We are so excited to celebrate our Fall 2022 graduates! The MAE Fall 2022 Departmental Graduation Ceremony will be held at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center at 1101 Gorman St, Raleigh, NC 27606 on December 15, 2022 at 11 a.m. Important information and instructions for the graduation ceremony will be posted here, check back for updates. We ask that both students and guests lease arrive no later than 10:30 a.m. for seating.
For information about the university graduation ceremony, regalia purchasing, diploma information and more, please visit the University Commencement Website.
Commencement Speaker – Hakan Ozisik
Dr. Hakan Ozisik earned his BS (1982), MS (1986), and Ph.D. (1989) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University. Upon completing work as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University’s Center for Sound and Vibration, he began a 28-year career with the Aerospace Corporation, where he worked on various aspects of space and launch in support of National Security Space. Dr. Ozisik has extensive experience in the test, analysis, design, and development of space-qualified hardware from both a technical and programmatic perspective. He has contributed to a broad range of complex engineering challenges to ensure a successful launch and reliable mission performance. Those contributions supported flight worthiness assessments, and include test and analysis of space hardware, post-flight data evaluations, anomaly and failure investigations, design reviews of new systems, and leading independent reviews to support launch readiness. In 2006 he was selected as the System Director accountable for the successful final test and fly-out of the remaining GPS (Global Positioning System) IIR/IIR-M satellites. In 2008 he became the System Director for the GPS III Satellite Bus and was later appointed the GPS III Chief Engineer. In that role, Dr. Ozisik worked closely with his engineering teams, and prime and subcontractor teams, and served as a trusted technical advisor to the Government and Air Force during all development phases through final delivery for launch. He and his wife now live in central Kansas.
Graduate Student Speaker – Josh Mitchell
Joshua Mitchell is graduating with an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He defended his thesis in November of 2022 under the direction of his advisor, Dr. Marie Muller, and collaborators and mentors, Dr. Michael Daniele, Dr. Xiaoning Jiang and Dr. Jingjie Hu. Josh’s research focused on the design and fabrication of biological tissue and lung phantoms that were utilized for cancer early detection experiments. During the previous two summers, Josh has worked as a mechanical engineering intern at The Boeing Company. He will return to the company as a full time structural design engineer in Oklahoma City next year working on derivative aircraft design. Some of his favorite courses at NC State were Solid Mechanics with Dr. Jiang, Applications of Acoustic and Elastic Wave Propagation with Dr. Muller and Spacecraft Environment and Interactions with Dr. Steven Berg. In his downtime, Josh enjoys competitive running, serving as a mentor for the Liquid Rocketry Lab, embarking on new adventures with his girlfriend Clara, and spending time with his friends and family.