Thomas Cunningham

Robert Glass


MSMaterials Science and Engineering, 1974

BSMaterials Science and Engineering, 1971


Cunningham is a retired engineering manager for General Electric (GE). During his career, he served as a Lead Recruiter – GE Energy for over 20 years – recruiting more than 50 NC State engineering students for GE management and engineering programs. Through his volunteerism, he has served NC State University for more than two decades and demonstrated his passion for the College of Engineering through his support, time and resources. Cunningham has been a leader on the University’s committee for the distinguished Park Scholarships since its inception. The Park Scholarships program was created in 1996 through a generous gift from the Park Foundation and scholars are selected on the basis of their outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service and character. Cunningham has led the efforts of promoting this scholarship and recruiting students through innovative initiatives and annual events of which he has hosted many. He served as the Regional Selection Leader for the Sandhill Region and currently works closely along with the committee to create a community atmosphere for the scholars so that their impact can be demonstrated in society – both nationally and abroad. Cunningham and his wife, Mimi, have been long-time supporters of the College of Engineering. Their annual contributions help meet the College’s and University’s greatest priorities with optimal flexibility. Additionally, they established a planned gift in the College of Engineering and the Tom and Mimi Cunningham Academic Leadership Endowment, which is a scholarship that supports their mission of empowering undergraduate students through higher education.

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