Bringing The World Home To You

© 2023 WUNC North Carolina Public Radio
120 Friday Center Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
919.445.9150 | 800.962.9862
91.5 Chapel Hill 88.9 Manteo 90.9 Rocky Mount 91.1 Welcome 91.9 Fayetteville 90.5 Buxton 94.1 Lumberton 99.9 Southern Pines
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

NC Central University Joins Prestigious, Federally-Funded Nuclear Lab Group

Abasi Brown and Deandria Harper, working at TUNL N.C. Central University physics studentsAbasi Brown and Deandria Harper, working at TUNL
Diane Markoff
N.C. Central University physics students Abasi Brown and Deandria Harper, working at TUNL.

North Carolina Central University has joined Duke, UNC Chapel Hill and N.C. State Universities as a full partner of the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory. The lab, called TUNL (like, "tunnel") for short, is one of four Department of Energy Centers of Excellence for nuclear physics in the country.NCCU is the first Historically Black College or University to join TUNL. Physics Professor Mohammed Ahmed said there are large racial and gender disparities in the STEM workforce, and joining TUNL will help them push the boundaries of science.

"Bringing NCCU, an HBCU, to the consortium will provide us an infrastructure through which the minorities, especially women and African Americans, could be trained alongside masters of the field and prominent figures of the field in nuclear physics," he said.

Ahmed said his colleagues have conducted research at TUNL for about 25 years, but that now, NCCU will be able to claim access to all the infrastructure at the prestigious lab.

"Also, it helps us recruit better students, more competitive students, and also helps us go after more funding sources, now that we're part of a big research consortium," he said.

NCCU has already contributed to technology the Department of Homeland Security has used to detect nuclear material, Ahmed said.


Rebecca Martinez produces podcasts at WUNC. She’s been at the station since 2013, when she produced Morning Edition and reported for newscasts and radio features. Rebecca also serves on WUNC’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) Committee.
Related Stories
More Stories