As 2015 shifts into high gear, it truly is one of the most exciting and promising times to be a part of the NC State ISE family. The class of 2016 is the largest in recent ISE history. Ninety incoming students represent a 60 percent increase from one year ago. The number of freshmen entering ISE as their first choice has doubled. Our reputation as one of the leading programs of its kind in the world is something we can all take pride in.
As ISE gains notice and recognition, we are seizing the opportunity to build partnerships locally that will have a real-world impact on our community. Our recent alliance with Community Care of North Carolina, for example, will help to improve the efficiency of healthcare services delivered to Medicaid beneficiaries across the state, while showcasing our expertise in Healthcare Systems Engineering.
Meanwhile, ISE’s outstanding faculty continue to earn local and national media coverage. In the healthcare group, Assistant Professor Osman Ozaltin made headlines as flu season approached, explaining the role that data engineering plays in designing the annual vaccine. And in December, the Associated Press covered the flight of a commemorative NC State coin aboard the Orion spacecraft. The coin, produced by ISE Assistant Professor Tim Horn using advanced 3-D printing technology, was selected as an example of groundbreaking American scientific and technological advancement.
As many of you know, we conducted an ISE alumni survey back in the fall, and received a comprehensive range of invaluable feedback from our graduates across the U.S. and around the world. We look forward to putting that feedback into action and thank you for your continued support as we aim higher than ever before.
Tim Scronce, BSIE 1987
ISE Advisory Board Chair