Congratulations Spring Class of 2015!

Welcome Family and Friends of our ECE Graduating Students!
On Friday May 8, 2015 at 10 AM in the McKimmon Center, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering welcomes family and friends of our Spring 2015 graduates. We will be celebrating the dedication and commitment of our graduating doctoral, master, and bachelor degree students as they carry forward a tradition of excellence, accomplishment, and life-long learning.

Commencement Address:
Dr. Laura J. Bottomley is the Director of the Women in Engineering program and The Engineering Place in the College of Engineering at NC State. Laura graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS and MS in electrical engineering. She spent two years at AT&T Bell Laboratories before returning to school at NC State for her PhD in electrical and computer engineering. At Duke University, she began her work in K-12 outreach while teaching undergraduate and graduate electrical engineering courses. She has consulted with Lockheed Martin, IBM, MCNC and others before eventually originating her current position in the Office of Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering at NC State in 1997.

Founder of the K-12 Outreach program in 1999, Laura is responsible for the oversight of The Engineering Place and its strategic operations. She is also a frequent creative contributor to program content. She holds primary responsibility for funding, operation, and personnel. She also directs the Women in Engineering program, advises students, and teaches the E 101 Introduction to Engineering and Problem-Solving class for first-year students. She holds a joint appointment with the College of Education and teaches ELM 340, a required class in engineering for elementary education majors. In addition, Laura is a Teaching Associate Professor with Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Laura was inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women for her work in empowering women within the engineering community. In 2000, she was among NC State's College of Engineering representatives as it received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). In 2009, she received an individual PAESMEM for her mentoring and outreach efforts with the Women in Engineering and K-12 Outreach Programs. She was named one of NC State's 125 Transformational Women in 2013 and to the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Academy of Fellows in 2014. Also in 2014, she began work on a National Academy of Engineering committee charged with guiding the implementation of K-12 engineering.

Student Speaker:
Ms. Kelsey Akiko Mills, from College Station, TX, is graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. She is the recipient of the ECE Senior Award for Leadership.

During her time at NC State, Kelsey has been involved in many aspects of student life. She is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, a University Ambassador, and an Engineering Ambassador. She is a charter member of the Theta Theta chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta and served as their first Chief Administrative Officer. She was a group tutor for Organic Chemistry with the Undergraduate Tutorial Center. She was also heavily involved with Student Government and served as a College of Engineering Student Senator, Legislative Secretary, Chair for the Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Senate President Pro Tempore, and finally as the Student Senate President.

Kelsey was a recipient of three College of Engineering endowed scholarships and was honored to be chosen as the student speaker for the Engineering Foundation's Endowment Dinner in 2014. She was selected as a 2013 Leader of the Pack Finalist and chosen for the New Senator of the Year, Senator of the Year, and Committee of the Year awards with Student Government.

Kelsey worked as a Test Engineering co-op with EMC2 and has served as an Engineering Program Director for the National Student Leadership Conference for the past three years. Upon graduating, she will spend one last summer with the National Student Leadership Conference starting their inaugural engineering program at Yale University before joining Metlife in August as an Application Developer in Cary, NC.

The ECE Department will livestream* the Spring Class of 2015 Graduation Ceremony at 10:00 am on Friday, May 8, 2015.
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Commencement Notes

Date: Friday, May 8, 2015

Time: 10:00 am

Jane S. McKimmon Center
NC State Campus

Commencement Address:
Dr. Laura J. Bottomley

Student Speaker:
Ms. Kelsey Akiko Mills


From I-40 traveling east from airport:

- Take Gorman Street Exit #295.
- Turn left onto Gorman Street.
- Cross Avent Ferry Road
- McKimmon Center is on the right just after passing Marcom Street.

From I-40 traveling west:

- Take Gorman Street Exit #295.
- Turn right onto Gorman Street.
- Cross Avent Ferry Road
- McKimmon Center is on the right just after passing Marcom Street.

Special Accommodations

Guests requiring accommodation for a disability or any assistive devices or services to participate in this activity, please contact:

Whitney Edmister
Phone: 919-515-5086