin, Sr., Engineering Research and Innovation Complex is a $90-million facility that will enhance the research and instructional capacities of a college that leads the nation in the graduation of African American engineers. The complex will be home to state-of-the-art laboratories and technology critical to advancing the college’s scientific work in heavily competitive STEM research, fostering innovation that fuels start-up and spinoff companies, and educating engineers who play key roles in the North Carolina economy. The construction of the complex is expected to be completed in August.
University trustee Timothy King stated that “there is no doubt that Chancellor Martin’s vision and passion for this university have played critical roles in the incredible ascent of A&T. In no place do we see that more than in engineering, which has been the foundation upon which the university’s national reputation has been built since his service as dean 30 years ago. The Martin Center will serve as a lasting testament to the difference his leadership made.”
Dr. Martin became chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University in 2009. He previously led Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina from 2000 to 2006. Dr. Martin was senior vice president for academic affairs for the University of North Carolina System before being named chancellor of North Carolina A&T.
Dr. Martin holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from North Carolina A&T State Unversity. He earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Virginia Tech.