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MAE Fall 2023 Departmental Graduation Ceremony

December 14, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

We are so excited to celebrate our Fall 2023 graduates!  The MAE Fall 2023 Departmental Graduation Ceremony will be held at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center at 1101 Gorman St, Raleigh, NC 27606 on December 14, 2023 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 – Dr. Worth Longest

Dr. Worth Longest earned his BS (1996), MS (1999), and PhD (2002) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from NC State.  His PhD research was in the area of computational fluid particle dynamics applied to vascular graft design, under the direction of Dr. Clement Kleinstreuer.  After receiving his PhD, he joined the US Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park where he studied the field of inhalation toxicology.  He then joined Virginia Commonwealth University as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in 2004, received a joint appointment to the Department of Pharmaceutics in 2006, and currently holds the Harris Exceptional Scholar Professorship.  Dr. Longest directs the Aerosols in Medicine Lab at VCU with the goal of using pharmaceutical aerosols to improve the treatment of respiratory and other diseases.  His work is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Dr. Longest has published over 180 journal articles, holds six patents, and has received over 22 million dollars of research funding as primary investigator.  He is a proud member of the NC State MAE Hall of Fame (Class of 2021).  Dr. Longest is also a third generation Wolfpack Engineer, proceeded by his father, Philip Longest (Class of 1969), and his grandfather, Beaufort Longest (Class of 1940).  Recent applications of his group’s work and licensed technologies include the ongoing development of surfactant aerosol therapy for preterm infants, inhaled antibiotics for children with cystic fibrosis, inhaled chemotherapy to treat lung cancer, and the development of computational and in vitro methods to reduce the cost of inhaled medications.

Undergraduate Speaker – Caleb Jolley

Caleb Jolley first came to NC State in the Fall of 2019 after graduating from Middle Creek High School in Apex, NC. He is graduating from NC State with a 4.0 GPA in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Business Administration. Throughout his undergraduate career, he has completed internships and co-ops with Firstmark Aerospace, Plastic Ingenuity, and ExxonMobil, as well as undergraduate research with Idaho National Labs and NC State’s Nuclear Engineering Department. On campus, Caleb served as an engineering ambassador (EA) beginning his sophomore year. While supporting prospective and current engineering students in this role through information sessions, tours, and TAing introductory engineering classes, he found a passion for K-12 STEM outreach programs, leading him to become the On-campus Outreach team leader, and to receive The Engineering Place’s Service Excellence Award in 2023. Also beginning his sophomore year, Caleb served on the Engineering Career Fair Coordinating Team, helping to manage student volunteers for our Engineering Career Fair, which, in the Fall, is the largest on the East Coast. Outside of engineering, Caleb enjoyed a small passion for written language, prompting him to begin writing for NC State’s student newspaper, the Technician, as a correspondent, and later a staff writer during his junior year. Also a member of Catholic Campus Ministries and the NCSU CrossFit Club, Caleb enjoyed connecting with his peers through faith and fitness as well. After graduation, Caleb will be working with GE Nuclear as a member of the Edison Engineering Development Program, and hopes to work on fun and challenging problems to sustainably meet the world’s growing energy demands. Caleb would like to thank his parents, sister, grandpa, close friends, and everyone else who made his time at NC State so special.

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December 14, 2023
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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McKimmon Center
1101 Gorman Street
Raleigh, NC 27606 United States
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