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Claire Shigekawa Rennhack ’08 Crafts a Career in the Emerald City

As most creative types will attest, art-making is an iterative process requiring close study and a willingness to adjust and blend ideas. Likewise, Claire Shigekawa Rennhack ‘08 has sculpted her academic and professional journey over time, ultimately discovering her niche at the intersection of engineering and architecture.

Art and Science: Liv Adams ‘16 Practices Svadhyaya and Systems Engineering

Fast cars and yoga, on the surface at least, represent two different lifestyles—but Liv Adams ‘16 has struck a unique balance between these two worlds. A certified yoga instructor, Adams recently relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area to begin her engineering career at Tesla, Inc.

Park Scholars Host Inaugural Gerald H. Elkan Distinguished Lecture in Science and Society Featuring Marc Edwards

North Carolina State University’s Park Scholarships Class of 2019 hosted the program’s inaugural Gerald H. Elkan Distinguished Lecture in Science and Society, featuring MacArthur Fellow and water quality engineer Dr. Marc Edwards, on Tuesday, March 21 from 5:30-6:30 pm. The lecture, entitled “Truth Seeking by the Lights of Perverted Science: Exposing the Flint Water Disaster,” was held in the Hunt Library Duke Energy Hall, and a reception immediately followed. Both the lecture and reception were free and open to the public. Those
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Daniel Hoag ‘03 Walks the Cutting Edge of Computer Technology

With hundreds of millions of users and one of the most iconic – and quirkily mercurial – logos, Google is among the world’s most familiar companies. Yet while many of us turn to Google search for information daily, few know its behind-the-scenes intricacies as well as Daniel Hoag ‘03. A software engineer at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., he has dabbled in several of the company’s key initiatives.

From Tinker Toys to Nuclear Reactors to Fiber Optics: Korey Hite ‘08 Pursues Passion for Mechanical Engineering

Korey Hite has always enjoyed taking things apart to see how they work. As a young child he once unscrewed the timer from his family’s game of Scattergories to examine the springs and gears inside. His investigations became increasingly sophisticated as he grew older. An aficionado of Tinker Toys, Legos, Erector sets, and the video game Rollercoaster Tycoon, Hite became adept at not only disassembling objects and understanding their functionality, but improving on their design. So it was no surprise
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Minimizing “Dirty Smoke”: Richard Ezike ‘05 Shifts Gears from Engineering to Policy

Richard “Memie” Ezike ‘05 can trace his interests in environmentalism and the public good back to a specific moment in his childhood. One day when he was 7 years old, he watched as a tractor trailer rumbled through the apartment complex where he lived in Johnson City, Tenn., spewing black smoke from its exhaust tailpipe. Contemplating the negative effects this “dirty smoke” had on the air he and his neighbors were breathing, Ezike knew he wanted to do something to
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Ryan Thompson ‘06 Combines Work, Play, and Environmental Sustainability at Patagonia

As a high school student looking ahead to college, Ryan Thompson ‘06 planned to major in either mechanical or biomedical engineering. Upon touring the NC State campus, however, he happened upon the College of Textiles. There he learned about opportunities for integrating engineering applications with his passion for getting out into nature.

Dr. Shelly (Strickland) Lowery ‘04 Combines Healthcare Expertise and Hometown Pride

As a young college student who shadowed physicians while in high school, Shelly (Strickland) Lowery ‘04 was initially uncertain whether she wanted to pursue a career in medicine. She opted to double major in biomedical and biological engineering at NC State, believing these fields to be the best match for her love of mathematics and science as well as her tentative interest in medicine.

Veronica Brumbaugh ’04 Helps Katie Nagley ’16 Make Career Connections

For many Park Scholars, a key benefit of being part of this program community is having access to now 16 classes of alumni who are eager to offer advice regarding careers and graduate study. The Park Scholarships intranet, SPIFFY, is one forum through which alumni share job and internship leads and where scholars of all classes can make professional connections.

Toilet Reinventer BJ Ward ‘09 Travels the World in Pursuit of Renewable Energy

Imagine a toilet that uses concentrated sunlight to heat up human waste to temperatures upwards of 300°C and turn it into sterilized charcoal. As unconventional as it might sound, this “Sol-Char Toilet” was the basis of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded project on which BJ Ward ‘09 spent most of her first year as a professional research associate with the University of Colorado (CU-Boulder).