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 also a proud member of the NC State MAE Hall of Fame (Class of 2021). 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.