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Fall/Winter 2019 NC State Engineering Magazine

Cover of Fall/Winter 2019 Alumni magazine

This issue spotlights the College’s efforts to recruit and retain more women faculty members and the leadership roles they have attained in our College. We have also set new records in the College for the numbers of underrepresented and women students entering as  first-year engineering students this semester.  Not to mention, the latest American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) figures show that we continue to rank in the top 20 nationally in the number of annual bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. engineering graduates.

Enjoy reading about our faculty and their ground-breaking research, the successes of our students and the many contributions made by our alumni.


From the Dean

College lands two major research projects

Q&A: Griffin Lamb


In our labs
Explore the spaces where our engineering faculty members work. In this issue, visit the Virtual and Augmented Reality Lab in the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Major impact
The College has increased the number of women faculty members over the last decade and promoted them to leadership positions in departments and centers.

Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network
NC State, Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill may be fierce rivals on the basketball court, but the three universities are partners in an effort to enable innovative nanoscience and nanotechnology research, discovery, workforce development and education.

Brewing up a sustainable coffee cup
A student team develops a coffee filtration system that processes wastewater into clean water and fertilizer and is recognized in a global engineering competition.

Fog alert
Researchers in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering are leading research on the impact of fats, oils and grease.

Research as recruitment
Summer research experiences held on campus help strengthen student skills. They also serve as a way for faculty members to recruit top graduate students.

Pack Points

Summer gaming program helps campers realize their potential

Research overcomes key obstacles to scaling up DNA data storage

Ultrasound aligns living cells in bioprinted tissues

New framework improves performance of deep neural networks

New tool tackles uncertainty in military logistics planning

Nanocrystal ‘factory’ could revolutionize quantum dot manufacturing

Students interact with NC State astronaut through live downlink

Are e-scooters polluters?

FREEDM researchers receive funding for work on grid resilience tools

Richardson was College’s first woman faculty member

Faculty Highlights


Filling the gap

Alumni give to Fitts-Woolard Hall to invest in North Carolina’s future

Global Growth

Planned giving

Engineering Foundation hosts 21st annual Endowment Dinner

Meet the Dean’s Circle

Young alumna endows scholarship in honor of father

Young alumni spotlight: Alex Stone

Foundation Year in Review

NC State Engineering Foundation staff and Board of Directors

High-Powered Rocketry Club wins altitude award at NASA competition

College of Engineering Homecoming Celebration

Return to contents or download the Fall/Winter 2019 NC State Engineering magazine (PDF, 2.3MB).

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DEAN Dr. Louis A. Martin-Vega


Dr. John Gilligan, Executive Associate Dean of Engineering

Griffin Lamb, Assistant Dean for Development and College Relations, Executive Director of the NC State Engineering Foundation, Inc.

Suzanne S. Gordon (BSCSC / MA ‘75, MSST ‘80) President, Board of Directors, NC State Engineering Foundation, Inc.

Michael Walsh, Interim Executive Director of Major Gifts and Campaign Planning, NC State Engineering Foundation, Inc.

EDITOR Brent Lancaster




CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Nora Brodsky, Lea Hart, Danielle Herman, Kathi McBlief, Matt Shipman

IMAGES Milad Abolhasani; Ralph Edwards; Marc Hall; iStock; Joy Johnson; Rebecca Kirkland; Robert Lasson; NC State High-Powered Rocketry Club; Stuart Nisbet; Stuart Phoenix; Richard Rohrbaugh; Skanska USA; Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries; Strata Solar; Alex Stone; U.S. Army.

ILLUSTRATION Jie Sun, Dameon Williams

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