It is the job of student advisors to support and encourage their students, guiding them along the path to their degree and the start of their career. Kanton Reynolds takes special pride in supporting ISE students in his role as the Director of Undergraduate Programs, and the College of Engineering (COE) has recognized him for his efforts. Reynolds received his award during the 2020 COE Annual Awards Banquet (done over Zoom). During that same banquet, four graduating seniors, Iman Fisher, Charles Blum, Meredith Rhoney and Lingchao Mao, were also nominated for Outstanding Seniors Awards. These students are the best that the ISE Department has to offer in leadership, service, humanities and scholarship.
The Most Supportive Faculty Award recognizes an inspirational faculty member that, through their actions and contributions, helped recruit, develop, and uplift women and under-represented students to excel academically and professionally. “I was very much surprised but extremely appreciative that the College and the Women & Minority in Engineering Programs honored me in acknowledgment of my efforts to support not just ISE but all of our students in the college,” Reynolds stated. “It means a lot to have your colleagues acknowledge your dedication and commitment to your work.”
The Four Seniors
Iman Fisher was an ISE Ambassador involved in the National Society for Black Engineers, the Minority Engineering Program, Undergraduate Research and Greek Life organizations. Fisher received a nomination for the Engineering Senior Award for Leadership, given in recognition for contributions of outstanding leadership on behalf of fellow students, the College of Engineering, and the University.
Charles Blum was a leader of NC State’s Air Force ROTC (AFROTC), where he served as the Recruiting Officer. Blum was also an ambassador for the University’s study abroad program and a member of the University Honors Program. Blum has received numerous awards and scholarships, including the Chancellor’s Study Abroad Scholarship, the Ralph and Ree Edwards Study Abroad Scholarship, the ISE Professor Clarence Smith Scholarship, and the Joshua T. Winstead Jr. Scholarship. He received recognition by the Navy Federal Credit Union as one of 12 college students from across the country for the 2019 ROTC All-American Team. Blum was distinguished further within that group as the Air Force ROTC Student of the Year. He earned a nomination for the Engineering Senior Award for Citizenship and Service. This award is given in recognition of significant humanitarian contributions that improve the welfare of fellow citizens and the community.
Meredith Rhoney> was an ISE Ambassador involved in many different organizations throughout her time at NC State, including College Mentors for Kids, the Engineering Village, and club sports. She interned as a Field Industrial Engineer with Lowe’s Home Improvement in Oregon during the summer of 2018 and returned to intern with the company in Wisconsin in the summer of 2019. Rhoney obtained a nomination for the Engineering Senior Award for Humanities, which is given in recognition of a student who, in addition to high achievement and academic standing in engineering, has shown an equal commitment to a broad, liberal education in the social sciences, arts, and the humanities.
Lingchao Mao was a senior in ISE who participated in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program. She received the Alpha Pi Mu Outstanding Sophomore Award in 2017 as well as the Faculty Senior Scholar Award in 2019. Mao was nominated for the Engineering Senior Award for Scholarly Achievement in recognition of technical competence, academic achievement, and demonstrated scholarly performance.