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Fall / Winter 2023 NC State Engineering Magazine

Inside Stories

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Jim Pfaendtner

The new dean

Jim Pfaendtner brings a passion for engineering education to NC State

DOE grant brings renewed energy to NC State COE in more ways than one

Nothing energizes the engineering community like fusion.

Engineer your experience

Through the Engineer Your Experience (EYE) Program, undergraduate engineering students can make opportunities their realities.

Celebrating 40 years of excellence

Since their inception, the Minority Engineering Programs (MEP) have focused on developing and delivering support services that assist in recruiting, retaining and graduating minority students.

To the next 100

It is our alumni, faculty and staff members, students and friends who have helped make the NC State College of Engineering what it is today.

Growing at Wolfspeed

NC State-born company continues to pay off for North Carolina.

Scholarship, professorship honor late Wolfspeed founder

When Cree, Inc. was started, each of the six founders had a role. John Palmour’s was to work on advanced devices.


Share your COE story

We’re gathering memories from our COE community to celebrate 100 years.

As we wrap up this 100th anniversary year, there’s still time to share your story on our website. We wouldn’t be where we are without our students, alumni, faculty and staff members and friends. In honor of a century of NC State Engineering achievements, we are gathering stories and memories from our community to share on our website.

The Fitts-Woolard Engineering building at dusk. Photo by Becky Kirkland.

NC State Engineering Magazine
Vol. XVII, Issue II

Jim Pfaendtner

Advisory Board
▪ Peter Fedkiw, Interim Associate Dean for Research and Infrastructure
▪ Deborah B. Young (CE ’77), President, Board of Directors, NC State Engineering Foundation, Inc.
▪ Griffin Lamb, Assistant Dean for for Philanthropy and Executive Director, NC State Engineering Foundation, Inc.

Brent Lancaster

Senior Associate Editor
Danielle Herman

Art Director
Candice Kimble Wallace

Will Briggs ▪ Jalen Harvey ▪ Candice Kimble Wallace

Javon Adams ▪ Angelitha Daniel ▪ Allison DeBusk ▪ Ken Tate ▪ Nicole Zelniker

Caroline Baldauff ▪ Jack Boden ▪ Hannah Braswell ▪ Maya Clinton ▪ Shaun Deardorff ▪ Charlie Dickens ▪ Rob Glass ▪ Jack Halasz ▪ Charles Hall ▪ Marc Hall ▪ Jordan Hjelmquist ▪ Amy Isvik ▪ Becky Kirkland ▪ Robert Kobrin ▪ Abby Lampe ▪ Meriem Laroussi ▪ Morgan Malick ▪ Samuel McInnis ▪ NC State Formula SAE ▪ Shelby Neal ▪ Jim Pfaendtner ▪ Matt Pless ▪ David Ramsey ▪ Carla Savage ▪ Riddhiman Sherlekar ▪ Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries ▪ Ken Tate ▪ Taylor Wanbaugh ▪ Maggie Wilbanks ▪ Wolfspeed, Inc. ▪ Shuang Wu

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