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.

16th Annual College of Engineering Welcome Event

Congressman Chris Collins (BSME '72)Thursday, August 18, 2016
Talley Student Union, State Ballroom
NC State University
4:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker:

Congressman Chris Collins (BSME ’72)
New York’s 27th Congressional District
in the House of Representatives

After graduating NC State in 1972 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Chris began his professional career with Westinghouse Electric. While employed with Westinghouse, he received his MBA from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

In 1983, Chris engineered a leverage buyout of the Westinghouse industrial gear division he was managing in Buffalo. He subsequently purchased over 20 financially distressed companies and implemented Lean Six Sigma as the key management tool to lead these companies to success.

In 2007, Chris was elected Erie County (NY) Executive with the slogan “Elect a chief executive, not a chief politician” where he promised to implement Lean Six Sigma for the first time in a large municipal government in the United States. Through the implementation of Lean Six Sigma, Chris transformed an effectively bankrupt county into a prosperous one, reducing the county’s debt by over $120 million and creating a cash surplus in excess of $100 million.

Congressman Chris Collins currently represents New York’s 27th Congressional District in the House of Representatives, where he has served since being elected in November 2012. He is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is recognized as the most influential committee in Congress.

Past Keynote Speakers*

 2015 Jason Rhode President and CEO2015
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 Consultant2013
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 20012001
Marshall Brain (CSC ’89)
Founder
HowStuffWorks
*Each profile dates back to the keynote speech year.

Questions?

Call Brian D. Koehler at 919.515.3263