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Spontak receives 2022 RJ Reynolds Award

Richard J. Spontak, Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) at North Carolina State University, received the 2022 R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Extension. At an award ceremony held in the Talley Student Center on NC State’s campus, he delivered a lecture titled “Water-Activated Materials to Mitigate Growing Global Challenges.”

College mourns loss of John Palmour

The College of Engineering notes with great sadness the death of John Palmour, an alumnus of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and founder of local companies Cree, Inc. and Wolfspeed. Palmour died on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. He was 62.
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Through its state-of-the-art facilities and advanced computer resources, MSE integrates education and research, giving our students opportunities to solve real-world problems in the classroom, field and laboratory settings. We boast six robust research areas with unique challenges and impacts:

  • Structural Materials
  • Soft and Biomaterials
  • Electronic, Optical, and Magnetic Materials
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Materials Characterization
  • Energy Materials

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Student Organizations: Choose from our department organizations or other College of Engineering student organizations to network with students and professionals outside the classroom.

Co-op Experience: Gain hands-on job experience through the Cooperative Education Program while pursuing your degree, and get paid for it.

Study Abroad: Engineer without borders. Many employers are looking for graduates with second languages and international exposure. Study Abroad introduces you to global engineering.


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