College Welcome

Since 2001, the Engineering First Year program has hosted an annual College of Engineering Welcome event that features our Dean of the College of Engineering and a keynote speaker.

18th Annual College of Engineering Welcome Event

Thursday, August 23, 2018
Talley Student Union, State Ballroom
NC State University
4:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker:

Quint Barefoot
Entrepreneur
BSCHE ’85

Quint Barefoot is a Greensboro, NC native and received a B.S. in chemical engineering from the College of Engineering at NC State University and completed his MBA at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

He joined Four Seasons Environmental, Inc. and proceeded to lead the company through a rapid growth phase from less that $1M in annual revenue to $42M employing over 280 personnel in six offices at the time the business was sold to Great Lakes Chemical Corporation. He continued to lead the firm as a division of a publicly traded company—ultimately expanding to generate annual revenues of $96M with over 500 employees by performing complex environmental remediation projects.

After leaving Four Seasons, Quint was one of the founders of Monosep, LLC; started in 2001 as a service firm providing water treatment systems to the energy sector based in Lafayette, Louisiana, now integrated into Siemens Water Technologies. Quint was a founder of Zappa-Stewart, LLC; a polymer converting business focusing on super absorbent polymer compounds used in telecommunication products, energy applications and medical devices. The business was acquired by a publicly traded company, Chase Corporation, in January 2018. Quint continues to work as a director, involved in business development and product application development.

He’s a previous board member of the College of Engineering at NC State, serving on both the Marketing and Investment Committees. He was also a member of the Board of Directors at Greensboro Day School, participating on both the Development and Executive Committees.

Past Keynote Speakers*

Dr. Christine Darden, The 2017 NC State COE College Welcome Keynote Speaker 2017
Dr. Christine Mann Darden
Retired member of The Senior Executive Service
NASA Langley Research Cente
2016
Congressman Chris Collins (BSME ’72)
New York’s 27th Congressional District in the House of Representatives
2015 Jason Rhode President and CEO 2015
Jason Rhode (MSEE ’93 Ph.D. ’95 )
President and CEO
Cirrus Logic
2014 Suzanne Beckstoffer Director of Process and Tools 2014
Suzanne Beckstoffer (BSCE ‘82)
Director of Process and Tools
Newport News Shipbuilding
2013 Mark A. Norcross Founder and Consultant 2013
Mark A. Norcross (BSFMM ‘76)
Founder and Consultant
Mark David, Inc.
2012 Dr. B. Jayant Baliga Distinguished University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering 2012
Dr. B. Jayant Baliga
Distinguished University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
2011 Jake Hooks (MSE '78) President, Automotive North America 2011
Jake Hooks (MSE ’78)
President, Automotive North America,
Eaton Corporation
2010 Mark Wyatt (CSC '80) VP, Smart Grid & Energy Systems 2010
Mark Wyatt (CSC ’80)
VP, Smart Grid & Energy Systems
Duke Energy
2009 Tom McPherson (EE '76, '77) Managing Member Cluny Aviation LLC 2009
Tom McPherson (EE ’76, ’77)
Managing Member
Cluny Aviation LLC
2008 Steve Angel (CE '77) Chairman, President & CEO 2008
Steve Angel (CE ’77)
Chairman, President & CEO
Praxair
2007 Lee Mazzocchi (CE '90) Vice President 2007
Lee Mazzocchi (CE ’90)
Vice President
Progress Energy
2006 Scot Wingo (ECE '92) President and CEO 2006
Scot Wingo (ECE ’92)
President and CEO
ChannelAdvisor Corporation
2005 Gayle Lanier (IE '82) Vice President 2005
Gayle Lanier (IE ’82)
Vice President
2004 Tim E. Scronce (IE '87) President 2004
Tim E. Scronce (IE ’87)
President
Blue Rhino
2003 Ross Lampe, Jr. (IE '77) President 2003
Ross Lampe, Jr. (IE ’77)
President
SMD Software, Inc.
2002 Barbara H. Mulkey (CE '77) CEO 2002
Barbara H. Mulkey (CE ’77)
CEO
Mulkey Engineers & Consultants
Marshall Brain 2001 2001
Marshall Brain (CSC ’89)
Founder
HowStuffWorks

*Each profile dates back to the keynote speech year.

Questions?

Call Brian D. Koehler at 919.515.3263