On Friday December 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM in McKimmon Conference Center, the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering welcomed family and friends of our Fall 2019 graduates. We celebrated the hard work and dedication of our 25 graduating doctoral, 17 master, and 94 bachelor degree students.
Our aerospace commencement speaker was Hans deBot. Mr. deBot graduated from North Carolina State University in 1993 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.He then moved to Munich, Germany working with an engineering firm for the automotive industry and upon his return to the US he went to work with a marine industry company specializing in building America’s Cup Sailing Spars utilizing carbon fiber and composite materials. He founded deBotech, Inc. in 1998 with his wife, Jamye deBot. Since its inception, deBotech has demonstrated a company-wide commitment to providing top-quality carbon fiber and advanced composite products and as such has achieved several Quality Certifications including, AS9100, IATF:19649, and ISO:9001. The industries deBotech serves range from Automotive OEM, Military, Marine, Aerospace, and Motorsports as well as manufacturing components for our US Olympic Teams. Hans and Jamye are proud to take part in the NC State Alumni Association and are proud their daughter has chosen NC State University for her undergraduate studies.
Our undergraduate speaker was Anna Ahlers is from Raleigh, NC, and is the third of three siblings to graduate from NC State’s MAE department. In addition to her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, she is also obtaining a minor in German Studies. During her time at NC State, she was a Co-Op at Teleflex Medical, a MATLAB teaching assistant, a research assistant at Nuremberg Technical University in Germany, and was captain of the Hunt Seat Equestrian Team. After graduation, Anna will be traveling abroad in Japan before starting a full-time position at General Dynamics.