Director’s Letter

With the resources so generously provided by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Fund for Engineering, Technology & Science, NC State University, and our corporate, government, and philanthropic partners, in 2022-2023 the Kenan Institute continues to support and advance innovation in science and technology as a vehicle for our economic development and growth as a state and nation.

The Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science focuses its intellectual, human and financial resources in support of innovative individuals and programs involved in science, mathematics and engineering driven enterprises with demonstrated potential for high impact educational, economical and other benefits to society. Specifically, the Institute continues to support and enable core competencies in four strategic areas: high technology research; science, technology, engineering, and math K-12 education; technology commercialization and entrepreneurship; and science and technology policy.

We remain committed to encouraging multidisciplinary, multi-institutional teams involving government, university, and corporate partners to solve scientific and societal problems, generate technology-based economic development, and bring together the public and private resources necessary to tackle successfully the emerging issues of our time.  We will do this while maximizing the leverage from the significant strengths of NC State University students, faculty, and staff while focusing on programs that are consistent with the university’s strategic goals in research, education, and engagement.

Our Institute support and leadership will enable individuals and programs at NC State and at other institutions to continue to produce world-class research and scholarship which will enhance knowledge and learning, produce and support new innovative companies, and inform sustainable practices and effective public policies that will have lasting impacts.

We really appreciate your interest in the Kenan Institute and welcome your comments and questions on our work and our programs.


Ruben G. Carbonell

Ruben G. Carbonell