> Even before Orville and Wilbur Wright made North Carolina "first in flight," transportation played a vital role in the state's history and development.
> Inside a makeshift garage at the west end of the NC State campus, students move hurriedly around a stripped-down SUV, but always with a purpose.
> A century ago, North Carolina became known as "The Good Roads State" because of its extensive system of state-maintained highways.
> Commercial jets log hundreds, even thousands, of miles every day, and the relentless schedule of takeoff, touchdown, and turn around to do it again takes a toll on the aircraft.
> Two Northwest Airlines pilots caused a nationwide stir last fall when they became so engrossed in discussion that they ignored cockpit alerts and calls from air-traffic controllers, overshooting the Minneapolis airport by 150 miles.
> The North Carolina State Highway Patrol needed help policing overweight tractor-trailers. School districts wanted a better way to map out bus routes and plan for new construction.
> The fabric of your life could one day be the fiber of your ride, according to Dr. Abdel-Fattah Seyam. A professor in the Department of Textile and Apparel Technology and Management, Seyam is testing various fibers to see if they could provide a strong, lightweight alternative to using steel and aluminum in automotive parts.
> From sailboats to cruise ships to aircraft carriers, most ships gleam as they sit in harbor or cut through the open water. Below the water line, however, the picture often isn't as pretty. Algae, barnacles, and other organisms can latch onto a ship's hull and create an uneven surface that reduces maneuverability and increases drag.
> North Carolina has the tenth highest rate of traffic fatalities in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More than 1,400 people died on state roads in 2008, the most recent year for which figures are available.
> Combining personal experience with engineering skill and creative flair, NC State students won four of five awards in the World Traffic Safety Symposium's Design for Safety Competition at the New York International Auto Show in April.
> Sean Coleman's dream came true in March when he got to climb behind the wheel of a car he designed. A graduate student in industrial design, Coleman won the 2010 Shell Eco-Marathon Americas competition to design a fuel-efficient car for urban commuting.