The College of Engineering is pleased to name mechanical engineering and religious studies student Pippin Payne as the 2020 Faculty Senior Scholarship recipient.
The Faculty Senior Scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time student who exemplifies academic excellence, intellectual breadth and depth of character. The recipient must be a full-time student with a projected graduation date in the following academic year.
Coming into college, Payne knew that he wanted a versatile educational background that would allow him to foster a unique set of skills as he entered his professional career. By pursuing a double major in mechanical engineering and religious studies and a minor in business, he’s come to understand just how valuable adaptability and diversity are in the 21st century. “The interdisciplinary adaptability gained from my education path gives me the freedom and flexibility to pivot in order to take advantage of the opportunities presented to me. Especially in our current society, it is imperative to adapt to the fast-paced nature of the 21st century, and a versatile educational background allows me to do that.”
In 2019, Payne became a co-founder of the company Peak Coffee Processing. This start-up, founded by Payne and four other NC State students, was created to improve sustainability within the coffee industry. Alongside helping run a company, he has spent two rotations as a co-op student for BMW. Through these experiences, Payne has seen first-hand the power that diversity plays in the workplace, which has helped him understand the importance of fostering that into the community.
A dedication to service has played a large role in what Payne has committed time to during his college career. Payne serves on the student advisory board for the College of Engineering’s Engineer Your Experience Program, where he shares his experiences and insight as a student participant in the program with other fellow engineering students. From 2017-20, Payne held the title of Student President for the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenge Scholars, to help prepare the next-generation engineering leaders for problem-solving in the 21st century. Additionally, he was appointed as the National Innovation Analyst and NC State Business Analyst for Consult Your Community, a student-run organization that helps provide consulting to small businesses and nonprofits, and was selected by President Donald Trump to serve on the President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology.