NCSU gifted $1 million for engineering professorship

February 21, 2005
The Ross W. Lampe Family of Smithfield has pledged $1 million to create an endowed professorship in electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University.

The Lampe family has many ties to the College of Engineering and the university. Ross W. Lampe Jr., president of SMD Software Inc., is a 1977 graduate who received his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. He currently serves on the NCSU Engineering Foundation Inc. Board of Directors.

His father, Ross W. Lampe Sr., president of Guy C. Lee Manufacturing Co., is also a graduate of NCSU, having received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1951. Ross Sr. is the son of J. Harold Lampe, who served as dean of the College of Engineering from 1945 to 1962 and was involved in the early planning of Research Triangle Park.