Seth Hollar

Teaching Asst Professor

  • 919-302-5966
  • Engineering Building II (EB2) 1235

The focus of my work is high-technology entrepreneurship with both an educational and market-driven emphasis. More specifically I an involved in a) entrepreneurship in transportation, b) the NCSU Engineering Entrepreneurs Program, c) the NCSU entrepreneur’s initiative, and d) Wiser Systems.

In transportation, my work addresses automated public transit ground transportation with an emphasis on lower-cost solutions for commercialization (ecoPRT).

In the Engineering Entrepreneurs Program (EEP), I teach the entrepreneurially focused year-long senior design course which is cross-listed with electrical engineering and mechanical and aerospace engineering (ECE 482, MAE 482, ECE 483, and MAE 483). This course represents an alternative to discipline-focused senior design. In this course students receive a multidisciplinary experience, they self-select their teams, prove initial ideas to customers, and emulate a start-up. The successful students in this class tend to be very creative, self-driven, deal well with uncertainty, and do not treat the class as any other class but take it more seriously. It is particularly rewarding to see their concepts take hold, e.g., most recently a peanut butter jar concept that received national exposure.

In the campus-wide Entrepreneurship Initiative, I serve as the manager of the Entrepreneur’s Garage and hold the title of Entrepreneur in Residence which refers to my providing assistance to student entrepreneurs.

In Wiser Systems, I serve as the Chief Technology Officer. Wiser Systems is a Wireless RF company located in the Tech Incubator on Centennial Campus.

Outside of work, I enjoy biking (to and from work) and am involved in community activism.


Ph.D. 2003

Mechanical Engineering

University of California, Berkeley

M.S. 2000

Mechanical Engineering

University of California, Berkeley

B.S. 1996

Electrical Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Description

Dr. Hollar is interested in contributing to high-technology start-ups facilitating new and innovative solutions to societal problems.


Feasibility and Demonstration of Small Automated Vehicles as a viable Transit Solution in North Carolina
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/16 - 12/31/18)
Public Awareness of Small, Automated Vehicles as a Public Transit Solution
NCSU Office of Extension & Engagement & Economic Development(7/01/15 - 6/30/16)
VentureWell (formerly know as National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance)(7/01/13 - 3/31/14)
NCIIA Grant: Koyr Radiation Detection
VentureWell (formerly know as National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance)(8/01/12 - 1/31/14)
Phase 1 Venture Lab Grant: Mobile Platform for Radiation Detection - Koyr Engineering
VentureWell (formerly know as National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance)(3/01/12 - 12/31/12)
Elementary School Teaching and Learning Entrepreneurship Project
NCSU University Extension Grant Program(7/01/10 - 6/30/11)