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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:

Park Scholarships Welcomes Patricia Crane ‘02

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

Park Scholar Media Mentions

The following Park Scholars and alumni received media coverage over the past couple of months:

Gerald Elkan Aids Hundreds of Park Scholars in Pursuing High-Impact Experiences

NC State faculty have played a critical role in the Park Scholarships program since its inception 20 years ago, but few faculty members have been involved with the program as heavily or in as many ways as Dr. Gerald H. Elkan, professor emeritus of microbiology.

Park Scholar Media Mentions

The following Park Scholars and Park Scholar initiatives have received media attention in recent weeks:

Park Scholar Media Mentions

Several Park Scholars have received media attention in recent months for their work on entrepreneurial initiatives and causes ranging from medicine to girls’ empowerment, the environment, and affordable housing. Read on to learn how they’re positively impacting their communities.

Josh Christie ‘02 Recognized for Professional and Community Contributions

Josh Christie ‘02 currently serves as Vice President of Engineering for ChannelAdvisor, a global software company headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C. that provides cloud-based e-commerce solutions for retailers and manufacturers to manage and optimize their sales across online channels such as Amazon. He recently received a 2015 Triangle Business Journal 40 Under 40 Leadership Award. These awards recognize outstanding professionals under the age of 40 for their contributions to their organizations and to the community.

Ricky Bloomfield ‘02 Affords Megan McNeil ‘17 Insight into Careers in Medicine

Ricky Bloomfield’s undergraduate academic pursuits at NC State could point to any number of careers. With majors in chemistry and secondary education and minors in Spanish and saxophone performance, Bloomfield ’02 used his time as a Park Scholar to academically explore far and wide.

Director of Development Kelleigh Smith Focuses on Park Scholarships’ Fundraising Goals

On January 26, Kelleigh Smith joined NC State’s University Advancement team as director of development with a special focus on advancing the fundraising goals of both the Park Scholarships and Caldwell Fellows programs. Smith will provide direction for both programs’ comprehensive fundraising efforts, and is responsible for attracting major gifts from alumni, friends, industry, private foundations, and other philanthropic partners.