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Chancellor Randy Woodson interviews NC State alumna and NASA astronaut Christina Koch on stage in Stewart Theatre.

Oct 26, 2023

Do what scares you, says astronaut alumna

Kierra Shook, a rising senior from Bryson City, North Carolina, wasn’t scared to walk up to NASA astronaut Christina Koch and introduce her fellow aerospace engineering students to NC State’s featured guest at Chancellor Randy Woodson’s 14th annual fall address. She wasn’t intimidated the first time she ever met Koch, either, while spending a co-op year… 

Alberto Quiroga wearing his red graduation cap and holding a green and white airplane directional road sign.

Jun 6, 2023

Young alumni spotlight: Alberto Quiroga

Alberto Quiroga’s path to NC State University was not a straightforward one. During high school, he was a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill fan set on attending the United States Air Force Academy. 

Kierra Shook. Behind her are the United States flag on the left and NASA's flag on the right.

Feb 16, 2023

Aerospace engineering student realizes childhood dream with NASA

The University Honors Program (UHP) interviews Kierra Shook about her 2022 internships with NASA. 

From left to right: John O., Mary E., John F., and Penny Higdon.

Oct 5, 2022

Aerospace engineering alumnus gives in honor of family

The Caldwell Fellows program is pleased to celebrate the recent gift from John F. and Penny Higdon, of Matthews, North Carolina. John is an ‘86 Aerospace Engineering alumnus and Caldwell Fellow. He currently serves as the Director of Product Engineering at the Merit Bass Company and serves as the Mayor of Matthews, North Carolina.  

Trent Kingery, shown with a T-38N supersonic jet, which NASA uses to flight-train astronauts.

Aug 12, 2022

Astronaut scholar and alumnus honored for his aviation career

Growing up in Spartanburg, SC, and then Forest City, NC, Trent Kingery knew two things: that he wanted to serve in the military like his father and grandfathers and that he would love to study in Raleigh. 

Aerial view of Long-EZ aircraft displayed on Centennial Campus.

May 20, 2022

Long-EZ Aircraft donation to increase teaching, learning options

Walter Grantz’ passion for flying led him to building his own Long-EZ aircraft — a tandem two-seater with a swept main wing with root leading-edge strakes and winglets, foam-fiberglass sandwich composite structure and a “canard” front wing that makes the plane stall resistant. Powered by a Lycoming O-235 engine, he completed the aircraft in 1991. 

Solteria Ross poses in graduation gown in front of Hunt Library.

May 4, 2022

Senior Solteria Ross gives herself grace

Solteria Ross, who graduates this May with a B.S. in aerospace engineering and minors in English and women’s and gender studies, has enjoyed her classes, internships and experiences learning about one of her earliest passions, space. But dance, which she started at 3 years old, is what has kept her grounded during her years at NC State. 

Student working on senior design project.

Apr 22, 2022

MAE senior design week 2022

Each year, seniors from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering participate in their respective Senior Design Courses, in which students design, manufacture and build a variety of senior design projects. 

James Reardon

Jan 9, 2020

Meet James Reardon

Meet James Reardon who studied abroad at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.