Spring/Summer 2019 NC State Engineering magazine
This issue highlights important examples of interdisciplinary endeavors in our engineering departments and research centers, as well as at the university level with the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program. It also features our crown jewel, Fitts-Woolard Hall, scheduled to open in the summer of 2020.
A facility like no other
NC State’s on-campus nuclear reactor has always had an innovative streak.
In our labs
It’s a sound that may be familiar to students attending class in Engineering Building III (EB III) on NC State’s Centennial Campus — a roar that’s reminiscent of a commercial jet preparing for takeoff. In reality, it is the sound of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering’s supersonic wind tunnel, located in an annex building on the back side of EB III. The building is also home to a closed-loop subsonic wind tunnel operated by the department.
Better by design
Senior design in the College of Engineering benefits both students and sponsors.
Research within the College is advancing electric vehicle technology.
Engineering alumni are playing a major role in Fitts-Woolard Hall.
After the storm
Faculty members find research opportunities in hurricane’s wake.
From the Dean
Welcome to the spring 2019 issue of NC State Engineering magazine. While our engineering departments still provide the underlying framework of our College, increasingly, the practice of engineering and engineering education is driven as much or more by cross-cutting societal challenges and the solutions they need, as it is by traditional engineering disciplines. This reality has made interdisciplinary work a focus of engineering education and research at NC State.
Questions for Dennis Kekas
Dennis Kekas is NC State’s associate vice chancellor of partnerships and economic development, where he oversees industry and government partnerships, including those on Centennial Campus. As the College continues its move to Centennial, we asked him about what makes it a great campus.
Alumna blasts off for the ISS
Engineering graduate Christina Hammock Koch launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in southern Kazakhstan on March 14, bound for the International Space Station.