Ernie Alexander graduated from NC State in 1967 with a degree in PSE and in 1972 received his degree in Chemical Engineering. Ernie is currently retired but enjoyed quite a lengthy career in the industry. We recently reached out to Ernie to find out about his experience here at NC State and what advise he has for current students.
Experience at NC State
Internship/co-op experiences: International Paper Company, Summer 1963 – 1967
Favorite Class: Doc Cook’s Unit Processes in Paper Science and Professor Hitching’s Pulp and Paper Manufacturing
Best memory and favorite part of NC State: Spring break and the trip to Mills in NC, SC and GA
What is the most important thing PSE taught you: Problem solving
Current Career Information
Company/job description: 1972-2009 – Research, manufacturing and Corporate Engineering at MeadWestvaco (now WestRock)
2009-2015 Owner B&E Consulting LLC
2015, December Retired
Favorite part of retirement: Every day is a holiday. I enjoy spending more time traveling and reading.
What is your greatest accomplishment in your career: Mentoring younger engineers.
Advice for Current Students
Be a life long learner, respect all co-workers and remember peoples names.