Welcome to the spring/summer issue of the NC State Engineering magazine. This issue celebrates the launch of Think and Do the Extraordinary, The Campaign for NC State. Launched during the 2016 Homecoming Weekend, this capital campaign is critical for the future success of our College and University. Without the support of our alumni and friends, NC State and the College of Engineering cannot continue to provide the highest quality education and research environment for our students and faculty.
Our primary campaign focus continues to be our next marquee building — Engineering Building Oval. Thanks to the Connect NC bond, the University and diligent efforts of our the NC State Engineering Foundation, we have already raised $117 toward the goal of $154 million. We still need to raise $37 million to be able to break ground on EB Oval in 2018. You can learn more about EB Oval and opportunities to help us make it a reality on page 20.
Our campaign priorities also focus on supporting the mission and vision of our strategic plan — support for world-class infrastructure, professorships, fellowships and scholarships. These are the foundation for building a solid future in which our students learn from the best faculty, our undergraduates and graduate students work alongside top researchers in state-of-the-art facilities, and where students with high academic achievements and financial need receive the support needed to attain a highly valued degree from our College. More information about Think and Do the Extraordinary, The Campaign for NC State, can be found at campaign.ncsu.edu. I encourage you to learn more about how you can join us in strengthening our College.
Finally, we are delighted to share with you the latest US News Graduate Rankings for Colleges of Engineering, which now have NC State Engineering ranked 25th overall among more than 250 US colleges of engineering and 13th among public US engineering colleges. This is our highest ranking ever and is testimony to the tremendous commitment and effort made every day by our dedicated faculty, students and staff to make you, our alumni, ever prouder of being an NC State Engineering graduate.
I hope you enjoy this issue of NC State Engineering. And as always, I encourage you to stay connected to your College. Thank you for your support of the College of Engineering.
Louis A. Martin-Vega, Ph.D.