Historical Departmental Highlights

Winston Hall in 1910

Winston Hall was the first building primarily devoted to engineering activities; namely, electrical engineering, civil engineering, and the chemical department of the State Experiment Station.

The College name changed from the "North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts" to the "North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering."

Daniels Hall in 1926
Lucille Thomson became the first woman ever to enroll at NC State. She enrolled in electrical engineering.

The School of Engineering was formed, consisting of the Electrical Engineering Department, Civil Engineering Department, Physics Department, Textile Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

ECE Staff in 1938

Electrical Engineering curricula accredited.

The first African-American graduate students enrolled at North Carolina State. Hardy Liston (mechanical engineering) and Robert L. Clemons (electrical engineering).

The first African-American undergraduate students entered NC State; all were engineering students. Walter Holmes enrolled in mechanical engineering with an aerospace option, and Irwin Holmes, Manuel Crockett, and Edward Carson enrolled in electrical engineering.

Irwin Holmes; First African-American athlete at North Carolina State College, in track, 1957.

Robert L. Clemons became the first African American to receive a degree from NC State, when he received a professional degree in electrical engineering.

Irwin Holmes was the first African American to receive an undergraduate degree from NC State, when he received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.

Engineering research : two members of the research staff are shown observing siloscope [sic] and support electrical equipment, undated

Sarah A. Rajala joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty and became the first woman PhD faculty member to join the College of Engineering.

The Microelectronics Center for North Carolina was established at NC State.

The Electric Power Research Center was established.

Student Angela Skelton at the scanning electron microscope. 1974
The Power Semiconductor Research Center was established.

The Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines was established.

The Center for Advanced Computing and Communications (CACC) reformed from the former Center for Communications and Signal Processing, established in 1982.

Engineering Graduate Research Center building construction completed.

Engineering Graduate Research Center opens, shared by ECE and CSC. Partners I building construction complete.

Dr. Edward Grant's and Dr. John F. Muth's Modular Observation Crawler And Sensing Instrument (MOCASIn) robot - 1999
Ground is broken on Engineering Building II.

Engineering Building II completed; ECE moves out of Daniels Hall.

Engineering Graduate Research Center (EGRC) on Centennial Campus has been renamed the Larry K. Monteith Engineering Research Center (MRC), after the former Chancellor, former Dean of Engineering, and former ECE Head Dr. Larry K. Monteith.
First day of classes in EBII - 2004
NC State awarded $20M NSF Engineering Research Center - Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management Systems(FREEDM)

Department creates REES undergraduate concentration and graduate certificate. FREEDM moves into the newly created Keystone Science Center building on Centennial Campus.

Department creates Masters in EPSE degree program. President Obama presents Dr. Jay Baliga with the National Medal of Technology.

NC State awarded $18.5M NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST)

Department creates Minor in Nano-Science and Technology. Department creates first Online Open Course (OOC).