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An Apple Tree Grows in the Park Community

The Park Scholarships prepares scholars for a variety of paths in life. Sometimes, though, those paths overlap. Currently, four Park alumni from different classes have at least one thing in common: they all work for Apple. Discover how the Park Scholarships helped prepare them for their different roles at a groundbreaking and innovative company. Ricky Bloomfield ’02 Start date: November 2016 Title: Clinical & Health Informatics Lead Projects/main responsibilities: Health Records feature Veterans Affairs initiative “I wasn’t sure what I
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A Dream Takes Flight

Madison Maloney ’19 aspires to follow friend and mentor Christina Hammock Koch into space. Thanks to a prestigious Knight-Hennessy Scholarship, the NC State senior begins graduate studies in astronautics at Stanford this fall. When aerospace engineering major Madison Maloney was planning spring break of her freshman year at NC State, she decided to take a chance: She sent an email to her hero and inspiration, NASA astronaut and NC State alumna Christina Hammock Koch. Maloney was wondering whether, if she
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Brain Power

Ziad Ali ’19 aims to combine electrical engineering and neuroscience to treat disorders such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s. The NC State senior heads to California in the fall to pursue a Ph.D. at Stanford thanks to a Knight-Hennessy Scholarship. Like a lot of graduating seniors at NC State, Ziad Ali is looking to the future — but not just to commencement or his first job after college. He knows what he wants to accomplish decades from now, by the end
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Two Park Scholars receive the Astronaut Scholarship

Ziad Ali ’19 and Madison Maloney ’19 are recipients of a 2018-2019 Astronaut Scholarship. Awarded to 50 scholars from 36 universities across the nation, the Astronaut Scholarship was established to aid the United States in retaining its world leadership in technology and innovation by supporting the very best and brightest scholars in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while commemorating the legacy of America’s pioneering astronauts. Both students are Park Scholars in the Class of 2019, but they have carved individual paths
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Launching a career in aerospace engineering

Alina Creamer ’20 has just completed her sophomore year at NC State, yet packs an impressive resume. Starting with an internship at Lockheed Martin while in high school, she has since added internships at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) and Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems. With a major in aerospace engineering, the internships have allowed her to apply concepts learned in the classroom to the real world and has provided her with the connections needed for a bright career. In the
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Christian Rust ’19 leads project on solar bus stop

It is hard to believe that Christian Rust, a rising-senior Park Scholar double majoring in chemical engineering and textile engineering, once questioned his ability to make an impact on a campus as large as NC State’s. But with a passion for service and human-centered innovation, Rust has come to the right place to leave his legacy. “Coming in freshman year and hearing about all the amazing events, programs, and projects the Park Scholars have led is tremendously inspiring,” he says.
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Lauren Cagley ‘13 explores the oil industry

Lauren Cagley ‘13 always enjoyed problem-solving and using her creativity to make a difference, so finding engineering as her calling during her undergraduate career paved the way for a bright future. Cagley is currently the Crude Coordinator for the ExxonMobil Beaumont Refinery in Beaumont, TX and is responsible for managing all of the day-to-day logistics for 375,000 barrels (bbls) of crude oil daily. Over the past 5 years, Cagley has held five different positions and values each for the unique
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The Strength of the Wolf is the ‘Park’: A Q&A with with our own Wolfpack Alumni

In each class of Park Scholars, inevitably the wind softly blowing ‘o’er the fields of Caroline’ holds a distinct place in the hearts and minds of a select few. These few, whose passions and interests have extended to all corners of the globe, have eventually found themselves back in the place they first met: working at at NC State University – forging careers in scholarship, leadership, service and character. We reached out to these Park Scholar alumni to find out
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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.”