Beyond creating an environment where young people thrive, our people are the reason we’re the go-to place for natural resource solutions. The college’s award-winning faculty work alongside students to generate new knowledge and technology, leverage interdisciplinary partnerships, engage industries and communities, and provide professional leadership for the future. We’re proud to be the home of faculty who are international leaders in their disciplines.
Experts in our extension and outreach units are in the field every day working with business, industry, government, nonprofits, communities and citizens across North Carolina to provide programs and services that foster healthy communities and economies. Stationed throughout North Carolina, these professionals support three of the state’s top industries: forestry, wood products and tourism.
Meet a Few of Our Outstanding People
Dean Mary C. Watzin
Dean Watzin specializes in aquatic ecology and watershed management, with research focused on how human activities influence ecosystem health and how adaptive management can improve environmental outcomes.
Recent Environmental Sciences graduate Per Frisk describes his work experience after graduation. Frisk credits Summer Camp and his volunteer experience with The Nature Conservancy with preparing him well for the transition into the workforce.
Center for Geospatial Analytics doctoral student Ashwin Shashidharan (Dept. of Computer Science) has gained international accolades for his cutting-edge research in computational steering for geosimulations. To those honors, he can now add NC State University’s 2018 Esri Development Center Student of the Year.
Zakiya Holmes Leggett
The Ecological Society of America is honoring an NC State forestry professor for her efforts to mentor and recruit students from diverse ethnic backgrounds into the field of ecology. Zakiya Holmes Leggett, assistant professor of forestry and environment, will receive the organization’s Commitment to Human Diversity in Ecology Award at a ceremony in New Orleans in August.