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Innovating for a Better Future

Our faculty are solving urgent challenges at the intersection of the environment, economy and society to ensure a sustainable, inclusive and prosperous future for all.

The College of Natural Resources welcomes Dr. Kai Lan as an assistant professor of sustainability science and engineering. 🥳 ♻️

Kai Lan, who graduated from NC State with a Ph.D. in forest biomaterials (@ncstatefb), is returning to NC State after completing three years of postdoctoral research at Yale University’s Center for Industrial Ecology. Industrial ecology combines artificial intelligence, life cycle assessment and other research methods to implement more sustainable practices in industrial systems.

“Returning to NC State was a decision deeply rooted in both my professional ambition and personal choice. My academic journey here laid the foundational stones of my passion and purpose.”

Learn more about Dr. Lan through the link in our bio.
Happy Fourth of July from the College of Natural Resources. 🇺🇸 🐺 🐾
Happy Parks and Recreation Month, #NCStateCNR Pack! 🌳🥾

While we love all of the big parks in the area (we’re looking at you, Umstead), we decided to take a visit to a couple smaller ones to celebrate. We hope you enjoy these views from Pullen Park in West Raleigh and Wooten Meadow Park in North Raleigh. #PackToNature
Allison Markert '25 began her journey into student government during her freshman year as a student senator for #NCStateCNR. Today, she is ready to begin her term as @ncstate's newest student body president.

Allison, a natural resources major, was elected as student body president in March 2024 alongside Isaac Carreno, a junior studying social work, who will serve as student body vice president.

In her new role, Allison plans to tackle a number of issues on campus — from promoting community and civic engagement to advocating for protections around diversity, equity and inclusion to creating stronger mental health support.

🔗 Visit the link in our bio to learn more about @allisonmarkert's plans.
The Dr. Peter W. Hart Graduate Student Award honors the late Peter Hart, who served as an adjunct associate professor of forest biomaterials (@ncstatefb) at NC State for the last two decades. 

The scholarship was endowed by Hart's colleagues and WestRock, who pledged up to $50,000 in matching funds for the scholarship. It will give graduate students the opportunity to attend industry conferences that are otherwise too costly for a student’s budget. Hart wanted these experiences to promote their participation within the industry early on in their careers.

“At the end of the day, this is all about the students. Peter had a very specific directive as we put this together: that this would be used to basically cover graduate student travel to promote their ability to attend conferences, like those provided by TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry). He wanted this to help promote their participation within the industry early on in their career.” —Fritz Paulsen, @westrockcompany's senior director of research and development

📸 From left to right: Dean Myron Floyd and Lucian Lucia present the Dr. Peter W. Hart Graduate Award to WestRock’s Fritz Paulsen.

Check out the link in our bio to read more.
Joshua Lambert '19 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in paper science and engineering from the Department of Forest Biomaterials (@ncstatefb). He now works as a papermaking operations manufacturing engineer at Proctor & Gamble.

During his time at NC State, Lambert was involved in the student chapter of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry, also known as TAPPI (@ncsutappi).

"NC State, specifically the Paper Science and Engineering program, prepared me for the early mornings, the hands-on lab work and running the paper machine in the late afternoon or early morning. There are some evenings where I am problem solving and it takes me back to the late nights in the TAPPI lounge with my peers. Those were great times; they taught me how to work with others, see other perspectives and listen more." —@joshlambert0

🔗 Check out the link in our bio to learn more about Joshua.