To educate, both directly and indirectly, the citizens of North Carolina, particularly K–12 students, about the true nature of engineering and the opportunities and careers within engineering through hands-on, inquiry- and problem- based programs and informational workshops and tools.
Every student, educator and parent in North Carolina will know the definition of engineering and the impact that engineering has on everyday life.
Director and Staff
Laura graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering in 1984 and 1985 respectively. She spent two years at AT&T Bell Laboratories, before returning to school at NC State for her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering. She has also taught at Duke University, where she began her work in K-12 Outreach while teaching undergraduate and graduate electrical engineering courses. Since then, she has consulted with Lockheed Martin, IBM, MCNC and others before eventually originating her current position in the Office Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering at NC State.
Laura is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education, a faculty advisor for the Society of Women Engineers at NC State, a member of the steering committee for the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) assessment in technological literacy and a frequent guest speaker for various groups (e.g., https://www.allbusiness.com/services/business-services/4342779-1.html). She has been inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women for her work in empowering women and eliminating racism. The combined Women in Engineering and K-12 Outreach Program under her tutelage received the institutional President’s Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in 2000. In 2009 Laura received the individual President’s Award for Excellence. Also in 2009 IEEE honored her with the Educational Activities Board Informal Education Award. Some of her National Science Foundation-sponsored work with K-12 was featured on the NSF Discoveries website in 2005.
Coordinator of Engineering K-12 Outreach Extension
Lecturer, Academic Advisor, COE Outreach Coordinator
Nancy Shaw, an electrical engineer with experience in industries involving telecommunications, computer support, and K-12 Outreach, received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from NC State University. As the K-12 Outreach Coordinator in the College of Engineering at NC State, she provides “Engineering on the Road” and “Engineering Bits & Bytes” STEM experiences for K-12 students across the state. In addition, Ms. Shaw teaches and advises NC State freshmen engineering students; she is the Executive Director of the NC Future City Program and serves as the COE liaison for the NC State Solar House.
Locations and Facilities
Our main facility is located on the North Campus of NC State University in 111 Lampe Building. We have multiple spaces that can be used for classroom-style activities and lab exploration, as well as resource rooms for equipment and materials.
Through the College’s distance education programs, we collaborate with partners in Rocky Mount at the Gateway Technology Center, Hickory at the NC Center for Engineering Technology and Havelock at Craven Community College and Kinston at Lenoir County Community College.
Funders, Partnerships and Collaborators
- Boston Museum of Science
- National Academy of Engineering
- National Science Foundation
- Wake County Public School System, NC
- Brentwood Elementary School, Raleigh, NC
- Rachel Freeman Elementary School, Wilmington, NC
- IEEE – CASEE Engineering Equity Extension Service
- National Assessment of Educational Progress
- Middle School K-12/University Partnership Best Practices award from the American Society for Engineering Education, 2014
- Educational Activities Board Informal Education Award from IEEE in 2009
- Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in 2000 and 2009
- Program featured on the NSF Discoveries website in 2005
- Wake County Public School Partnership Award
Outreach Ambassadors – We employ a number of undergraduate engineering students who support our outreach efforts throughout the community at events both on and off campus. These students receive training in working with K-12 students and lead activities for both large and small groups. Students work on average 10 to 20 hours per month throughout the fall and spring semesters.
Summer Programs Staff – Each spring, the College hires undergraduate engineering students, as well as high school students, to support summer programs in June and July. Students work between one and four weeks with the program and serve as team leaders for week-long activities, residence counselors and departmental assistants.
The Engineering Place
College of Engineering
NC State University
111 Lampe Building
Campus Box 7904
Raleigh, NC 27695-7904