College of Engineering

College of Engineering


1906 Department of Civil Engineering established


1923 School of Engineering established
1923 Engineering Experiment Station established

The station was established as "the research agency in engineering" to support extension work for the School of Engineering. The station was intended to address engineering issues of local state and regional concern. H.B. Shaw became its first director.

1923 Wallace Carl Riddick, First Engineering Dean

Riddick steps down as the university president to become the first dean of the School of Engineering. He serves in that position until 1937.

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5/2/1930 Industrial Engineering curriculum established

Curriculum in industrial engineering is announced, with the first courses to be offered in the fall of 1930

9/1935 Consolidation of engineering programs

The process of consolidating State College's and UNC-Chapel Hill's engineering programs into one program at State College begins.

1937 Blake Ragsdale Van Leer becomes dean

He serves in the position until 1942.

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7/1/1938 Consolidation of Engineering Program

The Consolidated University (NC State, UNC, and Woman's College) consolidates all engineering programs at NC State. Engineering faculty and $40,000 worth of equipment are transferred from UNC to NC State.


9/13/1940 First work study program

State College's first work study program begins for Engineering students, with approximately twenty students employed.

1941 First female Engineering graduate

Katharine Stinson becomes the first woman to graduate from NC State's School of Engineering. Stinson received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree, Aeronautical Option. Stinson was taking flying lessons at the old Raleigh Airport on US-401 when Amelia Earhart flew in for a visit in the early 1930s. When Stinson told Earhart that she wanted to become a pilot, Earhart advised her to become an engineer, a career Stinson pursued in spite of obstacles that ... More

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1942 First Architectural Engineering female graudate

Margery Belle Garriss becomes the first woman to graduate in Architectural Engineering.

1942 L. L. Vaughn, Acting Dean

Vaughn serves as acting dean of the School of Engineering from 1942 to 1945 .

4/17/1942 Special summer courses

The faculty approve a plan to hold fall engineering classes in the summer as part of a nationwide war effort to accelerate graduation at technical schools for the benefit of the war effort.

4/24/1942 Higher women enrollment sought

Increased enrollment by women needed in engineering courses; urgent appeals are made as the male students leave to fight in the war.

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10/1/1943 Engineering fellowships for women

Eighteen young women win a fellowship of $1,425 from Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, which will employ them as engineering aides after they complete a 48-week course offered by State College.

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4/1945 John Lampe becomes Engineering dean

John Harold Lampe becomes Dean of the School of Engineering. During his time at NC State, Lampe oversaw the expansion of the engineering program as it became one of the largest in the country, while also facilitating the addition of new instructional and research programs, especially nuclear engineering. Lampe retired from NC State in 1962.

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1946 Minerals Research Laboratory opens

The Minerals Research Laboratory opens in Asheville, North Carolina. The Laboratory was initially created as a collaboration between the Tennessee Valley Authority, who provided equipment and funds, and the Division of Mineral Resources of the North Carolina Department of Conservation and Development, who provided the building. State Geologist and NC State professor Jasper L. Stuckey was involved in securing the initial contract for the Laboratory and served as its founding Director.

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3/1/1946 Diesel Engineering graduate program established

After receiving a loan of $2,000,000 worth of diesel engines from the U.S. Navy, the College of Engineering is able to launch a graduate program in Diesel Engineering.

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1949 Female faculty increases

Twenty-two women are listed on the faculty, most at the instructor or laboratory technician level. Departments with more than one female member include English (six), Statistics (three), Textiles (three), and Modern Languages (two). Women are also on the faculty in Architecture, Agricultural Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies, Chemistry, Engineering, Research, and Agronomy.


4/27/1951 Dedication of Riddick Laboratory

Over 200 citizens gather for a ceremony at the newly-opened Riddick Laboratory. The lab building, constructed for $1,300,000, is dedicated to Dr. Wallace Carl Riddick, NC State's first Dean of Engineering, and the university's fourth president.

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1952 LeRoy Martin awarded Master of Engineering Mathematics degree

LeRoy Martin was awarded a Master of Engineering Mathematics degree. He later helped to establish the computer science program at NC State.

1953 First African American Graduate Students Admitted

State College admits two African American graduate students into the School of Engineering: Robert Clemons and Hardy Liston. Clemons became the college's first black graduate; Liston later withdrew and didn't complete his degree.

1954 School of Engineering takes over Asheville Minerals Research Laboratory

In 1950, the TVA announced that due to budget restrictions it would be required to discontinue support of the Minerals Research Laboratory. The TVA agreed to give the State of North Carolina the equipment in the laboratory “if the State would continue to operate the Laboratory for the benefit of the mineral producers in the area.” Governor William B. Umstead determined that the Minerals Research Laboratory should become “a function of State College,” and in 1954, ... More

1955 Industrial Experiment Program established

The North Carolina General Assembly provided support for the establishment of the Industrial Experiment Program, a service which expanded upon existing extension services in the School of Engineering to provide technical information to small industries. The program was designed to encourage new industry for the state and to increase utilization of the state’s natural resources.

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8/1956 Electronic analog computer

Students working on spinner rocket project with a Goodyear Electronic Differential analyzer, a type of electronic analog computer, August 1956.

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1960 Department of Physics relocated

The Department of Physics moves from the School of Engineering to become a founding department in the new School of Physical Science and Applied Mathematics.

1960 Industrial Experiment Program becomes Industrial Extension Service

Financial support for engineering extension doubled under North Carolina’s State Technical Services Act and the Public Works and Economic Development Act, and the Industrial Experiment Program changed its name to the Industrial Extension Service to give it a title more indicative of its function. The School of Engineering continued its extension classes in industrial centers in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point, and frequently offered upper level and graduate course work at the centers.

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1961 Anna Clyde Fraker becomes first woman to earn engineering master's degree at NCSU

Anna Clyde Fraker, a native of Greenville, TN, with a B.S. in Chemistry from Furman University ('57), became the first woman to receive an advanced degree in engineering at NC State when she received her master's degree in metallurgical engineering in the Department of Mineral Industries.

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1962 Ralph Fadum becomes dean of the School of Engineering

He serves in the position until 1978.

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4/7/1962 Mercury space capsule displayed

A Mercury space capsule, on loan from NASA, is one of the exhibits displayed at the annual Engineers' Fair.

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1966 National Science Foundation grant

NC State received its first NSF grant to create a science development plan in order to strengthen faculties in the biosciences; support materials, mechanics and electrotechnics in engineering; and support the social sciences.

July 1967 Anna Clyde Fraker becomes first woman to receive a doctorate in ceramic engineering (and in the College of Engineering) at NCSU

Dr. Fraker began her career at NC State's Department of Engineering Research, where she contributed to biomaterials engineering research. Her research focused on surgical implant materials, seeking to find a material that was compatible with the chemistry of the human body but would not corrode. In her later work at the National Bureau of Standards and Technology (NIST), Dr. Fraker's research led to the development of standards for implant materials.


1974 Rajendra Pachauri awarded doctorate

Rajendra Pachauri was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree. He had previously earned a Master of Science degree in 1972. Later, in 2007, he shared the Nobel Peace Prize.

8/1975 First African American Ph.D. in the College of Engineering

Hubert Winston became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from the College of Engineering. His field of study was chemical engineering.

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1975 First African American Faculty Member in the College of Engineering

Hubert Winston became the first African American faculty member in the College of Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering.

1978 Larry K. Monteith becomes dean

He serves in the position until he is named interim chancellor in 1989.

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1983 Calvin H. Carter, Jr., awarded doctorate

Calvin H. Carter, Jr., was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree. He had previously earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1977 and a Master of Science degree in 1980. He later became co-founder of Cree, Inc., and was a 2002 recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

1987 Cree established

Cree, the world's first manufacturer of energy-saving blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs), is established, after it arose out of a process developed by Calvin H. Carter, Jr., and other former students of Robert Davis.

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1987 Schools become Colleges

Eight of the university's academic schools are redesignated as colleges.

1989 First College of Engineering African American woman faculty member

Christine Grant (Chemical Engineering) becomes the first African American woman faculty member appointed in the College of Engineering.

1989 James K. Ferrell, Interim Dean

Ferrell serves as interim dean until 1991.


1991 Wilbur L. Meier Jr. becomes dean

He serves in the position until 1993.

1993 Tildon H. Glissom, Interim Dean

Glissom serves as interim dean from until 1994.

1995 Ralph K. Cavin III becomes dean

He serves in the position until 1995.

1996 John G. Gilligan, Interim Dean
1996 Nino A. Masnari becomes dean

He serves in the position until 2006.

1997 A campus street is named after Katharine Stinson

Katharine Stinson, the first woman to graduate from NC State's School of Engineering, has a street named after her. Katharine Stinson Drive, formerly North Yarbrough Drive, is one of the longest streets on campus.

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2003 Women in Science and Engineering program established

The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program is established with 56 freshman women with majors in PAMS and the College of Engineering. As of 2009, this "living and learning village" has a full complement of 256 women majoring in five colleges across campus, and a high school chapter has been established at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.

2006 Louis Martin-Vega becomes dean
2008 FREEDM Systems Center created

NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems is established to will develop technology that revolutionizes the power grid and speeds energy produced from solar panels, wind farms, fuel cells and other renewable sources into homes and businesses.


2012 College of Engineering Celebrated 125 Years

The college celebrated its 125th anniversary, along with the university. More historical information on the college can be found in a timeline and list of college firsts on their website.

9/5/2012 ASSIST Center established

The NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) was established to create self-powered devices to help people monitor their health and understand how the surrounding environment affects it. With both the ASSIST and FREEDM centers, NC State become the only university with two NSF engineering research centers.


2020 Fitts-Woolard Hall opens

Fitts-Woolard Hall is NC State’s 225,000-square-foot engineering innovation building. Fitts-Woolard Hall brings the College of Engineering together on Centennial Campus by serving as the home for the dean’s administration; the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering; and the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and System Engineering.