Alumni In the News

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.
ExitEvent kicks off Q&A column with serial entrepreneur and ChannelAdvisor CEO Scot Wingo, 6.4.2014. At the age of 27 Scot Wingo was the CEO of his own company, living the entrepreneurial dream. After getting an undergrad degree from the University of South Carolina and a master's from NC State in Computer Engineering, he went to work for a software startup in Connecticut."
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."
Raleigh-based Valencell’s technology powers new wave of wearable fitness products, 3.3.2014. "Technology startup Valencell saw the potential of high-tech, wearable devices aimed at the fitness market years before the rest of us, long before “wearables” become a tech buzzword. Co-founder and president Steven LeBoeuf has a doctorate in electrical engineering from NC State."
NCSU spinoff finds success in Kickstarter campaign, 3.3.2014. "Mohu, a Raleigh-based startup, grew out of research that founder Mark Buff was working on at NC State as a defense contractor."
Where Are 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."
Ingersoll Rand Shares Employee Engagement Successes at Keep America Beautiful Conference, 2.3.2014. "Ingersoll Rand’s Gretchen Digby is panelist for plenary session, “Corporate Perspectives: Building Effective Relationships.” Gretchen holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from NC State University."
Cloud 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 University."
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 University."
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 Awards."
NC State grad selected as new NASA astronaut, 6.19.2013. "Christina Hammock is realizing a dream she has had since she was a 6-year-old growing up on the North Carolina coast."
N.C. 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."
WiSpry 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, featured."
Maxwell Technologies Appoints John Warwick Chief Operating Officer – CW15 – OMAHA, 6.4.2013. "Maxwell Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MXWL) announced today that it has appointed John J. Warwick to the position of chief operating officer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from NC State University."
SWITCH Lighting Appoints EC Sykes As Chief Executive Officer, 4.3.2013. "SWITCH ® Lighting, makers of the only liquid-cooled LED replacement A-Lamps in true 40W, 60W, and 75W equivalents, announced the appointment of EC Sykes as its Chief Executive Officer."
Tülay Adali Receives the 2013 University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Award for Excellence in Research Scholarship and Creative Activity, 3.28.2013. "Tülay Adali, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and an Alumni of the NC State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received the 2013 University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Award for Excellence in Research Scholarship and Creative Activity."
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."
Douglas Carroll Salon's Jbat Boutique to Host Uvo Luxury Handbag Trunk Show, 3.21.2012. "Douglas Carroll Salon, a nationally and internationally recognized salon in the beauty industry, has announced that its Jbat Boutique will host a trunk show showcasing Uvo Luxury designer handbags on Thursday, March 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 6325-27 Falls of Neuse Road."
Raleigh 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 co-founding Distil."
Can an 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."
Scrappy local 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 group. "
You 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."
Teen 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 2005."
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 itinerary."
Irwin 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."