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December 27, 2010
Dr. Orlin Velev's Work on "Artificial Leaves" is One of NC State's Research Highlights for 2010
hat’s wrong with real leaves? Nothing. But NC State researchers showed that water-gel-based solar devices – “artificial leaves” – can act like solar cells to produce electricity. The findings proved a concept for making solar cells that more closely mimic nature. They also have the potential to be less expensive and more environmentally friendly than the current standard-bearer: silicon-based solar cells.
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Artifical Leaves
December 23, 2010
Turner to be Department Head at UA
Dr. C. Heath Turner (Ph.D. '02) has been named interim head of the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at the University of Alabama.
Heath Turner
John Weidner photo
December 14, 2010
Weidner to be Chair of ChE at the University of South Carolina
Prof. John Weidner (Ph.D. '91) has been named as the new Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina. John previously served as the Associate Department Chair. We wish to extend a heartfelt congratulations to John!
December 13, 2010
Real Estate Part Gift/Part Sale is a “Win-Win” For Donor
Since graduating from NC State, Randy Jester (B.S. '75, M.S. '77) has enjoyed over thirty years of success in the plastics industry. His career has afforded him many exciting opportunities both professionally and personally, including international travel and the chance for him and his family to live in Germany for a while...
Randy Jester photo
Dennis Carroll and Melissa Speegle
December 3, 2010
Faculty Members Make Lasting Impression
Dr. C. Dennis Carroll (B.S. MED ’68 and M.Ed. ’71) recently created an endowed $5000/yr scholarship for undergraduate students in the Dept. of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. He and his wife, Melissa Speegle, wanted to provide a renewable scholarship to a rising junior so they could focus on their studies instead of working three jobs like Dennis did while he was a student at NC State. Dennis attributes his scholastic success at NC State to “the great professors who really cared”. In particular, chemistry professor Alonzo F. Coots acted as mentor and trusted counselor to the young farm boy from Johnston County. Not only did Dr. Coots teach Dennis physical chemistry, he also taught him to fly an airplane. “Dr. Coots had a tremendous influence in my life. He helped me to love learning and that has stayed with me throughout my career and into retirement” says Dennis. “Dr. Coots was extremely proud of his Professional Engineering certificate and I thought it fitting to choose a chemical engineering student to show my appreciation for all he did for me.” Dennis mentioned that mathematics education Prof. John R. Kolb was another faculty member who was instrumental in his success. “Dr. Kolb urged me to go on for a Ph.D. and even helped arrange for me to receive a fellowship at the George Peabody School of Education at Vanderbilt University. I am grateful for all I learned at NC State and I just wanted to help some deserving student get their degree.”
November 10, 2010
Research Nominated for Innovative Product of the Year Award by IChemE
Profs. Richard Spontak and Jan Genzer and their student Evren Ozcam are participating in a project that was nominated for the Innovative Product of the Year Award by IChemE in an international competition. The project, "High-Throughput/Efficiency Recycling and Post-Modification of PET: A Success Story in Adding Waste Value" is... sponsored by United Resource Recovery Corporation, a company founded by our own ChE alumnus Carlos Gutierrez (B.S. '60).
November 9, 2010
DeSimone Receives 2010 AAAS Mentor Award
Prof. Joe DeSimone has been selected to receive the 2010 AAAS Mentor Award, which recognizes AAAS members who have mentored significant numbers of students from underrepresented groups towards a Ph.D. Congratulations, Joe!
November 7, 2010
Awards and Recognition at AIChE Annual Meeting
The NC State students have won numerous awards at the 2010 AIChE Annual Student Conference in Salt Lake City, UT (based on the 2009-2010 Academic Year -- past 3 years for Student Chapter Advisor Award):
  bullet The NC State AIChE Student Chapter received the Outstanding Student Chapter Award (16 chapters selected nationally) - we have won an Outstanding Student Chapter Award 13 out of the last 15 years.
  bullet Lane Daley received the Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer National Scholarship Award (15 students selected nationally)
  bullet Jordan Keith received the Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence Award (one per chapter)
  bullet Brian Schuster received the Freshman Recognition Award (one per chapter)
We have 27 undergraduate students at the conference, along with Russ O'Dell as advisor and Adam Helsel as the liaison with the AIChE Eastern North Carolina Section. Russ O'Dell also received the Outstanding Student Chapter Advisor Award (one selected nationally).
AIChE logo
November 1, 2010
36th Annual Service Recognition Reception to Honor Harper and Yeung
The 36th Annual Service Recognition Reception will be held on Monday, November 1st at 2:00 p.m. inside the McKimmon Center. The Service Recognition Reception honors SPA and EPA employees who do not hold a faculty rank or SAAO (Senior Administrative and Academic Officer) status. Diane Harper (Administrative Support Associate) and Ching-Kit Yeung (Specialty Trades Technician) will be recognized for 20 and 25 years of service, respectively.
October 21, 2010
McClure Wins 2nd Place for ECS Poster
Ph.D. student Josh McClure (advised by Prof. Fedkiw) won second place in the student poster competition on October 11 at the Electrochemical Society Meeting. Josh's poster, titled "Non-noble metal graphene as oxygen reduction catalyst in portable alkaline fuel cells," was selected by a panel of judges from the 106 student posters submitted by U.S. and international research groups.
Joshua McClure photo
October 15, 2010
Jazmin Recognized as Outstanding College Graduate of the Year by AATCC
Lara Jazmin (B.S. '10) was recently recognized as the Outstanding College Graduate of the Year by AATCC (the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists). Lara was a double major in Chemical Engineering and Polymer & Color Chemistry. She is currently a PhD student in chemical engineering at Vanderbilt.
Lara Jazmin photo
Gigi Karmous-Edwards photo
October 5, 2010
Designs on a New Life
Gigi Karmous-Edwards (B.S. '85) was featured in the N&O for her innovative handbag designs (www.uvodesigns.com). She's also pursuing her doctorate while working as a research scientist at NC State. Just another example of how chemical engineers can do just about anything!
Jan Genzer photo
September 28, 2010
Genzer Receives the 2010 NC ACS Distinguished Speaker Award
The 2010 NC ACS Distinguished Speaker Award was presented to Prof. Jan Genzer at the Fall 2010 NC ACS Local Section Meeting for his seminal research in the formation, characterization, and use of controlled polymer surfaces.
September 25, 2010
Superstars of Engineering
Professors Carol Hall, Joe DeSimone, and Keith Gubbins are featured as "superstars" and members of the National Academy of Engineering in the most recent COE newsletter.
September 24, 2010
Velev's Lab: Mimicking Nature, Water-Based 'Artificial Leaf' Produces Electricity
A team led by a North Carolina State University researcher has shown that water-gel-based solar devices – "artificial leaves" – can act like solar cells to produce electricity. The findings prove the concept for making solar cells that more closely mimic nature. They also have the potential to be less expensive and more environmentally friendly than the current standard-bearer: silicon-based solar cells....
September 24, 2010
Li to Receive a CRE Division Student Travel Award
Graduate student Wenjun Li has been chosen by AIChE's Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division to receive a CRE Division Student Travel Award. Selection was based on his paper "Comparison of Fuel-Rich and Stoichiometric Premixed Toluene Flames" to be presented at AIChE's Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, November 5-11.
September 24, 2010
O'Dell to Receive AIChE 2010 Outstanding Student Chapter Advisor Award
Dr. Russ O'Dell (B.S. '75, Ph.D. '78) has been selected to receive the 2010 Outstanding Student Chapter Advisor Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. One Award is given annually by the AIChE, and it recognizes an individual's outstanding service and leadership in guiding the activities of an AIChE student chapter in accordance with AIChE principles. The major selection criterion is: Outstanding leadership as an advisor, particularly in creating enthusiasm and professionalism among the chapter members. Russ will receive the Award at the Student Chapter Brunch on Sunday, November 7 at the Annual Meeting of the AIChE.
Russ O'Dell photo
September 23, 2010
Crawford is the 2010 SCI Gordon E. Moore Winner
Dr. Emmett Crawford (B.S. '93) will receive the 2010 SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal for the invention of Eastman TritanTM Copolyester and leadership in the development and commercialization of this new family of engineering plastics...
Emmett Crawford photo
September 17, 2010
Hatem's Empire Foods to Open Plant in Halifax County, Create 200 Jobs
Raleigh developer Greg Hatem (B.S. '85) announced today that his company Empire Foods will open a new food processing facility in Halifax County and create 200 jobs over the next five years.
Greg Hatem photo
Kristen Roskov photo
September 12, 2010
Roskov to Present at National Textile Center Forum
Kristen Roskov, a CBE graduate student, has been selected from an internal competition held in the College of Textiles to be the student presenter from NC State at the National Textile Center Forum on September 12 in Greenville, SC. Kristen will present a paper "Surface Functionalization of Electrospun PET Fibers with Polymer Brushes" that she co-authored with Ali E. Ozcam, Jan Genzer and Richard J. Spontak.
September 10, 2010
CI (CyberInfrastructure) Days, Planned and Hosted by CBE's own Dr. Phil Westmoreland, is Big Success!
Some of the top minds in the world came together Tuesday and Wednesday at the University to discuss ways that cyberinfrastructure can be used to reach technological and intellectual goals. Among the guests was Dom Sagolla, co-creator of Twitter and the founder of DollarApp. The debate about cyberinfrastructure's growing role in society, Mr. Sagolla's keynote address, and several other lectures on various topics related to cyberinfrastructure were part of the CI Days, the first in the University's history, which was held at Talley Student Center the past two days...
September 10, 2010
CBE Well Represented at Last Week's Centennial Campus Challenge
CBE students Heidi Klumpe, Andrew Crothers, Brinda Monian, and Brian Schuster were on an 8-member student team called the "Intrepid Quadlings" who came in first in the Greatest Engineers Challenge (a competition designed to test your skill at solving... engineering type problems) and third in the Engineering Village Challenge (a competition on how many people stayed the night over the week).
September 9, 2010
Saad Khan to Receive R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Extension
Prof. Saad Khan has been selected as this year's recipient of the College of Engineering R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Extension. This is the most prestigious award that the College confers, and it is made for outstanding contributions to research, teaching, and extension.
Saad Khan photo
September 6, 2010
Arpan Mukherjee Receives a Best Poster Award at Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Program Review
CBE graduate student Arpan Mukherjee received a Best Poster Award at a recent annual program review of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) for his presentation entitled, "Whole genome transcriptional response of thermoacidophilic archaea to Uranium stress." Congratulations to Arpan and his co-authors Katherine ...Auernik, Yukari Maezato, Raghuveer Singh, Karl Dana, Paul Blum, and Robert Kelly (advisor).
August 27, 2010
George Williard Roberts (1938-2010) Memorial Service
Family, friends and colleagues gathered for a wonderful memorial celebration honoring and remembering the life of Prof. George W. Roberts on Friday, August 27, 2010 at 6:00 pm at the McKimmon Center. George was an exceptional department head, faculty member, teacher, advisor, mentor and friend who will be heartfeltly missed and remembered by all.
CEP Obituary
August 25, 2010
Faculty at Soft Matter Workshop in Berlin
Dr. Orlin Velev, Dr. Carol Hall, and Dr. Keith Gubbins attended a Soft Matter workshop in Berlin this summer. This photo was taken during a sightseeing trip on the Spree River. Shown (L-R) are Dr. Velev, his son Orlin Jr., his wife Anka, Dr. Hall, Dr. Gubbins, and their host Martin Schoen.
Faculty at Soft matter Workshop in Berlin
August 21, 2010
Keith Gubbins Selected as Rossini Lecturer
Prof. Keith Gubbins has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Rossini Lecture Award of the International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics, an arm of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, that brings together thermodynamicists, organizes projects in thermo, and has an international conference in thermo every two years. Previous winners of the Award include Ulrich Franck, Ken Pitzer, Gerhard Schneider, John Rowlinson, and John Prausnitz. So, you can see that Keith is in a select group of scientists whose contributions have had significant impact in thermodynamics. Keith will give his Award Lecture at the next international conference, which will be in Buzioz, Brazil, April 2012.
Westmoreland at 33rd International Combustion Symposium
August 20, 2010
Westmoreland at 33rd International Combustion Symposium
Prof. Phil Westmoreland recently presented his research in Beijing at the 33rd International Combustion Symposium, a scientific symposium held biennially by the Combustion Institute.
August 20, 2010
Sarah Finds Gainful Employment
Sarah Worden (B.S. '09) works in a petroleum services company as a field engineer in Mexico. She enjoys spending time outside problem solving and learning how to manage/interact with her crew and clients. Besides learning a new language and culture, they also let her drive the wagon!
Sarah Worden ('09)
August 18, 2010
Gregory Reeves Joines CBE Faculty
Prof. Gregory Reeves joins the Chemical & Biomolecular Faculty after a 3 year postdoctoral fellowship appointment working with Prof. Angelike Stathopoulos at the California Institute of Technology.
Gregory reeves photo
August 11, 2010
Bradley Competes in USCAA
Robert Bradley (B.S. '09) competed in the USCAA (United States Corporate Athletic Association) national track meet held in San Ramon CA for ExxonMobil. He earned bronze in the Distance Relay and bronze in the Sprint Relay. The Tiger on his jersey represents ExxonMobil's mascot (think "Put the Tiger in your tank" slogan of Exxon before the merger). Congratulations, Robert!
Robert Bradley photo
Chrisa Brookes photo
August 6, 2010
Brookes Recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine
Dr. Chisa Brookes (B.S. '02), a senior research engineer at ExxonMobil, has been recognized by Black Enterprise magazine as one of "40 Next Emerging Business Leaders." Chisa works with an energy industry group to commission $9.4 million in research on the impact of sound on marine life by scientists worldwide. Congratulations, Chisa!
August 2, 2010
Sevala has been Working at Harvard Medical School this Summer
CBE Senior Sindhu Sevala has been working at Harvard Medical School this summer in the lab of Professor Khalid Shah. Her project involves the use of genetically modified neural stem cells to express therapeutics that have the ability to local kill malignant brain tumor cells. Sindu will work at Harvard for the next two semesters and will graduate in summer 2011.
Sevala at Harvard
August 2, 2010
Spontak and Family at the World Cup
Prof. Richard Spontak and his family traveled to South Africa this summer. Here he is with his wife Josie and son Josh outside the soccer stadium in Port Elizabeth for the third place match of the World Cup between Germany and Uruguay.
Spontak and family at World Cup
July 28, 2010
Making an Impact
Results from Triangle Business Journal online polling has shown respondents overwhelmingly view NC State as the region’s top college or university when it comes to directly impacting the local economy.
BTEC researchers
July 27, 2010
DeSimone in the News: Humble Protein, Nanoparticles Tag-Team to Kill Cancer Cells
A normally benign protein found in the human body appears to be able – when paired with nanoparticles – to zero in on and kill certain cancer cells, without having to also load those particles with chemotherapy drugs...
Brittany Marchand photo
July 22, 2010
Marchand Ready to Join Wolfpack
Incoming chemical engineering freshman Brittany Marchand will join the Wolfpack women's golf team this fall. Brittany hails from Ontario, Canada.
July 20, 2010
Keystone Science Center Open House
The Keystone Science Center held a Grand Opening event on Tuesday, July 20, 2010. This building, located on Centennial Campus near EB1, has 72,000 square feet of laboratory and office space. This will be home to the NSF FREEDM Engineering Research Center (ERC) and a pilot plant for BTEC.
Keystone Centennial Science Center
Carol Hall and Keith gubbins in China
July 19, 2010
Hall and Gubbins in China
Dr. Carol Hall and Dr. Keith Gubbins recently attended a conference at Lake Taihu in Suzhou, China on "Properties and Phase Equilibria for Product and Process Design." This picture was taken before the conference banquet finale, which featured opera singers, acrobats, and an amazing fireworks display!
Students Win BBQ Sauce Award
July 16, 2010
Two Students Win Award for Prize Winning BBQ Sauce!
Two of our students (Eddie Osika and Matt Hudson), both food science minors, who recently won an award for prize winning BBQ sauce!
July 15, 2010
Lisa Bullard Receives ASEE Award
Dr. Lisa Bullard, teaching associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University, has received the 2010 Ray W. Fahien Award. The Chemical Engineering Division at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) presents the award annually to educators who have made contributions to chemical engineering education. Bullard has demonstrated outstanding teaching effectiveness as well as educational scholarship...
Lisa Bullard Photo
July 14, 2010
Keith Participates in MIT REU Program
Senior Jordan Keith (third from left) is taking part in MIT's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) this summer. He is working in the Laboratory for Computational Cell Biology and Biophysics, and his project focuses on computational image analysis and inverse modeling of DNA conformation.
Jordan Keith photo
July 12, 2010
Lisa Bullard Receives the 2010 Joseph J. Martin Award
Dr. Lisa Bullard received the 2010 Joseph J. Martin Award for the most outstanding paper presented in the Chemical Engineering Division at this year's ASEE Annual Meeting. The winning paper "Strategies for Creating and Sustaining a Departmental Culture” was coauthored by Lisa Bullard, Donald Visco of Tennessee Technological University, David Silverstein of the University of Kentucky, and Jason Keith of Michigan Technological University. The Award selection committee noted that this marks this first
Walker Burnette photo
July 12, 2010
Burnette Studies in Germany
Sophomore Walker Burnette studied abroad this summer in Freiburg, Germany. His class went on a two-week field study trip to the Balkans and Turkey, where they studied these countries' relationships with the European Union. Here Walker checks out the marketplace in Istanbul, Turkey!
July 8, 2010
College Announces Pride of the Wolfpack Award Recipients
The College of Engineering announces its “Pride of the Wolfpack Award” recipients for June 2009-March 2010. Recipients are listed with their academic department.
December 2009
Gwen Johnson - Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Gwen Johnson Photo
July 8, 2010
Barefoot in Italy for Study Abroad
Sophomore Madison Barefoot spent a month in Florence, Italy through Study Abroad sponsored by the University Scholars program. Here she is soaking up the sun in Capri, Italy!
Madison Barefoot photo
Logan Maxwell photo
July 2, 2010
Maxwell in New Zealand
Logan Maxwell, a rising sophomore in CBE, has been in New Zealand this summer taking a course called "Sustaining Human Societies and the Environment," a three and a half week course with students from universities all over the US.
Richard Felder Photo
June 24, 2010
Felder Honored by American Society for Engineering Education
Dr. Richard Felder, Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, received the ASEE ERM Division Distinguished Service Award as part of the Educational Research and Methods Division of the American Society for Engineering Education...
June 16, 2010
Esmeralda Luna-Ramos Featured on the New Cover of Eastman Chemical Company’s "Who We Are" Corporate Branding Pamphlet
Esmeralda Luna-Ramos (B.S. '09) is a process engineer in World Wide Engineering and Construction Division, Plant Design Group at Eastman Chemical Company. While at NCSU, Esmeralda was in the Caldwell Fellows Program and was the College of Engineering Faculty Senior Scholar in 2008-2009. She was awarded the Outstanding Senior Award in CBE for Citizenship and Service, and is a member of the Golden Chain Society.
Brochure Cover-Eastman Chemical Company
June 12, 2010
Graduate Student Awards at Scientific Conferences
  bullet Charlotte Cooper best poster American Society for Microbiology Annual Meeting, May 2010
  bullet Sara Arvidson best paper award Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center Meeting, May 2010
  bullet Ravish Malik best poster NC American Chemical Society Polymer Group, May 2010
  bullet Sara Arvidson 2nd place Oral presentation NC American Chemical Society Polymer Group, May 2010
Congratulations to Carlotte, Sara, and Ravi and their advisors Professors Kelly, Khan, and Hall, respectively, for the recognition of their outstanding work. Well done!
May 12, 2010
Invited Biofuel Review in Angewandte Chemie
Prof. Phillip Westmoreland is one of the authors of a major invited review of biofuels and biofuel chemistry based largely on his flame team's experimental findings at the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab...
Cover of Angewandte Chemie
May 12, 2010
Davis Honored by COE as an Outstanding Senior
Raleigh Davis (B.S. '10) was one of five students who received Outstanding Senior Awards at the 2010 Engineers' Council Annual Awards Banquet on May 3. His award was for Scholarly Achievement. The banquet also featured the induction of the 2010-2011 officers of the next Engineers' Council, the representative assembly for the engineering undergraduate student body at NC State, including Jennifer Gowen (CBE) who will serves as the Vice-President.
Outstanding Seniors
CBE Future Submariners
May 7, 2010
NC State Engineering Students Among the First Women to Serve on Submarines
Two North Carolina State University engineering students will be among the first women ever to serve on US submarines. Karen Achtyl (B.S. '10) and Megan Bittner (B.S. '10), chemical engineering majors and members of NC State’s Naval ROTC program, will begin training for their submarine positions after graduating magna cum laude from NC State on May 15. The Navy on April 29 announced a policy change that allows women to serve on submarines...
May 5, 2010
Velev is the Recipient of the 2010 Alcoa Foundation Distinguished Engineering Research Award
The Award is given by the College of Engineering based on outstanding research achievements during the preceding three years. The Award was presented to Prof. Orlin Velev by the Dean at the College of Engineering Spring Faculty Meeting on Monday, May 10th.
May 3, 2010
Seniors Recognized at the COE Engineering Senior Awards Banquet
Congratulations to four of our seniors who were recognized tonight at the COE Engineering Senior Awards Banquet. The CBE departmental senior award winners, shown in the attached photo, were (L-R) Kendall Fitzgerald (Leadership), Elizabeth Butler (Citizenship and Service), Raleigh Davis (Scholarly Achievement), and Lara Jazmin (Humanities).

Raleigh was also recognized as the College level winner for Scholarly Achievement. All of these students are outstanding representatives of our department -- please join me in congratulating them! Their names have be added to the permanent plaque in the student lounge listing the Engineering Senior award winners since 2001.
Senior Awards 2010
May 3, 2010
College of Engineering Awards for Excellence 2010
The College of Engineering at North Carolina State University has recognized Shirley Kow, department of chemical and biomolecular engineering; Mazie Lewis, College of Engineering academic affairs; and Ali Stieglitz, department of chemical and biomolecular engineering as the winners of the 2010 Awards for Excellence.
Award of Excellence Winners
George Roberts Photo
April 23, 2010
College Remembers Dr. George W. Roberts, Professor Emeritus and Former Department Head
Dr. George W. Roberts, professor emeritus of chemical and biomolecular engineering and department head emeritus of chemical and biomolecular engineering, died April 5 in Raleigh at age 71 after succumbing to a short illness. He will be remembered for his 21 years of extraordinary service to the department as an excellent teacher, researcher and administrator...
March 23, 2010
17th Annual ISPE CASA Life Sciences Technology Show
The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering Carolina-South Atlantic Chapter will be sponsoring the 17th Annual ISPE CASA Life Sciences Technology Show on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at the RBC Center. The event is free for all pre-registered attendees.
March 17, 2010
DeSimone Receives American Chemical Society Honor
Dr. Joseph DeSimone, a North Carolina State University chemical engineer and UNC-Chapel Hill chemist, has been honored by the American Chemical Society for his outstanding contributions to chemistry research. DeSimone received the Harrison Howe Award, named for one of the founders of the society’s Rochester section. Howe was the founding editor of Chemical and Engineering News and a champion of industrial research and development. The award recognizes early career researchers who have the potential for further exceptional achievements. Forty percent of its winners have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize in chemistry...
Harrison Howe
February 25, 2010
Senior Navy Leader Receives Black Engineer of the Year Award
The assistant deputy chief of naval operations for manpower, personnel, training and education, received the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Professional Achievement Feb. 20 at a conference which hosted more than 2,000 attendees. The award was presented to Steffanie Easter as part of the 24th annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Conference held in recognition of African-Americans who have made distinctive contributions in STEM-related fields.
Stefano Easter photo
February 8, 2010
Richard Felder to be Honored by University of Illinois
Dr. Richard M. Felder, the Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for his contributions to engineering and science education. ...
February 1, 2010
Dickey Receives NSF Career Award
Dr. Michael Dickey has received a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award start date is April 1, 2010, and it is estimated to last through March 31, 2015. The award, known as the NSF Career Award, is one of the highest honors given by NSF to early-career faculty in science and engineering. To date, NSF has committed $400,000 in funding to support Dickey's research project entitled, "Understanding and Controlling the Surface Properties of a Micromoldable Liquid Metal." The project involves research to identify the surface properties of a micromoldable liquid metal, a gallium-based fluid with a low viscosity at room temperature. It forms a thin, solid 'skin' of oxide that allows the metal to be micromolded into shapes such as wires and antennas that may be useful for flexible electronics. The research will explore the fundamental properties of this surface and identify means of manipulating, modifying, and tuning it to form functional electronics with surface-dictated properties. For this project, new surface sensitive techniques will be developed and used to thoroughly characterize the unique properties of the skin of oxide on the liquid metal.
Michael Dickey photo
January 22, 2010
Engineering Career Fair Set for February 3rd
What: The College of Engineering at North Carolina State University holds its biannual Career Fair, one of the largest career fairs in the nation for engineering students. Media coverage is invited.

Who: The Engineering Career Fair brings thousands of bright engineering students together with top employers looking to network and fill internships and jobs. More than 170 companies and government agencies are scheduled to attend. Previous Career Fairs have drawn job seekers from colleges across North Carolina and from states as far away as New York and Texas...