Alumni In the News
This Is What Science Looks Like at NC State: Scott Vu,
7.6.2016 NC State News features a post by ECE double-degree alumnus Scott Vu, the CEO of a NC State spin-out company, RiboWiz Scientific. The post is an entry in an ongoing series that that highlights the diversity of researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
ECE alumnus receives 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award,
6.21.2016 Jeffrey A. Joines, associate department head of undergraduate studies in the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry, and Science honored with North Carolina's 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award. Joines is Class of 1990 alumnus in Electrical Engineering.
UNC System Double Grad Aims for the Stars,
3.26.2016 The UNC System features astronaut Christina Hammock Koch, a double-graduate of ECE (BS
EE 2001, MS EE 2002) as a notable example of excellence across the University of North Carolina System.
Midlands people and achievements: Paul
V. Fant, Sr., 2.24.2016 Paul V. Fant Sr. was honored as the United Way of the Midlands 2015
Humanitarian of the Year. Fant is president of Fant Consulting LLC and serves as Dominion Carolina Gas Transmission’s
senior executive consultant.
as a Fellow of IEEE, 2.11.2016 Dr. Laura Bottomley, director of the Women in Engineering
program and The Engineering Place in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, has been elected
as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
NASA's Newest Astronauts
Complete Training, 7.9.2015 Christina Hammock (BS EE 2001, MS EE 2002) calls Jacksonville,
North Carolina, home. Hammock holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from North Carolina State University in
Raleigh. She currently is serving as National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Station Chief in American Samoa.
Silicon Valley profiles ECE Alum Erin Summers, 7.7.2015 Erin Summers (BS EE/CPE 2006) is a
software engineer at Facebook on the Android Mobile Ads team. She cofounded and spearheads "wogrammer", an online
blog that highlights the achievements of women engineers.
@wogrammer profiles ECE Alum Joy
Johnson, 7.6.2015 Joy Johnson's (BS EE/CPE 2007) first experience with engineering was in
undergrad at North Carolina State University, where she tested out all types of engineering during her freshman year.
She found herself drawn to Electrical and Computer Engineering, since the projects just kept getting more
interesting... She is now the VP of mobile at AudioCommon, Inc.
NC State Solar House gets a new
life, 10.26.2014 ECE Alumna Dr. Laura Bottomley is working to ramp up The Engineering
Place's usefulness in terms of what it can do for the general public, K-12 teachers and their students and interested
NC State researchers.
Bottomley named ASEE Fellow,
5.16.2014. ECE Alumna Dr. Laura Bottomley, director of the Women in Engineering program and The
Engineering Place in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, has been named to the American
Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Academy of Fellows."
2014 Black Engineer of the Year Award Winners,
5.8.2014. ECE Alumna Tashika Hussey ('04), an Advanced Technical Leadership Program Sr at
Lockheed Martin received the Modern-Day Technology Leader award at the 2014 BEYA STEM conference. "These awardees are
bright women and men who are shaping the future of engineering, science, and technology."
They Now: NC State University’s Kyle Lunsford, 2.25.2014. "The NC State EcoCAR 2 Team had
very few members when Kyle Lunsford first joined. Kyle stood out on the team due to his double major in both
mechanical and electrical engineering. Today, Kyle is a Machine Design and Automation Engineer at TE Connectivity.
He also serves as a local aid to the NCSU EcoCAR 2 team. Kyle Lunsford, engineering, featured."
Computing: Transforming Cities,, 10.08.2013. "You may not be able to toss out a definition
of cloud computing, but chances are you’re an everyday expert in the technology. Doug Cox is Vice President of
Smarter Cities Software for IBM. Cox holds a Master of Computer Engineering from North Carolina State
Entigral Announces New Board
Members,, 9.05.2013. "Entigral announced the addition of four new members to its Board of
Directors, including Olin Giles, who received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Physics from NC State
ECE Alumni Honored by SIGGRAPH 2013
Awards, 8.23.2013. "J. Turner Whitted, PhD in Electrical Engineering, class of 1978, and
Mary Whitton, Masters of Electrical Engineering, class of 1984, have been honored by the SIGGRAPH 2013
scientist lands astronaut dream job, 6.18.2013. "At her job as a Science Technician at the
US Science base Summit Station in Greenland, Christina Hammock braved the brutal cold temperatures walking to one of
the remote science labs. Christina Hammock of Jacksonville, an alumna of NC State University, has been named one of
eight selected to join NASA’s Astronaut Class of 2013."
Announces Dr. Arthur Morris Named an IEEE Fellow, 6.18.2013. "Dr. Arthur S. Morris has been
named an IEEE Fellow by the IEEE Board of Directors for his significant contributions to the field of radio frequency
(RF) engineering. Arthur S. Morris, electrical & computer engineering, featured."
NASA Selects 2013 Astronaut Candidate
Class, 6.18.2013. "After an extensive year-and-a-half search, NASA has a new group of
potential astronauts who will help the agency push the boundaries of exploration and travel to new destinations in
the solar system. Christina M. Hammock, alumni of the Department of Eletrical and Computer Engineering,
A world away, but right at
home, 11.13.2012. "After more than three decades of innovative work in the US and Turkey,
two NC State engineering alumni reconnect with their alma mater in Istanbul."
science teacher connects students with lessons, 3.4.2012. "Of all the props one might employ
when striving to interest young girls in science, Laura Bottomley prefers a shoe. The black Air Jordan with hot pink
laces that she borrowed from a shocked tween at the Raleigh Girls Club this week was an apt engineering example in a
room where most of the 30 assembled girls play basketball."
Transportation group names
Bottomley Woman of the Year, 2.22.2012. "Dr. Laura Bottomley, director of the Engineering
Place outreach program at North Carolina State University, has been named the 2011 Woman of the Year by the NC
Triangle Chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS)."
IDEA Fund Partners invests
in 'cloud' security firm launched by NCSU graduates, 2.22.2012. "Distil, a startup focused
on providing security for web content, has $400,000 in the bank from three investors. Based in Falls Church, Va.,
Distil was launched by a quartet of entrepreneurs, including three graduates of N.C. State University. Rami Essaid,
the chief executive officer, Engin Akyol (an ECE graduate), the vice president of engineering, and Andrew Stein, vice
president of development, attended NCSU. Stein worked on the ECE Webteam for 5 years as a web developer before
engineer from N.C. State University rebuild Libya?, 11.3.2011. "When Abdurrahim el-Keib was
a graduate student at N.C. State University, like many a future political figure he kept late hours, toiling night
after night to put his lofty thoughts into inspiring words that might incite future generations to action. And the
tall, poised exile from Libya eventually completed his manifesto. The crowd-rousing title? "Capacitive Compensation
Planning and Operation for Primary Distribution Feeders.""
Libya's New PM Balances Various
Demands, 11.1.2011. "A U.S.-educated engineering professor with little political experience
is Libya's new prime minister, a choice that suggests the country's interim rulers may be trying to find a government
leader palatable both to the West and to Libyans who distrust anyone connected to the former regime."
Obama calls for 10,000 more engineers for competitive edge, 6.15.2011. "President Barrack
Obama announced an initiative to train an additional 10,000 engineers to boost competitiveness in innovation during a
speech in Durham on Monday. According to the president, a strong economy depends on innovation and manufacturing
stateside. "Breakthroughs…have the potential to create new jobs in other sectors of the economy as well," Obama said
while discussing the chain effect of engineering new technologies."
company finds niche in TV antennas, 5.9.2011. "Buff started antenna research for the
military as he earned a doctorate in electrical engineering at N.C. State University. That work evolved into
GreenWave, which he founded in 2006. [...] GreenWave's antennas send and receive broadband signals, helping improve
communications with massive vehicles and robots in the field. Some of the work is essentially electronic warfare,
with jammers that block radio-controlled roadside bombs. One antenna is built into a huge mud flap."
Alumni give back – one résumé
critique at a time, 2.16.2011. "'We thought it would be great to have alumni share how to
get hired in today's market,' said Rob Manning, an electrical engineering alumnus and executive vice president of
power system operations at the Tennessee Valley Authority. Manning and other engineering alumni helped students
prepare for the fair as part of the annual Engineers' Day (E-Day) activities at NC State. This year, for the first
time, the event featured a panel of alumni who answered questions, conducted mock interviews with students and
reviewed their résumés. Alumni from other NC State colleges who work in human resources positions rounded out the
have the right to remain silent, 2.10.2011. "And although Milind Kulkarni, an Associate
Professor of Purdue University in Electrical and Computer Engineering, answered correctly his wage was not large
enough to come back for a second day. Kulkarni played as a contestant on the game show Jeopardy! this night, February
10th, 2011. [...] He held a double major in computer science and computer engineering achieving his Bachelor of
Science degree from North Carolina State University."
63 Northrop Grumman
Employees Honored at Women of Color in Technology STEM Conference, 11.1.2010. "Latesha
Young, test equipment asset management and metrology systems project manager for the company's Aerospace Systems
sector in Redondo Beach, Ca., was honored with the Educational Leadership award. An engineer specializing in software
and database development, she has supported a wide range of software development projects. [...]She earned her
bachelor's of science degree in computer engineering from North Carolina State University."
CEO Who Cares:
Bill Dean of M.C. Dean, 8.13.2010. "'M.C. Dean, Inc. is more than an engineering and
technology company; we are corporate citizens who believe in contributing to the greater good, not only through our
core competencies and service offerings, but also by how we give back to the communities where we work and serve,'
Dean said. Following the creation of the M.C. Dean Foundation, Dean has led his company to able to support more than
40 nonprofit organizations worldwide."
Wireless industry veteran Christopher K. Horne becomes chief technical officer at LBA Group
Inc., 8.2.2010. "Telecommunications industry innovator LBA Group Inc. has named Christopher
K. Horne, PhD, its chief technical officer. He will officially join the Greenville firm on Aug. 2. Horne, a
registered professional engineer, comes to LBA after 5 years as wireless communications manager at North State
Communications in his native High Point, N.C. Horne actually is returning to LBA, having been a project engineer in
the company's radio frequency safety program 15 years ago shortly after earning his bachelor of mathematics degree
from N.C. State University. The 43-year-old Horne went on to earn a master of electrical engineering degree from N.C.
State and to become RF senior engineer at AT&T Wireless in Greensboro."
Millionaire Entrepreneur Anand lal Shimpi of AnandTech.com, 5.1.2010. "Anand lal Shimpi has
founded his website Business AnandTech.com at the age of 15 years. It is the Technology website having the annual ad
revenue of more than US $ 1.5 Million. Anand Lal Shimpi is an American businessman who was born June 26, 1982 to
Indian and Iranian parents. He is currently CEO of the tech website AnandTech, which he started in 1997. He is a
graduate of Enloe High School and North Carolina State University with a degree in Computer Engineering. AnandTech
grew from a small GeoCities website in 1997 to a 50 million page view per month publication as of July
Building a Synthetic Brain,
11.3.2009. "For electrical engineer Alice Parker '70, '75 PHD, simulating the machine on your
shoulders is more complicated than building the latest computer chip."
CEO of ArcLight Wireless to
Speak, 9.30.2009. "Doug is currently the CEO and a co-founder of ArcLight Wireless, Inc., a
leader in areas of wireless device & wireless network development. ArcLight's home office is located in Research
Triangle Park, NC and provides engineering services to Fortune Global 100 companies. Doug continues to remain
passionate about technology focused entrepreneurship and is presently working with other entrepreneurs to develop
additional areas of business interest."
Presidential Award for
Excellence, 7.10.2009. "The White House has announced today, July 10, 2009, that Dr. Laura
Bottomley, director of K-12 Engineering Outreach Programs at North Carolina State University, has won a Presidential
Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring."
College of Engineering at NC State
Names Outstanding Alumni, 11.7.2008. "Wingo received his master's degree in computer
engineering from NC State in 1992. He is a technology entrepreneur who has used his business acumen to found several
successful companies. He is currently president and chief executive officer of Morrisville-based ChannelAdvisor
Corp., which enables leading online retailers to maximize their product exposure across multiple e-commerce channels
such as eBay, Google, Amazon.com and Overstock.com. The company managed more than $2.7 billion in gross merchandise
value on behalf of its customers in 2007, up almost 70 percent from the previous year. He also co-founded and sold
Stingray Software and AuctionRover.com. "
Engineering alumnus forges successful
publishing career, 10.9.2008. "Leonard Habas knows his professional trajectory is unusual.
The NC State electrical engineering alumnus drew on his engineering background to build a successful and varied
business career. 'The discipline that you get from engineering, graduating from NC State, allowed me to educate
myself in an area that I wasn't formally trained,' said Habas, a 1966 graduate of the College."
Silicon Valley Trip Brings Together
Entrepreneurial Alumni, Students, 4.1.2008. "They are Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, and NC
State engineering and business students spent spring break learning about what makes them tick. The students headed
to California's Bay Area as part of the Engineering Entrepreneurs Program (EEP), which immerses students in a
business environment where they roll out startup companies and products. The program sends a group of students to
Silicon Valley each year to chat up successful alumni and soak in the West Coast culture that has spawned some of the
world's most influential companies. Visits to Apple, Google and Facebook were part of this year's
Holmes completes the circle at NC State, 2.28.2007. "In 1955, three black undergraduate
students sued for and won the right to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Frasier v. the Board
of Trustees of the University of North Carolina. The decision applied to the entire Consolidated University of North
Carolina school system and meant that African-Americans now had the legal right to attend universities previously
closed to them."
Engineering Entrepreneurs Program
Offers Unique Twist on Engineering Traditions, 10.30.2002. "One former student, Donald
(Donnie) J. Barnes (CSC '95), retired from Red Hat as a millionaire at age 27. Engineering student entrepreneurs
Bill Nussey (EE '87) and Chris Evans created DaVinci Systems — one of the world's leading email products — at a time
when NC State was emerging as a power in information technology. They later sold the company for $6.65 million.
Evans sold Accipter, which he founded, for more than $50 million. Scot Wingo (MS CPE '92) credits his success to
Miller's Entrepreneurs Program. He cofounded and sold Stingray Software then cofounded AuctionRover.com, which sold
for $166 million."