Advisory Board Chair Notes | Ed Fitts

Advisory Board Chair Notes | June 2015

The positive momentum we are experiencing at NC State ISE is at an all-time high, as are everyone’s expectations for sustaining our worldwide reputation for excellence and innovation. And while it’s exciting to look forward, everyone in the ISE family should also be very proud of the accomplishments of our students and faculty so far this year.

In addition to the honors and awards earned by our distinguished ISE faculty, innovative student research continues to deliver immediate and measurable impact to our corporate partners. As demonstrated by the research completed for Community Care of North Carolina and Senior Design Projects fulfilled for companies like Lenovo, the department has the capacity to serve the private sector with actionable solutions to real-world problems.

Once again, more than 90 percent of the ISE graduating class landed offers of employment either prior to or immediately following graduation, taking their talents into the corporate and entrepreneurial communities, as well as into the U.S. military and other specialized areas of service.

I encourage all ISE alumni to become involved and engaged with the department as it expands its influence across a growing number of industries throughout the U.S. and around the world. This October, ISE homecoming activities on campus will include a tribute to the department’s historic legacy in furniture manufacturing, while providing a glimpse of a brilliant future in technology and systems analytics, imagined and engineered at NC State. We hope that you will be able to join us on October 30th for all of the homecoming events.

Ed Fitts, BSIE 1961
ISE Advisory Board Chair