Spotlight: Young alumni advisory board adds five
Chemical Engineering, ‘13
Financial Advisor, Capitol Financial Solutions
“I wanted to join the board to help continue growing our engineering network and to help promote the Foundation.”
Civil Engineering, ‘20
“I wanted to get involved in YAAB because I got so much out of the connections I built in the College as a student and I hoped to continue to help provide those opportunities to other students as well as continue to grow my own professional network.”
Industrial Engineering, ‘17, ‘19
Mission Assurance Engineer, Northrop Grumman
“I am excited for YAAB to connect with Wolfpack engineers, even when outside of Raleigh.”
Mechanical Engineering, ‘18
Engineer, Volvo Trucks North America
“I joined YAAB because I see the value in reigniting and maintaining the individual connections between young alumni and the University.”
Aerospace Engineering, ‘19
F135 Process and Methods Engineer,
Pratt & Whitney
College Relations Committee
“My passion of wanting to join YAAB stems from my background of being an Engineering Ambassador, which taught me how to give back to the University, and a desire to keep assisting students in the pursuit of their education and
future endeavors within the workforce.”
About the board
Formed in 2018 by the NC State Engineering Foundation, the Young Alumni Advisory Board (YAAB) aims to encourage support from the growing population of College of Engineering young alumni.
The College defines “young alumni” as students who are 0-15 years post-graduation from their last degree earned. Currently 36.2 percent, or 24,395, of graduates are young alumni.
Members of YAAB are drawn from various engineering disciplines and are divided into four committees: Events, Communications, College Relations and Development. The 2021-22 board has 31 members, including five new recruits.
“The board has grown in its diverse representation — through background, geographic location, departmental representation and ideas,” said Hannah Kunkel, assistant director of development, alumni engagement and stewardship for the Foundation. “This has allowed us to attract more young alumni and create a board that represents the College we know today.”
Alumni support is instrumental to the College through means including volunteering, financial contributions and representing NC State Engineering in their cities, communities and workplaces.
“The board is educating students on what private support is able to accomplish and that remaining involved does not have to start with financial giving, but can start with volunteering your time and ideas to help move the College forward,” said Kunkel. “Being involved and seeing the growth inspires folks to financially support the College, allowing the College to move forward.”
YAAB helps to connect recent graduates with the NC State Engineering Foundation Board to bring together generations of alumni.
“A culture of philanthropy and connection to the College from the time you graduate is one that both boards are working toward,” said Kunkel.
Want to get involved in YAAB? Visit engr.ncsu.edu/alumni-and-giving/ya or contact Hannah Kunkel at email@example.com.