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Engineering America's Future

In the Southeast and across the country, engineers are a workforce to be reckoned with. But the pipeline that supplies them to the nation's employers depends on all of us.

A 3-D printer in action.

The complex problems facing our planet demand engineered solutions — and engineering thinking.

At NC State University, we teach that thinking, all the way from K-12 to Ph.D. Each year, we send 2,300 new engineers and computer scientists out into the world, ready to work. That puts us among the top 10 institutions of our kind in America.

Our graduates don’t just get good jobs; they create them. NC State engineers launch companies, bring fresh ideas to market and find new answers to enduring problems, from energy insecurity to chronic disease.

Cutting Cancer Down to Size

Before Zhen Gu was born, cancer took his father. Now the NC State professor designs nanotechnology to destroy the disease from within.

Gu’s inventions include a flower-shaped drug carrier that’s many thousands of times smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. Once injected into the bloodstream, millions of Gu’s “nanodaisies” creep inside cancer cells and release a targeted cocktail of drugs to kill them.

Another of Gu’s creations is a painless patch that could replace insulin injections. In recognition of his many innovative discoveries, Gu was named one of MIT Technology Review’s “35 Innovators Under 35.”

#4 for Female Graduates

Among flagship state universities and major public schools nationwide, NC State ranks fourth in the share of bachelor's engineering degrees awarded to women.

Reinforcing North Carolina — and the Nation

To rebuild our roads, bridges and waterways, we need a new generation of civil, construction and environmental engineers. And we’ll need industrial and systems experts to ensure all our trucks, planes and ships get where they’re going on time, without taxing the planet.

NC State is home to those future engineers and experts — and to world-leading faculty at the forefront of advanced manufacturing, regenerative medicine and other 21st-century disciplines. The new engineering building planned for NC State’s Centennial Campus will house them all. It’s the next step forward for our College of Engineering — a big, bold project that promises a better future for us all.

Let’s build it.