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Fall/Winter 2021

Oct 28, 2021

Fall / Winter 2021 NC State Engineering Magazine

Welcome to the fall / winter 2021 online edition of the NC State Engineering alumni magazine. 

composite image of three works of art

Oct 28, 2021

To invent, design and build: Engineering students showcase their talents with 2021 Arts NC State Student Art Sale

Engineers are known for their abilities to invent, design and build complex concepts. While usually reserving their skills for machines, data systems and structures, seven engineering students showcased their artistic abilities through the virtual Arts NC State Student Art Sale. The College of Engineering was the second largest participant of the colleges and units at NC State.… 

Thank you postcard featuring photo of NC State belltower surrounded by green trees.

Oct 28, 2021

Foundation Year in Review

In line with other fundraising efforts across campus, the NC State Engineering Foundation, Inc. led the College in surpassing its $230 million Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign goal this year, with $250,010,197 raised to date. We are poised to raise $260-$270 million by campaign close on December 31, 2021. Fundraising totals to the College were… 

Oct 28, 2021

Spotlight: Young alumni advisory board adds five

New members Trevor Lawson Chemical Engineering, ‘13Financial Advisor, Capitol Financial SolutionsEvents Committee“I wanted to join the board to help continue growing our engineering network and to help promote the Foundation.” Sam Brohaugh Civil Engineering, ‘20Analyst, Kimley-Horn“I wanted to get involved in YAAB because I got so much out of the connections I built in the… 

Two workers dressed in full lab gear working at an industrial table.

Oct 28, 2021

From the board

The NC State Engineering Foundation, Inc. was established in 1944 to aid and promote, by financial assistance and otherwise, engineering education and research at NC State. A board of directors made up of alumni and friends of the College of Engineering works with the Foundation staff and the dean of engineering to set the Foundation’s agenda. The… 

Belltower and NC Flag

Oct 28, 2021

First-generation ECE graduate returns success

Growing up in a blue-collar family in eastern North Carolina, Maurice Partin thinks his parents knew the only way he’d get to college was with a scholarship. “They pushed me to do well in school,” he said. “And I guess it worked.” Partin graduated valedictorian from his high school, and he was the first in… 

Jed Tan (left) standing outside in white shirt and tie; Timothy Crawford (right) working in an industrial setting in white hardhat and orange coveralls.

Oct 28, 2021

Engineering Interest Circles connect students and alumni

College of Engineering alumni and students shared networking tips, information on research positions and more through a new program launched last year to help NC State engineers make lasting connections. The NC State Engineering Foundation and the College’s Engineer Your Experience (EYE) Program started Engineering Interest Circles (EICs) as a virtual program to connect students with alumni… 

Jim Ellen in white shirt and baseball hat with a body of water behind him.

Oct 28, 2021

Alumnus Jim Ellen and family create scholarship for students from eastern North Carolina

From a young age, S. James “Jim” Ellen, Jr. knew how to work hard — first on a farm, then as a carpenter’s assistant, and eventually as an entrepreneurial civil engineering student who went on to run his own companies. Ellen was the first of three brothers to graduate from NC State with a degree in… 

Jane and Johnny (’76) Fitch

Oct 28, 2021

Paving the way for adventures

For decades, Jane and Johnny (’76) Fitch each enjoyed successful careers that also allowed them to plan steadily for a future phase two of their lives: a retirement filled with travel adventures. Then, the COVID-19 global pandemic gripped the world and interrupted those adventures. The couple found themselves at home and thinking again about their…