Engineer Your Experience Program

Funding is available to support your participation in a wide range of experiences to enhance your education in the College of Engineering.  We challenge you to Engineer Your Experience!

Welcome,

Due to COVID-19, there are travel restrictions in place for NCSU students.  Therefore, we will not be supporting any in-person travel.

We are able to support the registration cost to attend virtual conferences or webinars that are considered part of your professional development.

Study Abroad and Alternative Break Service trips will be given some financial support contingent on travel restrictions being lifted and funds being available.   If travel restrictions change, we will update this website.

Please check back to stay updated.

 

 

Important Note Regarding the EYE Program and Financial Support

Only NC State engineering students and engineering student organization groups (only engineering majors) can request financial support. You cannot request financial support if your primary enrollment institution is UNC-Asheville or UNC-Chapel Hill for joint programs. If you are in the Paper Science & Engineering (PSE), Textile Engineering (TE), or Biological Engineering (BE) Majors, you will need to contact your Department Head to request financial support for enhancement experiences.

*Funds will not support students outside the College of Engineering.

Upcoming Deadlines

Deadlines for Spring:
February 15 and April 1
You can only submit requests for events that will occur through December 31.

If you have any questions, please email engrfundrequest@ncsu.edu

Program Deadlines

The deadlines for Fall will be September 15 and November 1.

Please note, you can only submit requests for events that will occur through December 31.

The deadlines for Spring will be February 15 and April 1.

Please note, you can only submit requests for events that will occur through June 30.

Requirements to Request Funding

  • You must be an Engineering undergraduate student at NC State
  • Students must have paid the enhancement fee
  • The request must take place in the current fiscal year (FY); July 1, 2020, thru June 30, 2021
    • The deadline dates for Fall will be September 15 and November 1.  
    • You can only submit requests for events that will occur through December 31.  
    • We STRONGLY encourage students to plan ahead.

International Travel Requests: Not being accepted at this time.

The request must be submitted 8 weeks before the travel date.

Domestic Travel Requests: Not being accepted at this time.

The request must be submitted 4 weeks before the travel date.

Note:  You must plan accordingly; DO NOT make purchases and expect reimbursement. Reimbursements are NOT guaranteed.

Code of Student Conduct

 

Students, we expect you to follow the Code of Student Conduct.  If you submit a request that has any false information, it will be denied and you will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct.  https://studentconduct.dasa.ncsu.edu/

Please be aware of the entire Code of Student Conduct and especially section 10.13.

10.13 PROVIDING FALSE INFORMATION

(a)  Intentionally initiating or causing to be initiated any known false report, warning or threat of fire, explosion or other emergencies;

(b)  Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any University document, records, or instrument of identification;

(c)  Furnishing false information, oral or written, to any University official, faculty or staff member, or office; or

(d)  Possession or use of an instrument of identification that is not one’s own or is fictitious or altered.

 

Engineering Student Experience Opportunities

All disciplines of engineering have multiple conferences for students and professionals to attend.  You will learn about these different conferences from your faculty members, engineering colleagues and engineering staff members.  If you want to attend a conference, do your homework and find the conference website, conference agenda and travel information. Before you submit your request, be sure you submit a PDF file of the conference agenda.  We must have this agenda in order for your request to be reviewed.  Conferences related to departmental research/sponsored research are not supported.

  

Engineering Student Design Competitions

NC State University has a number of student design competitions that occur annually.  Some of these include: Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Student Unmanned Aerial Systems Competition (AUVSI SUAS competition), BAJA Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) Competitions in Tennessee and Rochester, Formula SAE Competitions in Lincoln, NE and Brooklyn, MI.  You will learn about these different competitions from your faculty members, engineering colleagues and engineering staff members.   If you want to attend a competition, do your homework and find the competition website, competition agenda and travel information. Before you submit your request, be sure you have a PDF of the competition agenda ready to submit.  We must have this agenda in order for your request to be reviewed.  

You will work directly with the Leadership & Civic Engagement Office.  DO NOT complete an EYE Program Request.

 Leadership Civic and Engagement

DO NOT complete the student fund request form for an ASB trip; notify the ASB trip leaders and Leadership & Civic Engagement staff and let them know you are a College of Engineering student and some portion your airfare for the trip will be supported.

You will work directly with the Study Abroad Office for Study Abroad Programs.  DO NOT complete an EYE Program Request.  

All study abroad programs must be credit-bearing in order for Engineering students to receive financial support from the EYE Program.  DO NOT complete a student fund request form.  Instead, you will work directly with Study Abroad.

Support from the EYE Program is contingent on the availability of funds and is not guaranteed.

Study Abroad Program Scholarships –Complete the scholarship application first:
Scholarship Cycles and Dates:
How to Apply for Study Abroad Programs:
Study Abroad Funding Information Sessions:

 

**Students must be aware of the Study Abroad deadline dates.  You are responsible for meeting the deadline dates.  The EYE Program and Study Abroad Office can’t make any exceptions on these deadline dates.

 

If you are selected to receive a student travel award, you will receive an award letter with the amount of your award.   You must accept and sign the document before it’s awarded.

This award will be considered as a part of your Financial Aid package.

You will receive the award in your My Pack Portal student account.

You need to make your plans for your Study Abroad trip accordingly.

There are approximately 74 engineering student organizations at NC State.  If you have an idea that will benefit engineering students, please submit your request via email to engrfundrequest@ncsu.edu or set-up a time to speak with Dr. Hoover-Plonk.

 

Spring 2021 Workshops and Certificate Programs

Spring 2021

 

All undergraduate engineering students are invited to participate in one Engineering Interest Circle focused on various topics of personal interests such as entrepreneurship, space or art/music (these are only examples).  We know students want to have more engagement and community with their peers.  The groups will be led by an engineering NCSU alumni member who is excited to meet all of you and share their feedback regarding this similar interest, their career trajectory as well as lead your group in meaningful conversations.  The students will meet four times during the spring semester, and each meeting will last approximately 60-75 minutes.  Join us for this valuable time to hang out and meet your peers and a wonderful NCSU College of Engineering Alumni Member.

Please register here if you are interested in participating in an Engineering Interest Circle, and we will reach out to you with further details.  https://forms.gle/1zswNShtM37uMQch7

We are excited to roll-out three new certificate programs for Spring 2021; EYE on Leadership, EYE on Communication & Career Readiness and EYE on Clifton Strengths & Emotional Intelligence.  Students can choose to participate in one workshop or more in the three certificate programs listed below. If students complete all four courses, they will receive a credly badge that signifies the learning outcomes that have been achieved, and it can be showcased in a students’ resume, LinkedIn profile and esignature. The EYE (Engineering Your Experience) Program is excited to partner with different NCSU units and external organizations who will deliver these exemplary certificate programs for our engineering students.

Please contact Dr. Shelly Hoover-Plonk if you have questions at engrfund@ncsu.edu  

Leadership and Interpersonal communication skills are important skills needed to be successful in your career.   The focus of the program is to help you understand yourself better as a leader and your preferred communication style.  The EYE on Leadership Workshops & Certificate Program is designed to give students these foundational skills to ensure their success in the marketplace and to help them create a positive perception within the future organizations they serve.

The four workshops include: Improving Interpersonal Effectiveness and VersatilityCommunicating with ConfidenceTeam Essentials Manage Difficult Conversations Through Effective Dialogue and Feedback.  The EYE (Engineering Your Experience) Program is excited to partner with NCSU’s Learning & Organizational Development team who will deliver this exemplary leadership program for our engineering students.

Register today on Reporter

Please contact Dr. Shelly Hoover-Plonk if you have questions at engrfund@ncsu.edu  

Communication skills are a vital asset in today’s business world. They are a necessity in building trust and influence and empowering our people and teams. The EYE on Communication & Career Readiness Workshops & Certificate Program is designed to give students these foundational skills to ensure their success in the marketplace and to help them create a positive perception within the future organizations they serve.

The four workshops include: Facilitate & Manage Virtual and Face to Face Meetings, Write it Right, Improve Team Efficiency with the Kolbe A Assessment and Communicate a Positive Perception.  The EYE (Engineering Your Experience) Program is excited to partner with Ms. Judy Griffin, Write Angles, who will deliver this exemplary leadership program for our engineering students.

Please contact Dr. Shelly Hoover-Plonk if you have questions at engrfund@ncsu.edu  

Register Today, https://forms.gle/3XNnQwL7xtVukH5Y7

Knowledge about yourself as a leader is critical in today’s business world.  The CliftonStrengths assessment allows you to understand where you can be the strongest contributor as a team member, and how to utilize the strengths of your team members.  Emotional intelligence provides an understanding of your emotions and the emotions of others and how to utilize that information successfully when working 1:1 with someone or on a team.  The EYE on CliftonStrengths & Emotional Intelligence Workshops & Certificate Program is designed to give students these foundational skills to ensure their success in the marketplace and to help them create a positive perception within the future organizations they serve.

The four workshops include EYE Strengths Basics, EYE Strengths Career, EYE Emotional Intelligence and EYE Emotional Intelligence & Strengths.  The EYE (Engineering Your Experience) Program is excited to partner with NCSU’s Center for Career Development team who will deliver this exemplary leadership program for our engineering students.

Please contact Dr. Shelly Hoover-Plonk if you have questions at engrfundrequest@ncsu.edu

Please email Dr. Shelly Hoover-Plonk if you are interested in participating in the EYE on CliftonStrengths & Emotional Intelligence Workshops & Certificate Program, and we will reach out to you with further details. 

engrfundrequest@ncsu.edu

Description and Dates TBD

Introducing GRID’s Solar Spark Conference: A Virtual Alternative to Solar Spring Break

In order to plan in advance for the health and safety of our communities, volunteers, and staff, like many of you, we’ve had to change our typical programming for 2021 and will not be having our usual in-person Solar Spring Break (SSB). Instead, we are excited to be hosting Solar Spark, a virtual collegiate conference focused on environmental equity and sustainability that will be put on by students and for students! Students are encouraged to register by March 26, 2021. During this spring conference (taking place on April 1-4), students will engage in workshops, discussions, and training in solar (and related technologies) and environmental justice through an online collegiate community experience.

If you have any questions about the ASB GRID Solar Spark Conference, please contact Adam Culley with the Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement at alculley@ncsu.edu.

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Students can look forward to: 

  • Learning from luminaries in the field about the solar energy industry, innovative renewable energy technologies, energy justice, policy, and the future of solar through student-led interviews and discussions with industry experts.
  • Connecting with organizations and career pathways that support clean, renewable energy, as well as meeting industry employers and learning about internships, fellowships, and entry-level positions.
  • Getting to know other college students who share a passion for an equitable and sustainable energy future.
  • Your students will be able to interact with peers and professionals to learn about exciting developments and opportunities in the solar industry, clarify a vision for a renewable-energy-fueled future that is equitable, inclusive, and built with cutting-edge new technology, and feel inspired to spark a brighter future for people and the planet.

College students will have a core role in planning and running this conference so that it meaningfully reflects their values, interests, and priorities. We would love to connect if:

  • You have a student leader (or leaders) who might be interested in a volunteer role with the conference.
  • Your school is interested in sponsoring at a flat rate so your students can attend at no out-of-pocket cost to them. While this past year has been a wild ride for educators, it’s the students that get us through and continue to inspire. We look forward to the inspiration, creativity, and vision that students will bring to this event.

Registration Deadline: March 26, 2021

Registration: ASB GRID Registration 

The Circle of Change First Generation Student Virtual Career Leadership Experience looks to give students access to 8 dynamic, engaging, and interactive career leadership development sessions. Circle of Change will host 16 first generation panelists/speakers from top tier organizations and 2 life changing and transformational keynote speakers. The conference will provide amazing networking opportunities, resume reviewers, recordings of each session, and a digital workbook. This virtual event will run from April 9th – 10th, 2021. Participants will need to register by March 1, 2021.

To register please visit: https://forms.gle/tEv8E2nRvrsamLtx6 

The GREEN Program is offering two exceptional certificate program opportunities for our NCSU Engineering students. We hope you can take advantage of them. If you are accepted, the cost of the program certificate will be covered for you. This program will provide you the opportunity to work with some key engineering problems while learning about them in an international context. No travel is involved. Employers are looking for students that have international experience, and this is one way to gain that experience without traveling.

Nepal and Peru held virtually June 14-28, 2021               

Nepal: Ethics of Sustainable Development  

Peru: Indigenous Knowledge of Sustainable Practices and Systems

Registration DEADLINE:  April 9, 2021

For more details and registration information:  https://thegreenprogram.com/apply

The Engineer Your Experience (EYE) program is partnering with Wellness and Recreation to offer students outdoor team-building exercises. These opportunities include low and high rope courses and Alpha Beta Simulation Game. If you are interested in participating in these in-person activities, please fill out this form! You will receive an email with further details two days prior to the event.

  1. Friday, March 5th (wellness day) 1:00-5:00 pm: low & high ropes course
  2. Saturday, March 13th 2:00-4:00 pm: Alpha Beta Simulation Game
  3. Saturday, March 20th 1:00-5:00 pm: low & high ropes course
  4. Wednesday, March 24th (wellness day) 2:00-4:00 pm: Alpha Beta Simulation Game

For more details and registration information:  https://forms.gle/444EWyWJYG17zDnk8

 

Outdoor Adventure Trips

The Engineer Your Experience (EYE) program is partnering with Wellness and Recreation to offer students free outdoor recreation experiences. These opportunities include hiking, biking, and paddling on campus! All equipment is provided and all events are beginner friendly. Ready to get started? Head to WellRec and check-in at Outdoor Adventures or the Member Services desks and let them know you are an engineering student and they will help you get registered. Pre-registration is required, check our website for details. Events include:

  • Lake Raleigh Hiking – April 21st from 6pm-7pm
  • Greenway Biking – Wednesday March 24, 12pm-12:45pm OR Saturday April 24th 10am-11am
  • Lake Raleigh Paddling – Many 1 hour sessions available on March 27th (1 and 4pm), Saturday April 10th (9am-11am), OR Friday April 16th (5pm-8pm)
Have questions? Fee free to reach out to Outdoor Adventures at wellrec-outdoor@ncsu.edu

Do you want a technical certification to help fine-tune your skills? Get certified in Six Sigma, PowerBI, AWS, and other highly marketable certifications by applying to the form below. For more details regarding each certification, check out the hyperlinked certifications!

AWS Cloud Practitioner or Speciality
Analyzing Data with PowerBI
Microsoft Azure Data Fundamentals
Microsoft Azure AI Fundamentals
Microsoftt Azure Fundamentals
Microsoft Database Fundamentals
Six Sigma Certification

For more details and registration information:  https://forms.gle/TJSCaZNgdvpARwJi7

FAQ

 NC State engineering students and engineering student organization groups (only engineering majors)You cannot request financial support if your primary enrollment institution is UNC-Asheville or UNC-Chapel Hill for joint programs.  If you are in the Paper Science & Engineering (PSE), Textile Engineering (TE) or Biological Engineering (BE) Majors, you will need to contact your Department Head to request financial support for enhancement experiences.*Funds will not support students outside the College of Engineering.

Before applying for support, you must read the overview of the application process first

The only requests we will consider for Fall 2020 are virtual conferences and webinars. You need to submit a request as soon as possible once you know you are interested in attending a conference or webinar.  

  • The deadline dates for Fall will be September 15 and November 1.  
  • You can only submit requests for events that will occur through December 31.

International Travel Requests: Not being accepted at this time.

The request must be submitted 8 weeks before the travel date.

Domestic Travel Requests: Not being accepted at this time.

The request must be submitted 4 weeks before the travel date.

Yes! The College of Engineering is dedicated to supporting every engineering student on their path to becoming engineers. All experiences MUST have an engineering focus OR support your professional development in order to be considered for financial support.  Part of the request form includes your ability to provide this connection to engineering and/or professional development. If the request has no connection to engineering or professional development then the request will be denied.  

Some items that cannot be approved include but are not limited to: tuition reimbursement, personal expenses, food, gas, Uber/Lift, internship expenses, museum tickets or any type of entertainment tickets.

A College of Engineering Committee will review all requests submitted by the designated deadlines.  You will hear back about your request within 5-7 days.

No in-person travel will be reimbursed in the fall because of the travel restrictions.  When the restrictions are lifted, then reimbursements may be considered.

The College of Engineering MAY be able to reimburse you for funds used for approved travel or reimbursement area that have an engineering focus used to enhance your skills. You are not guaranteed reimbursement

If you have already bought an airline ticket, conference registration or hotel and would like to see if you can be reimbursed, please email the Coordinator of Enhancement Programs at: engrfundrequest@ncsu.edu

You must submit receipts within 30 days of the trip being completed to be considered for reimbursement.  No exceptions will be made.

*NOTE:  YOU ARE NOT GUARANTEED A REIMBURSEMENT.  

 

Check Out The Experiences That Have Been Supported By EYE

Students are encouraged to attend engineering focused Engineering Conferences

Engineering Conferences: American Nuclear Society (ANS) Student Conference, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Healthcare Systems Improvement Conference, ProMat 2019, and SensUs Research Competition

EYE Student Advisory Committee

This group of students will meet throughout the year and provide feedback to the Coordinator of the EYE program regarding marketing, student access and serve as the voice of their peers.  They will also assist in conducting information sessions about the EYE program.  All of these students have utilized the EYE program, and they have already provided valuable feedback to advance the program. *Note:  the EYE Student Advisory Committee began the fall of 2019.

Cedric Clyburn (Junior)

Computer Science

Jessica Prince (5th Year) 

Industrial & Systems Engineering

Anna Davis  (Senior)

Aerospace Engineering

Rachel Figard (Senior)

Industrial & Systems Engineering

Marzanne Delapp De Anaya (’20)

Moen, New Bern, NC, Manufacturing Engineering Contractor, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Pippin Payne (Senior)

Mechanical Engineering

Ryan Pecaut (Senior)

Industrial & Systems Engineering

Kaelan Moore (Freshmen)

Engineering First Year

 

 

Questions? Contact the EYE Coordinator