North Carolina State University



The center provides new opportunities for the paper industry and academia to facilitate their digital transformation, Industrial Internet of Things, and analytical innovation initiatives.

It includes the pilot paper plant in the Department of Forest Biomaterials at the College of Natural Resources, will focus on the education and manufacturing innovation and research for the forest product industry.

NC State’s SMIC facilities, including the pilot paper plant, are available for industry members to try smart manufacturing solutions and to drive their use of tools such as machine learning, energy productivity and asset performance management. 

Engineering Capabilities

The overarching goal of NCSU-SMIC, in partnership with CESMII, is to demonstrate smart manufacturing technologies and conduct workforce training and research focused on the pulp and paper industry. Revolution in smart manufacturing technologies has created new opportunities for products from conceptualization, materials, manufacturing, and logistics. Smart manufacturing technologies can streamline complex operations by allowing devices, sensors, and controls to share information for highly-efficient manufacturing.

Yuan-Shin Lee, Ph.D., P.E.  
Director, Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center

Edward Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
North Carolina State University  
Raleigh, NC 27695-7906
U. S. A.
TEL: (919) 515-7195
FAX: (919) 515-5281


Automation Laboratory: ISE’s Automation Laboratory features state-of-the-art manufacturing assembly equipment and controls, including high-speed pick-and-place equipment, logic controllers, a hybrid assembly line, and both industrial and collaborative robots. Built as an open teaching laboratory, students from a variety of disciplines seek out our courses to extend their automation interests by participating in lab teaching and research experiences. The lab is often the hub of activities related to interdisciplinary project work, courses and summer STEM camps.

Paper and Science Engineering: Even in this highly digital world, the paper industry continues to thrive and engineers specialized in the field are in high demand. Our ABET* accredited paper science and engineering program combines elements of chemical engineering, environmental science and business management to convert trees into everyday products from shipping and packaging materials to household items and medical supplies. Students in this STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) major gain a comprehensive understanding of the entire process of paper making and the conversion of any biomass into useful products.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering: Like the field of chemical engineering itself, our department’s work transcends disciplinary lines. Our students, faculty, and alumni work with colleagues across the academic and engineering spectrum in fields such as biotechnology, polymers, nanotechnology, energy and environmentally responsive processes, and biomanufacturing.  Our students learn by doing in cutting-edge labs and facilities. They work hand-in-hand with industry and government partners to get things done, from sponsored research that advances our understanding of the world to senior design projects that tackle real-life problems. When they graduate, our students are ready for the next step: roughly 85% go into the chemical or pharmaceutical industries, and 15% pursue graduate or processional studies.

Nonwoven Institute: The Nonwovens Institute is the world’s first accredited academic program for the interdisciplinary field of engineered fabrics. Based at the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, the NWI is an innovative global partnership between industry, government, and academe. Operating on an “Open Innovation” platform, the Nonwovens Institute engages experts from industry and higher education in building next-generation nonwoven applications while also providing training and guidance to the field’s future leaders.

Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering: The Master of Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering (MIMSE) provides multidisciplinary graduate-level education and practical training opportunities in the theory and practice of integrated manufacturing systems engineering at the master’s level. The program focuses on providing a manufacturing presence in the College of Engineering where faculty, graduate students and industry can engage cooperatively in multidisciplinary graduate education, basic and applied research and technology transfer in areas of common interest related to modern manufacturing systems technology. The objective of the MIMSE program is to offer students with traditional discipline backgrounds in engineering and the physical sciences an opportunity to broaden their understanding of the multidisciplinary area of manufacturing systems. Students choose a concentration from the following four core areas of concentration: manufacturing systems, logistics, mechatronics and advanced manufacturing.