Corporate Partners – Economic Development Luncheon

Join the NC State Engineering Foundation for lunch and an in-depth look at how NC State Engineering fuels economic growth and stability in North Carolina. Our panel of experts will explore the importance of NC State students on the growth of industry and small businesses across the state and how your company can partner with NC State to increase productivity and grow the local economy.

Dr. Michael L. Walden, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and Extension Economist at NC State, will moderate the panel discussion.

Friday, June 8, 2018
12 p.m.
City Club Raleigh
150 Fayetteville Street | 28th floor
Wells Fargo Building | Raleigh, NC | 27601
Bell Tower in the spring



Dr. Michael L. Walden Dr. Michael L. Walden
William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and Extension Economist | College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NC State University

Walden joined the NC State faculty in 1978 as an assistant professor. Since 2001, he has been the William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He is a member of the Agricultural and Resource Economics faculty and a member of the Graduate Economics faculty with The Poole College of Management.  He has been a visiting professor at Duke University and has served on several local and state commissions.

Walden has teaching, research and extension responsibilities at NC State in the areas of consumer economics, economic outlook and public policy. He has published 10 books and over 300 articles and reports, including the book, “North Carolina in the Connected Age,” published by the UNC Press.

He earned his Ph.D. in consumer economics from Cornell University in 1978.


Dr. Linda Butler

Linda Butler, M.D.
Vice President of Medical Affairs, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Medical Information Officer | UNC REX Healthcare

Butler is responsible for the UNC REX medical staff, quality programs and regulatory compliance. She was a pediatrician in Wake County for more than 13 years before joining UNC REX as chief medical officer in 2009.

Butler serves as a John Rex Endowment Board Member and Finance Committee Member. She is also on the boards of Raleigh Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Commission and Capital Care Collaborative. In 2012, she participated in Leadership NC as a member of class XIX and was named to the Top 100 CMO’s to Know by Becker’s twice in 2013 and 2014.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from NC State University in 1986 and a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Florida in 1987.  She received her medical training at UNC Chapel Hill.

Phillip Mintz

Phil Mintz
Executive Director of NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) and Director of the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) | NC State University

At NCMEP, Mintz drives outreach to NC manufacturers, builds relationships with federal and state leaders and coordinates efforts to drive profitable manufacturing growth in the state. He also leads the broader IES Extension Operations outreach unit of regional managers, technical specialists and business development leaders.

Mintz has 25 years of manufacturing and engineering experience, including 10 years as an IES regional manager and a specialist in quality management and Lean Six Sigma services.

Mintz earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering operations from NC State University in 1983 and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from North Carolina A&T State University in 1988.

Tom White

Thomas (Tom) J. White
Director of Economic Development Partnership | NC State University

White serves as a liaison/intermediary to local, regional and state economic developers and workforce development practitioners to connect NC State faculty, staff and students with new and expanding industry. His duties include implementing the Industry Clusters strategy statewide, chairing the UNC-General Administration Economic Transformation Council and coordinating both corporate recruitment and retention/expansion activities with several governmental agencies.

Tom earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a master’s degree in public affairs from NC State University.


11:30 a.m. – Guest arrival, check-in and start of buffet lunch

12:20 p.m. – Dean Louis Martin-Vega’s welcome and introduction of panel and moderator

12:40 p.m.  – Panel discussion: NC State’s importance in the economic development of North Carolina, especially rural areas

1:30 p.m. – Dean’s closing remarks

*Times are estimated — to be finalized


Please send your RSVP, along with any questions, to Carissa Burroughs, lead event and alumni relations coordinator, at or 919.515.9975.  Please also contact her if you are interested in attending future events.