Celebration of Graduates

ECE Commencement Ceremony

Regrettably, as we react to the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have had to make the disappointing decision to postpone the Spring 2020 ECE Commencement Ceremony that was to be held in Reynolds Coliseum. The University intends to still hold a graduation commencement ceremony at a later date, and the ECE department will participate fully in those exercises. 

ECE Celebration of Graduates

We’re looking forward to recognizing our graduating students as they celebrate this step of their academic journey and prepare to move forward to the next phase of their lives.

While walking down the aisle of Reynolds Coliseum is currently not possible, we’re pleased to host a Celebration of Graduates virtually on the former date of the ECE Commencement Ceremony. This live event will be broadcast to you, your families, and friends via the NC State YouTube account at 1pm on May 7, 2020.

The Celebration of Graduates will feature ECE Faculty and Staff, with graduating senior Ashley Robbins as a student speaker and ECE Advisory Board member and Synopsys’ Corporate Applications Engineering Director Jonathan White (M.S. CPE 1992).

If you have any questions, please email ece-graduation@ncsu.edu.

Jonathan White

Director, Corporate Applications Engineering, Synopsys Corporation

Jonathan is a CAE Director for Synopsys Corp out of their RTP, NC office. He leads a worldwide team focused on the Synopsys design tools for the backend flow and physical layout. His 20+ years in EDA (Electronic Design Automation) began with work as a software developer, and has included various R&D management, business development and marketing roles. His expertise is primarily in Physical Verification, Place & Route and Floorplanning and includes two patented EDA algorithms. In addition to his R&D work, Jonathan is passionate about recruiting, hiring and mentoring new college hires at Synopsys, and is the lead for the relationship between Synopsys and NC State.

Jonathan received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University in 1991 and his MS in Computer Engineering in North Carolina State University in 1994.

Ashley Robbins

B.S. Renewable Electric Energy Systems, 2020

Ashley Robbins is graduating from Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Renewable Electric Energy Systems this May. While at NC State, she has been a member of the ECE Student Ambassadors and served as the secretary. She has also been involved with theta tau, co-ed engineering fraternity, worked as a tour guide at Hunt library, and interned with Graphic Packaging International. For her senior design project, her team is working with All We Are nonprofit to create a low-cost security system for implementation in rural Uganda to secure their electrical devices and deter theft. She and her team had the opportunity to visit Uganda over their spring break and were able to successfully test their system in the field.

After graduation, Ashley will work part-time at E2D nonprofit organization in Davidson before starting to work full time at Eaton Corporation in Arden, NC as a Technical Support Engineer. 

Past Graduation Ceremonies

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