Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

1890s

  • 1893 First Electrical Engineering courses
  • 1894 Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering established

1900s

  • 1900 Degree in Electrical Engineering established

1910s

  • 1910 Winston Hall opens

    Winston Hall opens, housing civil, chemical, and electrical engineering courses. It was named for second college president George Tayloe Winston.

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  • 1917 Departments of Electrical Engineering and Physics established

    The Department of Electrical Engineering and Department of Physics were established when the Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering separated into two programs

1930s

  • 1937 Electrical Engineeering Department receives accreditation

    The Electrical Engineering Department is receives accreditation the Engineer's Council for Professional Development.

1950s

  • 1953 First Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering conferred
  • 1957 First African-American graduate

    Robert Clemons received a professional degree in Electrical Engineering (PREE), becoming the first African-American to graduate from NC State.

1960s

  • 5/1960 First African-American undergraduate degree conferred

    Irwin Holmes earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, making him the first African-American undergraduate to receive a degree at NC State. Further documentation of Irwin Holmes's life exists at DigitalNC.

1970s

  • 1975 First woman to receive Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering

    Alice Cline becomes the first women at NC State to receive a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.

1980s

  • 1981 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    The Department of Electrical Engineering is renamed the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

  • 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.

  • 1989 Electrical and Computer Engineering History

    George B. Hoadley, Edward G. Manning, and William J. Barclay write A Brief History of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering: College of Engineering, North Carolina State University. An updated version of it exists on the departmental website.

2000s

  • 2005 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering moves

    The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering moves from Daniels Hall to Engineering Building II on Centennial Campus.

  • 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.

2010s

  • 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.