Congratulations Class of 2007

June 08, 2007

Spring 2007 ECE Graduation
Spring 2007 ECE Graduation

We salute you Graduates of 2007 and we applaud your achievements! Friday, May 11, 2007 was a day of great celebration and pride for many ECE students, families and friends. You, ECE graduates, are among the best and the brightest this university has educated. We hope you leave NC State with a sense of great accomplishment and great affection for your time spent here. We also hope you will continue your relationship with this department and come back to campus often to participate in events and share your experiences here with others that you meet.

Wes Covell, an ECE alumni from the Class of 1984, was the featured speaker this year.  Mr. Covell delivered words of great inspiration through his speech this day.

Mr. Covell is division vice president of Engineering for the Government Communications Systems Division (GCSD) at Harris, reporting to the division president. GCSD develops and produces advanced communications and information systems for the Department of Defense and other government agencies and their prime contractors. Prior to being named to his current position, Mr. Covell was corporate vice president of Technology and Government Segments Growth Programs. Previously, he was vice president of Engineering for GCSD's Department of Defense (DoD) Programs business unit. He joined Harris in 1990 as a lead engineer. Before joining Harris, Mr. Covell was a communications systems engineer for The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Mr. Covell has a B.S.E.E. degree from North Carolina State University and an M.S.E.E. degree from The Johns Hopkins University. 

Spring 2007 ECE Graduation - Wes Covell
Spring 2007 ECE Graduation - Wes Covell

He is also a graduate of the Mahler Advanced Management Skills Program.

Mr. Covell is a member of the IEEE, the University of Central Florida School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Industry Advi­sory Board, and the North Carolina State University School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Industry Advisory Board. He is on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida, Brevard County.Harris Corporation is an international communications technology company focused on providing assured communications products, systems, and services for government and commercial customers in more than 150 countries. The company's operating divisions serve markets for government communications, RF communications, broadcast communications, and microwave communications.

This was a year where student feedback became action plans for this department. We installed ECE student feedback boxes in all of our buildings. A game room was funded in EBII so students on Centennial Campus have a place to relax and talk with other students and faculty. An ECE Arts Committee was formed and the first ECE Art Contest was held. Many requests from students resulted in our first student graduation speaker. This goes to show that your input does make a difference!

ECE is also proud of our first student graduation speaker, Joy Johnson. Joy has been accepted into graduate school at MIT. Joy had many accomplishments while a student here in the ECE department such as: Vice President of National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE); Co-Founder of Community Solutions in Technology Expansion, a community service organization with fellow Park Scholars to aid schools and non-profit agencies in the use of technology to more efficiently serve their target populations and eventually expand that population; Editor of Nubian Message.

Spring 2007 ECE Graduation - Joy Johnson
Spring 2007 ECE Graduation - Joy Johnson

Joy also received many honors and awards while she was a student here in the ECE department including:

  • GEM Masters Fellowship Recipient [2006]
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society
  • Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honors Society
  • Eta Kappa Nu ECE Honors Society
  • Roy H. Park Scholar
  • Dean's List [every semester]
  • NCSU Honors Program
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Recipient
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

This year's class was comprised of 219 graduates. There were sixty-three undergraduates who received a dual degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. Twenty-seven students received a Computer Engineering degree and fifty-four students received an Electrical Engineering Degree.

Spring 2007 ECE Graduation
Spring 2007 ECE Graduation

The following awards were given to many of our outstanding undergraduate students in the ECE department

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty Senior Scholar Nominee: Ryan Michael Field
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Leadership Award: Ryan Michael Field
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Humanities Award: Jared Scott Everett
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Scholarly Achievement Award: Amit Manmohan Lakhani
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Service and Citizenship Award: Ryan Michael Field
  • Outstanding Electrical Engineering Senior Award: Ryan Michael Field, Benjamin Erik Gaddy, Amit Manmohan Lakhani, Matthew Joseph Lenzo, Daniel Francis Patrick
  • Outstanding Computer Engineering Senior Award: Brandon Cranford Hussey, Joshua Allen Willis, Thomas Edward Setz
  • Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering Senior Award: Weston Ryan Boyd, David Lyall Brown, Alan Gelancz Graham, Shaunak Joshi, John Wade Kelly, Thomas Rorie Mason, Michael Alan Oakley, Jason Andrew Poovey, Paul Steven Sheeran, Charles Eugene Suslowicz, David Dean Thornton, Stephen David Herr

The graduate class was comprised of 17 PhD's, 26 MS-EE's, 22 MS-CPE's and 8 MS-C's.

ECE Graduation Webpage

ECE Graduation Photogallery

Again, Congratulations to All!!!!