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College to hold Industry Partners Virtual Panel event

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Dean Louis A. Martin-Vega and the College of Engineering will hold an Industry Partners Virtual Panel event with North Carolina business and governmental leaders to discuss the relationship between research and economic development.

The panel discussion, “Success in Leveraging State Funding to Attract Federal Research – a Catalyst for Economic Development in the State of North Carolina,” will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, via Zoom. The panel event is sponsored by the NC State Engineering Foundation, Inc.

NC State engineering alumna Pamela TownsendPE, will moderate the panel. Townsend, who is a senior vice president for WSP, USA, was named by the College as a Distinguished Engineering Alumna in 2016.

Panelists for the event will be:

Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders, NC Department of Commerce

Gary Gilleskie, executive director of the Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center, NC State University

Chad Henry, corporate vice president / general manager, Novo Nordisk

Elice Kitchen-McKinley, Bioprocess Engineering, Novartis Gene Therapies

Ruben Carbonell, senior technology strategist, National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals; director, William R. Kenan, Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science; distinguished fellow, Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center Frank Hawkins Kenan Distinguished Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, NC State University.

Those interested in attending the online event should RSVP to Carissa Burroughs at