Engineering and Computer Science was founded as a department in 2012 (then called Engineering and Technology) and quickly outgrew its classroom space. Thanks to the generosity of the North Carolina General Assembly and the NCSSM Foundation, the classrooms were renovated to improve the amount of space, upgrade the utilities, and create a better teaching and learning environment. The renovation of the classrooms was completed in 2017 and has allowed us to expand our course offerings in several areas.
The Peter T. Haughton Fabrication and Innovation Laboratory was made possible through the leadership of Carl Ryden ’89, chair of the NCSSM Foundation. Ryden sought to honor his friend and classmate, Pete Haughton ‘89 who held degrees in engineering, mathematics, public policy, and business and was working in sustainable real estate development when he died unexpectedly in 2006. Ryden envisioned an interdisciplinary space that would foster the cross-pollination of art, craftsmanship, and science.
“Pete was incredibly gifted at mathematics, but he found his greatest pleasure in using his genius to create beautiful and useful things,” says Ryden. He and Haughton both graduated from MIT’s Leaders for Manufacturing program, a combination of graduate engineering and business education that exposed them to MIT’s famed Fab Lab, a benchmark for such facilities.
The Mechatronics Laboratory at NCSSM serves students engaging in activities at the intersection of mechanical systems, electronics, and computer science. The Laboratory will host classes in robotics and research, support academic competition teams, and be a resource for summer and other extended programs serving students throughout the State. It houses the School-sponsored FIRST Robotics Competition team, the Zebracorns, which engages students from around the area in an exiting and challenging STEM program.