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Distinguished Alumni

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor that the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering can bestow upon any alumnus. It's given to department alumni whose contributions to their profession, community, and the department, college and/or university are notable and merit special recognition. There are very specific criteria for the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011
Class of 2010 Class of 2009 Class of 2008
Class of 2007 Class of 2006

Criteria for the Distinguished Alumnus Award

  1. The nominee must have graduated from the department with at least one of its designated degrees, which include: Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (BSIE), Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, Furniture Manufacturing (BSIE, FM), Bachelor of Science in Furniture Manufacturing and management (BSFMM), Master of Industrial Engineering (MIE), Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE), and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
  2. The nominee must have graduated more than 20 years prior to the award year; must not be currently employed in the department, college or university; and must possess a continuous record of exceptional integrity and sound character. Noteworthy community and/or public service should be identified as well as meritorious service to the industrial engineering profession, including service to their Alma Mater.

Nominations of an alumnus may be made at any time. Award winners will be selected by the faculty at the first faculty meeting of the school year each August. An annual event will be held recognizing the new award winners.

To nominate an alumnus, e-mail isenominations@ncsu.edu or write to:

Dr. Paul H. Cohen
Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial Engineering
400 Daniels Hall, Campus Box 7906
Raleigh, NC 27695


Current Distinguished Alumni Class of 2013

William C. Burton is Assistant Vice-President of Duke University Health System. He received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1983. Upon graduation, he joined Premier, Inc. in Charlotte where he served as a management engineering consultant, supporting hospitals in North and South Carolina. While continuing to work full-time at Premier, he returned to NC State to pursue his Master of Science in Industrial Engineering; a degree he received in 1988.

In 1993, William joined Duke University Hospital where he led the development of the Performance Services Office for Duke University Health System. Performance Services is a diverse group of engineers, analysts and nurses dedicated to the measurement, monitoring and improvement of organizational performance. Today, the office consists of 50 professionals providing support to all entities in the Health System including Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Specialty Practices and Duke Primary Care. William is also active professionally, speaking and organizing conferences and symposia.

Jay Paschall is the National Sales Manager for Century Furniture Industries in Hickory, North Carolina. Jay received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering with a Furniture Manufacturing and Management concentration in 1983. At Century, he is responsible for a large sales force and is involved with strategic planning as it relates to sales, merchandizing, product development and marketing.

Jay began his career with Baker Furniture Company as a sales representative. He later joined the Hickory Chair Company where he rose from Regional Sales Manager to Director of Marketing, and then finally Director of Wood Product Development. The next step in his career took him to Baker, Knapp and Tubbs where he was the Director of New Product Development and Merchandizing. Before accepting his current position with Century, Jay was the Vice President for Sales and Product Development for Kindel Furniture Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Caroline Reda currently serves as President and CEO of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) in 2010. She is responsible for leading a billion dollar nuclear business that consists of 3,000 employees and manufacturing, service and sales facilities around the globe. Caroline also manages the joint venture between the General Electric and Hitachi. Prior to her current position, Caroline served as President and CEO of GE Sensing and Inspection Technologies and has also served as President and CEO of GE Energy Parts, Inc., a global organization providing parts for GE’s fleet of power generation equipment. She has also held leadership roles in New Product Introduction, Quality, and Plant Operations including serving as Chief Operating Officer for Global Nuclear Fuels Americas, LLC.

Caroline earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1993. In addition, she is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

Caroline plays a prominent role in industry organizations, including moderating and participating in many panels and thought-leadership discussions. She currently sits on the board of directors of the World Nuclear Association and Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) and also serves on NEI’s Executive Steering Committee which sets broad policy for the industry.