Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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1893 First electrical engineering courses offered
1894 Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering established


1900 Degree in electrical engineering established


1910 Winston Hall opened

Winston Hall opened and housed 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.


1937 Electrical Engineeering Department receives accreditation

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


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.

1958 Taiwanese graduate students enrolled

Graduate students Shing-Gong Liu and Jui-Ming Lee of Taiwan both enrolled in the electrical engineering program.

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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.


1975 First woman received PhD in electrical engineering

Alice Cline became the first woman at NC State to receive a PhD in electrical engineering.


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.


2005 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering moves

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering moves from 111 Lampe Drive 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.


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.