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Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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Jan 24, 2023

Generous gift from Wolfspeed extends Palmour legacy in College of Engineering

The gift is establishing the John Palmour Distinguished Professorship in Materials Science and Engineering as well as the Wolfspeed Endowed Scholarship in Memory of Dr. John Palmour. The scholarship will provide need-based support for undergraduates in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, where Palmour earned his bachelor’s degree (1982) and Ph.D. (1988). 

Gleb Yushin

Dec 20, 2022

MSE alum Gleb Yushin interviewed by Forbes magazine

Growing up in the USSR and Russia, Gleb Yushin only applied to one university in the United States: NC State University. 

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Dec 15, 2022

Tracy honored by the Royal Society of Chemistry

Professor Joseph Tracy, a University Faculty Scholar and professor of Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University, has been inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). 

Lynne Dale dressed in red graduation cap and gown with fall trees and leaves in the background.

Dec 14, 2022

Finding a future: How a knee injury made one senior’s path clear

Like many students with a love for math and science, Lynne Dale, materials science and engineering ‘22, always knew she wanted to become an engineer, but what type of engineer was a big question for her. 

Summer camp students participate in competition.

Dec 1, 2022

Summer on campus

At 9 a.m. on a July Wednesday, more than 70 middle school students filed into a classroom, waiting to be assigned the real-world problem they’d be solving that day. Clustered together, campers tackled complex problems like how to construct a moving boat or how to stop a viral outbreak. Using cardboard, aluminum foil, balloons and more, these campers were trying to solve some of the fundamental challenges in engineering. 

John Palmour, second from right, speaks during a panel discussion at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on NC State's Centennial Campus in October 2022.

Nov 18, 2022

College mourns loss of John Palmour

The College of Engineering notes with great sadness the death of John Palmour, an alumnus of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and founder of local companies Cree, Inc. and Wolfspeed. Palmour died on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. He was 62. 

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Oct 24, 2022

DOE awards $100M to Sila startup co-founded by MSE alum Gleb Yushin

Founded in 2011, Sila is a next-generation battery materials company with the mission to power the world’s transition to clean energy. 

An artist's rendering of an aerial view of the to-be-built Wolfspeed plant.

Oct 20, 2022

Wolfspeed ahead: an NC State spinoff powers the future

The company that pioneered LED lighting now looks to improve the efficiency and performance of electric vehicles and other high-power applications. Meet the people building the world’s largest silicon carbide manufacturing facility in Chatham County. 

Jacob Jones

Oct 17, 2022

Using supercharged material science in an operational environment

Professor Jacob Jones’s work in dielectrics and piezoelectrics sparks the interest of Sandia National Laboratories. 

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Sep 21, 2022

Yaroslava Yingling named Kobe Steel Distinguished Professor

The professorship was established 34 years ago at a ceremony at NC State University on March 14, 1988. This partnership for university distinction was formed by a group of NC State College of Engineering faculty and private sector partners, including former MSE department head John Hren and former president of Kobe Development Corporation Mr. S. Yano.