MCNC, a nonprofit research and advanced computing/networking facility, says it has established a Signal Electronics Division to help accelerate the company’s long-range development of advanced RF, optical and electromagnetic technologies for government and commercial entities.

MCNC says its Signal Electronics Division uses a diverse technology background to solve problems related to signal capture, analysis and exploitation. The group is specifically involved with proof of concept demonstrations, prototype development and theoretical analysis.

“This is one of the first steps in our quest to establish the MCNC spin-off company as a premier contract research organization and a leader in attracting new revenue sources to this state,” David Rizzo, MCNC president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “Building on our reputation as a leader in advanced technologies, we anticipate attracting new business and partnering with other key research organizations and customers in the near future.”

The Signal Electronics Division is headed by Mark Roberson, who received his B.S. degree in physics from Wake Forest University. Roberson earned both his Master of Arts and Doctoral degree in physics from Princeton University. Employed by MCNC since 1997, he holds nine U.S. Patents with several other pending patents.

MCNC says it offers cost-effective access to advanced electronic and information technologies and services for businesses, state and federal government agencies and North Carolina’s education communities. MCNC is comprised of a research and economic development division and a high performance computing and communications division.