Engineering at NC State is a powerful driver of economic impact for North Carolina and the nation. NC State’s engineering graduates
- Fuel North Carolina’s high tech economy
- Create jobs by developing new technologies
- Launch innovative companies
- Bring cutting-edge products to market
The College of Engineering continues to grow to help meet demand for our highly skilled graduates. Learn how Fitts-Woolard Hall, our new engineering building, will help us meet that demand and find out how you can help support this endeavor.
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.
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.
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.
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
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