Students participate in camp activities for K-12.


The College of Engineering does much more than educate students and conduct research. Its faculty, students and staff bring their resources and knowledge to businesses, government and the community through outreach activities that include industry extension, K-12 education programs, economic initiatives, recruitment and training.

Program Descriptions

Engineering Career Fair

Each spring and fall, the College hosts its Engineering Career Fair. The fair provides an opportunity for hundreds of prospective employers to connect with thousands of engineering students interested in jobs and internships. The event is one of the largest career fairs in the country held specifically for engineering students.

Engineering Online

Engineering Online is a distance education program that serves the needs of adult learners, enabling them to earn engineering and computer science course credits, as well as advanced degrees, through the flexibility of online classes. The program offers 15 online master’s degree programs, non-degree courses, a computer programming certificate and pre-engineering partnership programs with other state universities and community colleges.

The Engineering Place (K-20 Outreach)

The Engineering Place is NC State’s K–20 education and resource headquarters for exploring engineering. Through hands-on summer camps, in-school mentoring, dynamic volunteer programs, topical workshops and much more, the Engineering Place builds excitement around engineering for students and teachers.

Industry Expansion Solutions (IES)

As the statewide extension service of the College, the Industry Expansion Solutions (formerly known as the Industrial Extension Service) partners with North Carolina industry and acts as a catalyst for the transfer of knowledge and technology in support of economic development. Combining industry specialists and experience with university resources and expertise, IES supplies North Carolina businesses with the tools and services they need to help increase productivity, efficiency, quality and profit.

Minority Engineering Programs (MEP)

The Minority Engineering Programs develop and maintain programs that assist in the recruitment, retention and graduation of African American, Native America, and Hispanic students in engineering and computer science. MEP offers several support components that include tutorial assistance, scholarship opportunities, overnight recruitment stay, summer transition program, student mentor program, counseling services and freshman orientation courses.

The Grand Challenges-Focused Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) with Stratified Teaming Program

This three-­year NSF-sponsored RET program uses a stratified teaming method to focus on the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges. The NC State, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) program began in 2016 as a six-week summer session concentrating on both implementing and examining stratified teaming. Teams consisting of a high school teacher, a community college STEM faculty member and NC State engineering and education undergraduate students undergo a shared experience in the lab of a partnering engineering faculty member. In addition to examining stratified teaming, the NC State, UNCC RET Program will perform an additional research component that explores the efficacy of RET programs.

Summer Programs

The Engineering Place offers summer learning programs to three sets of K-12 students: high school, middle school and elementary school students. The summer workshops for high school students are weeklong residential programs through which students can explore engineering disciplines and experience college life at NC State. Middle school and elementary school students are introduced to engineering through weeklong day camps that feature hands-on, creative activities.

Women in Engineering

Women in Engineering offers programs that encourage young women to consider careers in engineering, mathematics and science disciplines. The program primarily aims to increase the number of women attending and graduating from the College and then entering graduate school or industry.