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Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Emily Fang in front of a black and violet blurred background.

Mar 27, 2023

Touch is the key to Fang’s success

Have you ever used a virtual keyboard that didn’t vibrate or show you a key has been pressed? Or a flat keyboard that made no noise? Was it unsettling, at first, to not hear the clicks and clacks or feel the keys move under your fingers? These tactile experiences are essential to the user’s experience with the virtual world. It is also what sparked the fascination of ISE senior Emily Fang to study ergonomics. 

High school students listen to a professor while gathered in a laboratory.

Mar 24, 2023

K-12 students gain exposure to biomanufacturing research and STEM pathways

An interdisciplinary group of NC State scientists, engineers and educators hosted field trips on campus for 61 high school students and 14 middle school students on Friday, March 3, and Friday,… 

Left to right: Colin Lawler, Mallory Padgett and Nick Berinson holding their first place awards.

Feb 10, 2023

Sustainable transportation project wins at Engineering Design Day

NC State students’ optimization of the Wolfline bus system wins top honors. 

Spencer Lee

Feb 7, 2023

Rockets for seeds

Spencer Lee has always had a knack for building things; perhaps this is because of his childhood growing up on a farm and needing to run equipment daily. “My passion for science, aerospace and engineering probably took real roots when I watched a movie called ‘October Sky,’” he recalls. 

Computerized image of electricity generating windmills. Dark blue background with light blue windmill shapes lined up in a row.

Jan 17, 2023

It’s like a Fitbit, but bigger

Their research focuses on using big data to tune existing digital twins. So, what is a digital twin? “A digital twin is a virtual representation of a physical system, a collection of computationally expensive simulation models based on the physics of the system,” explained Shashaani. “It is a concept gaining increased popularity these days for its potential to revolutionize several fields, such as renewable energy production.”  

Artist rendition of human brain inside of head with Neuralink implant.

Jan 9, 2023

Are we ready for computer chips in our brains?

Recently Elon Musk and his company Neuralink announced that they could be ready for human trials of their wireless brain chip in as little as six months. The thought of machines run by artificial intelligence (AI) implanted in our heads is the stuff of dreams and nightmares. Most concerns about this technology come from our need to understand what it can and can not do. So we sat down with our brain-computer interface expert, Dr. CS Nam, to get to the bottom of this. 

Jenna Butler

Dec 20, 2022

ISE senior scores her degree

Earning a degree in industrial and systems engineering and playing Division I women’s soccer wasn’t easy for senior Jenna Butler, but she would not have approached college without either. 

Ken Stevens, center, with Caldwell Fellows Luke Caplice and Adam McIntosh.

Dec 7, 2022

Working hard to give back

Growing up in Durham, NC, Kenneth A. Stevens, industrial engineering ‘72, developed a strong work ethic from an early age. 

Ashley Williams in NC State women's basketball uniform dribbles against opposing team member.

Dec 6, 2022

ISE alumna returns to women’s basketball program

Alumna Ashley Williams left the NC State women’s basketball program on a high note. Her senior year, the team made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the…