WSSU Centers

Emerging Initiatives

Computer Networks and Disaster Recovery

Businesses have begun addressing ways to prevent downtime through effective planning and investments in business continuity. Deliverables include vulnerability indices for businesses, continuity plans, emergency response plans, models for assessing impacts of disasters, and educational issues/implications for continuity management.

Contact: Dr. Cretson Dalmadge, (336) 750-2358 or


The State of North Carolina has funded in the amount of $750,000 a forensics laboratory, staffed by Winston-Salem State University researchers and technicians and located in the Piedmont Triad Research Park. This laboratory will serve as a regional site for the analysis of forensic evidence, including DNA testing, in criminal cases.

Contact: Dr. Morris Clarke, (336) 750-2229 or

Healthcare Policy and Economics

WSSU's ongoing interest in minority health disparities connects naturally with a national trend toward increased interest in the intersection of economic and social policies with governmental healthcare interventions. This interest is supported by WSSU's existing MBA with an emphasis in healthcare administration and a planned MS in Healthcare Administration (a partnership between the School of Business and Economics and the School of Health Sciences).

Contact: Dr. Monica Cain, (336) 750-2340 or

Center for Design Innovation

The CDI's primary mission is to foster and promote faculty, student, and industry research and creative activity in the design and use of technological tools for innovation and advancement in the production, presentation, display and study of innovative work in science, business, education, communications, and the performing, visual and narrative arts. The CDI will also support economic development by developing intellectual property with commercial value and spawn new start-up businesses generating new jobs.

Contact: Dr. Randy Mills, (336) 750-2132 or

National Institute for Design

The NID is a multi-institutional collaboration of the four UNC public universities (North Carolina School of the Arts, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Winston-Salem State University) and two largest community colleges in the Piedmont Triad (Forsyth Technical Community College and Guilford Technical Community College) to further cross-disciplinary research in design by providing an opportunity for sharing knowledge, facilities, and workspace. It will allow synergy to develop around collaborative, multidisciplinary design projects and provide the state's universities, community colleges, and industry a unique opportunity for partnership around design.

Contact: Dr. Randy Mills, (336) 750-2132 or

Winston-Salem State University

601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Phone: (336) 750-2000

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