College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

1920s

  • 6/7/1927 First degrees conferred to women

    The first degrees are conferred to women at NC State. Recipients are Jane McKimmon, B.S. in business administration; Charlotte Nelson, B.S. in education; and Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough, M.S. in chemistry. Yarbrough was the first female graduate to have completed all coursework while at NC State, and she went on to become the first woman to earn a master's degree at NC State.

  • DefaultCharlotte Ruth Nelson portrait

1950s

  • 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.

  • 9/5/1953 Nuclear reactor goes into operation

    The R-1 reactor was the first non-government-run nuclear reactor in the world and the first designed, built, and operated by an academic institution. Design and construction had begun in 1950. It was the first of four reactors operated at NC State. More information on the nuclear reactor program can be found on the departmental website.

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  • 5/23/1955 Burlington Nuclear Laboratories dedicated

    The Burlington Nuclear Laboratories building is dedicated; located within the building is the first non-government-run nuclear reactor.

  • DefaultBurlington Nuclear Laboratories, the focus of nuclear activities on the North Carolina State College campus

1960s

  • 7/1/1960 School of Physical Science and Applied Mathematics established
  • 1960 Arthur Clayton Menius, Jr.

    Menius becomes the first dean of the School of Physical Science and Applied Mathematics (later renamed Physical and Mathematical Sciences). He serves in the position until 1981. He had previously been head of the Dept. of Physics.

  • DefaultDean Arthur C. Menius portrait
  • 4/19/1968 Riddick Stadium demolished

    A majority of Riddick Stadium is demolished to make room for more parking on campus. SAS Hall now stands on the site Riddick Stadium once occupied.

  • DefaultFamed figures from Riddick Stadium's colorful past at ceremony marking the end of the 50-year-old structure
  • 1969 School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

    The School of Physical Sciences and Applied Mathematics (PSAM) is renamed the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (PAMS).

1980s

  • 1980 State Climate Office of North Carolina relocates

    The State Climate Office of North Carolina finds a permanent home in PAMS. The office had been established as part of the UNC System in 1976, and was primarily housed at UNC-Chapel Hill. Since moving to NC State, the office has grown into the primary source for North Carolina weather and climate information and for climate-related research, education and extension services.

  • 1981 Garrett Briggs becomes PAMS Dean

    Geology professor Garrett Briggs is named the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences' second dean. Briggs served until 1988, leaving NC State to serve as president of Peace College until his retirement from academics in 1998.

  • 1983 PAMS Foundation established

    The North Carolina State University Physical and Mathematical Science Foundation, more commonly known as the PAMS Foundation, is established. The mission of the foundation, which has grown its endowment from $245,000 to more than $10 million, is to “promote the educational, research and service programs of the College … through personal advocacy … and by securing private funding for priority programs.”

  • 1987 Schools become Colleges

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

  • 1988 Department of Computer Science transferred

    The Department of Computer Science is transferred from the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences to the College of Engineering.

  • 1988 Jerry Whitten becomes PAMS's third dean

    Chemistry professor Jerry Whitten becomes PAMS's third dean.

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1990s

  • 1991 PAMS establishes The Science House

    PAMS establishes The Science House to provide hands-on science opportunities to K-12 students. Today, The Science House is a national model for the interaction of university science departments and K-12 students and teachers. Through its main office on Centennial Campus, five satellite offices throughout the state, and its online presence, The Science House annually impacts 5,000 teachers and 35,000 students across North Carolina and beyond.

  • 1999 First Realizing Possibilities event

    PAMS hosts its first Realizing Possibilities event. This annual event offers members of the College community a chance to thank those teachers, donors and others who have helped them succeed through their generosity, leadership and commitment to the advancement of the physical and mathematical sciences.

  • 1999 College History

    Jasper Memory wrote History of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, 1960-1999. A print edition exists in the library.

2000s

  • 2000 Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry relocated

    Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry relocated from the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

  • 2000 Daniel L. Solomon becomes fourth dean of PAMS

    Statistics professor Daniel L. Solomon is named the fourth dean of the College.

  • 2001 Paul Roelle awarded Ph.D.

    Paul Roelle was awarded a Ph.D. He had previously earned a Master of Science degree (1996). He later became a colonel in the U.S. Air Force and one of the top weather forecasters of that military branch.

  • 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.

  • 2005 First Scope Academy

    The College hosts its first Scope Acadamy. Originally known as Alumni and Friends Weekend, the event provides an opportunity for fans of the sciences as well as alumni, friends, faculty and students of PAMS to connect with each other and the College while learning about the latest advances in our disciplines. In less than five years, the program has become the premier science education outreach program at NC State.

2010s

  • 7/1/2013 College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences superceded by College of Sciences