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Kobi Felton ’18 Optimizes Engineering Science & Manufacturing

An innovator, a world traveler, an entrepreneur, a mentor, an artist, and more… the path Kobi Felton ‘18 has taken to his senior year in chemical engineering is not the typical route followed by most of his 10,000 fellow aspiring engineers at NC State.

Kelly Cunningham ’14 Studies Nuclear Radiation in Fukushima

When a tsunami was triggered off the coast of Japan in 2011 by an undersea 9.0 magnitude earthquake, five nuclear reactors in Fukushima were destroyed causing radiation to spill over onto the land. Some 300,000 people were evacuated and obvious comparisons to Chernobyl were rampant. Kelly Cunningham ’14, then a freshman Park Scholar with her eye on veterinary school, never once considered the possibility that in six years she would find herself at ground-zero, studying the effects of this deadly
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May Park Enrichment Grants Awarded

The Park Enrichment Grant committee made the following awards to Park Scholars who submitted proposals by the May 30 deadline:

Classmates Ben Darnell ’02 and Mark Voelker ’02 Emerge as Open Source Software Industry Leaders

College roommates and fellow computer science majors Ben Darnell ’02 and Mark Voelker ’02 recently crossed paths within the open source software industry. Longtime open source enthusiasts, both have established themselves as significant contributors in this realm: Darnell as co-founder and chief technology officer of startup Cockroach Labs, and Voelker as chief OpenStack architect at VMware, a publicly-traded global virtualization technology company.

Media Mentions

The following Park Scholars, alumni, and faculty received media attention in recent weeks:

Daniel Snyder ‘12 Strengthens Leadership through Spirituality and Sense of Adventure

While his undergraduate degree is in biological engineering, Daniel Snyder ‘12 has opted to pursue what he calls a “supremely unconventional (and unexpected)” career path. For the past four years, he has tested and grown his leadership skills by running Discipleship Training School programs throughout New Zealand and Southeast Asia.

Park Scholarships Welcomes Patricia Crane ‘02

Today, NC State’s Park Scholarships welcomed Patricia Crane ‘02 as the program’s development associate.

The Park Class of 2017: Highlights

This year, the Park Scholarships program proudly graduated the Class of 2017. From a pool of 1,642 applicants in the fall of 2012, the Park Selection Committee saw in these then-high school seniors their potential to excel as scholars, leaders, and in service to their communities. Indeed, the Park Class of 2017 has made a significant impact at NC State and elsewhere throughout the nation and world – from parks and natural spaces here in the Research Triangle, to the
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Park Scholarships Announces Class of 2021

The Park Scholarships program at North Carolina State University has named 39 students to its Class of 2021.

Krystal Smith ‘14 Fosters Unity through Dialogue and Relationships

Krystal Smith ‘14 is passionate in her pursuit for intentionality. She has spent the past few years working as university engagement director and director of special projects for the Veritas Forum, an organization committed to creating opportunities for college students and faculty to engage in meaningful conversations.