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Campus Box 7911
NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7911
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Marshall Brain

Director of Engineering Entrepreneurs Program

| Biography

Marshall Brain is most widely known as the founder of, an award-winning website that offers clear, objective and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world around us actually works. The site, which he created as a hobby in 1998 and took through several rounds of venture funding totaling approximately $8 million, was purchased for $250 million by Discovery Communications in 2007.

As a well-known public speaker with the ability to deliver complex material in a way that is easily understood by audiences of all types, Brain is a regular guest on radio and TV programs nationwide. He has been featured on everything CNN and Good Morning America to The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2008 and 2009, he was the host of the National Geographic channel's Factory Floor With Marshall Brain, a series of one-hour factory tours taking the viewer on a journey into the world of product design, engineering and manufacturing.

Brain is the author of more than a dozen books as well as a number of widely known web publications including How to Make a Million Dollars, Robotic Nation and Manna. His book The Teenager's Guide to the Real World is now in its tenth printing and was selected for the New York Public Library's prestigious "Books for the Teen Age" list. He frequently works with students at all levels to help them understand science and technology topics, entrepreneurship and how the world works.

Recent entrepreneurial activities include:

- Investor, Triangle Angel Partners

- Organizer, Triangle Startup Weekend 2012

- Advisor, NCSU Entrepreneurial Initiative Advisory board

- Mentor, several startups at NCSU and in the RTP area

Marshall Brain resides in Cary, NC with his wife, Leigh, and their four children.

| Education

  1. 1983 - BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, RPI, Troy, NY
  2. 1986 - MS in Computer Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

| Selected Publications

  1. Manna: Two Visions of Humanity's Future, BYG Publishing, (March 2012)
  2. The Meaning of Life, BYG Publishing, (March 2012)
  3. - Revolutionary Transportation system for NCSU
  4. Marshall Brain's How Stuff Works, John Wiley & Sons (September 2001),
  5. Marshall Brain's MORE How STUFF Works, John Wiley & Sons (October 2002)

| Awards and Honors

  • 2012 - NCSU Distinguished Engineering Alumnus