N.C. State shared top honors with Johns Hopkins University and the University of Georgia in a series of rankings released by the Southern Growth Policies Board's Southern Technology Council.
The study, which evaluated 72 institutions in 24 states and Puerto Rico, was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and used 1998 licensing survey information from the Association of University Technology Managers.
UNC-Chapel Hill was one of five UNC-system schools -- and one of eight N.C. schools overall -- that participated in the study.
Five of the eight schools -- UNC-CH, N.C. State, UNC-Charlotte, East Carolina University and Duke University - ranked among the 13 most-rounded.
But Mark Crowell, UNC-CH director of the Office of Technology and Development, said UNC-CH is not satisfied with its ranking and will strive to better itself.
The rankings rated institutional performance in eight categories, including licensing, U.S. patents applied for and rewarded and startup companies that are formed with institutional research funds.
N.C. State was ranked in five of the eight categories and ranked first in two categories -- number of licenses and options in effect, and license income from in-state licenses.
David Winwood, N.C. State assistant vice chancellor, said the recent rankings are just another indication of the school's outstanding work in the technology field.
"(The rankings are) a nice little bonus," he said. "We've done very well in the last five or six years in these kinds of rankings."