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.

20th Annual College of Engineering Welcome Event

Thursday, August 20 4:45 p.m.

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20th Annual College of Engineering Welcome Event

Edward P. Fitts
Edward P. Fitts BSIE ‘61

Thursday, August 20
4:45 p.m.

Keynote Speaker:

Edward P. Fitts
BSIE ‘61

A native of Littleton, Ed Fitts is the former president and CEO of Dopaco Inc., a company he founded in 1979. He began his career with Sonoco Products Company, where he served 18 years, eventually becoming vice president of paperboard packaging. In 1979 he purchased Sonoco’s folding carton operation in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, and renamed the business unit Dopaco. He attributes much of his success to the foundation he received at NC State, where he earned his bachelor of science in industrial engineering in 1961.

Ed and his wife Deb are members of NC State’s Alexander Quarles Holladay Lifetime Giving Society, which includes the University’s most generous supporters.

In 2005, a transformational gift ensured that NC State’s Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) became the first endowed academic department in the history of the University of North Carolina system. Ed developed an associated business plan for the department to support its advance to the top echelon.

Support over the years for industrial and systems engineering has also included the establishment of seven endowments: Edward P. Fitts Scholarship, Edward P. Fitts Distinguished Professorship, A. Doug Allison Distinguished Professorship, Clifton A. Anderson Distinguished Professorship, Dopaco Inc. Distinguished Professorship, Edgar S. Woolard Distinguished Professorship, and the Edward P. Fitts Fellowship Endowment. In addition to their support through all of these efforts, the Fittses have made many other gifts to funds supporting teaching, learning, research, and more.

Their remarkable leadership culminated in a historic gift to the College of Engineering. Together with Ed and Peggy Woolard, they have led the way for the college’s newest building, Fitts-Woolard Hall, which was completed on Aug. 3. This new building will enrich learning opportunities, catalyze innovation, and transform engineering throughout North Carolina and beyond. And it will be a tangible demonstration of the Fittses’ broad legacy of philanthropy for years to come.

Ed has also given generously of his time to his alma mater. He organized and served for over 10 years as chair of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Advisory Board and served on the board of directors for the NC State Engineering Foundation 2003-11.

He is the recipient of the university’s highest non-academic award, the Watauga Medal, as well as the Industrial and Systems Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award and the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award. Ed is a lifetime member of the NC State Alumni Association. 

Past Keynote Speakers*

2019
Tim Humphrey (BSEE ’96)
IBM
2018
Quint Barefoot (BSCHE ’85)
Entrepreneur
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 Center
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