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Student Spotlight – Annie Chen

Annie Chen


  • Raleigh, NC

High School Graduation Year:

  • 2018


  • BS, Paper Science and Engineering, 2022
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, 2022

Work Experience:

  • WestRock, Florence, SC, Spring/Summer 2020
  • Novo Nordisk, Clayton, NC, Summer 2021

Why did you choose Paper Science and Engineering (PSE)?

  • I joined PSE because of the letter I received about scholarships and then the upper classmen I talked to. I choose to stay because of the broad opportunities and the large variety of things to learn about. The people and connections in this program are incredible and make up a wonderful department.

What is your favorite thing about Paper Science and Engineering?

  • My favorite thing about PSE is the community including faculty, alumni, and fellow students. Everyone is extremely welcoming and fun to talk/work with.

What is your favorite thing about NC State?

  • The NC State pride. No matter where someone ends up they are always a part of the Wolfpack. GO STATE!!

What advice would you offer to an incoming freshman?

  • Don’t be afraid to try new things. This is true even if it’s something you may not like. It will always serve as a learning opportunity, fun memory, or a good way to form connections.

What would people be surprised to know about you? 

  • I have a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and I took German throughout high school.

Who has been your favorite professors?

  • Dr. Jameel and Dr. Lavoine. They both are fun to talk with and work on a variety of interesting projects.