2020-2021 MAE Senior Awards Announced — Pippin Payne Selected as COE Leadership Winner!

Each year the College of Engineering recognizes the accomplishments of graduating senior students with engineering senior awards. Receiving these awards is one of the highest forms of recognition for a senior in the college.

The 2020-2021 COE senior awards were presented by Dr. Jerome Lavelle (Associate Dean, Academic Affairs for COE) and Dr. David Parish (Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs for COE) at the Virtual Engineering Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 15. The MAE nominees for the college-wide competition were: Victor Jimenez—Citizenship and Service, Evan Waldron —Scholarly Achievement, Hannah Fletcher — Humanities, and Pippin Payne—Leadership.

Pippin Payne was selected as the COE Senior Award winner for Leadership. Pippin is a graduating senior in the Mechanical Engineering program. During his time at NC State, he co-founded and served as CEO for Peak Coffee Processing, inventors of a filtration system to create fertilizer from toxic coffee wastewater. His company was recognized as the #1 Undergraduate Engineering Startup in the USA by the National Academy of Engineering. Pippin serves on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology and is the youngest member ever invited to serve on that committee. Pippin also co-founded the National Academy of Engineering: Grand Challenge Scholars at NCSU. During the two years of his leadership, the number of scholars increased by over 300%.

Additionally, Aerospace Engineering graduating senior Nate Browning was recognized as a recipient of the “Shining Star” award from Women and Minorities in Engineering Program (WMEP).

The Shining Star Award is presented to the student(s) who consistently supports programs hosted by the WMEP office. These students willingly and sincerely give their time and energy to support the mission and goals of WMEP.

We are extremely proud of our students’ achievements and wish them all the best in their future endeavors!

Victor Jimenez
Evan Waldron
Hannah Fletcher
Pippin Payne