Engineering and

Computer Science

Our mission, as education professionals with a depth and breadth of technical expertise, is to serve the larger mission of the school with focused efforts to expand and diversify the population of students engaged in engineering and computer science. Our mission statement is to:

  • Foster curiosity and innovation through hands-on exploration and the joy of discovery

  • Provide exposure to our disciplines through meaningful interactions with technology and technical professionals

  • Instill fundamental skills necessary for excellence in engineering and computer science

  • Create, teach, share, and disseminate innovative course content using pedagogical best practices

  • Engage in meaningful personal and professional development

Find out more about our CORE values!

The entrance of the offices off the Reynolds Breezeway is graced by "Okeanos", a work of art by Annie Chen '18 that was constructed in the Peter T. Haughton Innovation and Fabrication Laboratory. The organic form emphasizes technology's relationship to our world and invites participation from a broader audience of students who may not be drawn-in by traditional symbols of our disciplines. It is accompanied by a quote from Steve Jobs relating the importance of the context of humanity when developing technology.


Student team named Samsung Solve for Tomorrow State Winners

Congratulations to the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow State Winners: Sherry Liu, Connor Mitchell, Timothy Laskoski, John Barnes, David Bradley, Aryan Goyal, and Ryan Krasinski! Samsung Solve for Tomorrow is a national competition where students use STEM to improve their communities. The students' ReFridge app uses Optical Character Recognition and Natural Language Processing to reduce food waste. They will proceed to compete to become national finalists. -Keethan Kleiner

Ryden Program for AI named NCSSS Innovative Program of the Year

At the annual National Consortium of Secondary STEM School conference, NCSSM received the Innovative STEM Student Program Award for the school's Ryden Program for Innovation and Leadership in AI. "The NCSSS Innovative STEM Student Program of the Year award celebrates unique student programs engaging students in STEM that are planned and executed by Institutional Member schools." Congratulations to the Ryden Program on receiving this honor!

Watch the video submitted for the award here.

Dr. Garrett Love named as Educator of the Year by NC Tech

On Wednesday, November 3, 2021, the NC TECH consortium announced the winners of the 2021 NC TECH Awards at an in-person event. Dr. Garrett Love, instructor in NCSSM's Online and Open Enrollment programs and Durham Chair of Engineering and Computer Science, was named Tech Educator of the Year.

“He has an incredible ability to use technology to create learning experiences that deepen students’ understanding of the fields he teaches," says Dr. Joe LoBuglio.

Read his story and watch Love receive the award in this short video.

-Text Credit: NCSSM Communications

NCSSM NSBE Jr. Student selected as NSBE Ambassador

NCSSM senior, Abel Getachew, was selected to be a NSBE Jr. Ambassador. As an ambassdaor, Abel will:

  • Serve as a voice for the NSBE Jr. Demographic on the Pre-College Initiative (PCI) Committee

  • Create workshops and programs that align with the PCI Vision

  • Help improve the effectiveness of the NSBE Jr. Toolkits

NSBE Jr. Ambassadors also receive free registration to the National Convention.

Congratulations Abel!

NCSSM students win first place at BMES competition

NCSSM students Prabuddha Ghosh Dastidar and Connor Mitchell placed first out of 20 students at the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) High School Expo and Poster competition at the annual meeting in Orlando, FL. Their poster submission describes their invention of novel 3D printer, ARTHETA-0, that uses polar coordinates to print stents made of a Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) material.

You can view their BMES webinar entitled "Fused Deposition Modeling 3D Printing in Invasive Cardiology" here.

Dr. Hubbard selected as a UNC System Faculty Fellow

Dr. Letitia Hubbard, NCSSM Instructor of Engineering and Mentorship, has been named a UNC System Faculty Fellow for 2022, a first for NCSSM. The fellowship through UNC’s Division of Academic Affairs is both a recognition of Dr. Hubbard’s accomplishments in the classroom and an investment in leadership that will carry the 17 constituent members of the UNC System forward. The focus area for 2022 Fellows will be “Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning.”

“Dr. Hubbard is exceedingly deserving of this honor,” says Dr. Katie O’Connor, NCSSM’s Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Programs. “I am delighted she is representing NCSSM in this position.” Read more

-Text Credit: NCSSM Communications

Computer Science Chair Pilots First Course from Morganton Faculty

The chair of computer science, Dr. Larry Hodges, taught Human and Computer Interaction from Morganton to a remote class in a Durham classroom as classes started in our residential program. This is our first course from Morganton faculty and an exciting pilot of the technology and processes that could lead to more cross-campus opportunities. A big thank you to Dr. Garrett Love, chair of engineering, who has worked with Larry over the summer to put everything in place and who is facilitating the course in Durham.