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A Conversation with Dr. Billy Flowers

Park Faculty Scholar Class of 2021   By Lauren Caddick ’14 If you aren’t an animal science student, you’re not likely to make your way to this southern corner of North Carolina State University – a far ways past the swaths of co-ed development and campus enterprises.    Veering right onto Lake Wheeler Rd from the busy Tryon Rd, the landscape’s shift is startling: what was previously an awkward intersection, shaded by oak trees with cars streaming from a Food
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Ashley Lawson ’18 Brings ‘Meet My Future’ to Rural North Carolina Schools

Some people search their whole lives for a true calling. It is clear to anyone who meets Ashley Lawson ’18 that she has quite possibly found hers. Lawson is engaged with teaching not only on a practical level but also with theory and research. She was awarded this month the NCCTM Outstanding Mathematics Education Student Award, an award given by the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Each college and university with a teacher education program may nominate one
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Steven Mazur ’13 Triumphantly Takes On Television’s Savviest Sharks

Steven Mazur, Park Scholar in the Class of 2013 and alumnus of NC State’s College of Engineering, appeared on ABC’s “Shark Tank” on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT. “Shark Tank”, the critically­-acclaimed reality show that has reinvigorated entrepreneurship in America, has also become a culturally defining series. The recipient of the 2016, 2015 and 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program, the business-­themed show returns to the ABC Television Network for its ninth season. The Sharks ­­– tough,
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Michael McKnight ’12 and NCSU’s ASSIST Center Revolutionize Prosthetic Limb Technology

When Michael McKnight ‘12 outlines the fundamentals of his research in layman’s terms, it is evident that the path he has chosen for himself is not for the faint of heart: “What I am doing is 40% electrical engineering, 20% textile science, some percent material science, and then some percentage of biomedical engineering to be able to understand how to design for implementation.”

Dani Winter ’18 Innovates Water Treatment & the Twitter-verse

How do you capture the interest of researchers all over the country in 140 characters or less? Danielle Winter ‘18, a senior majoring in biological engineering, would be happy to demonstrate.

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: