Summer 2017 magazine issue
Jul 10, 2017
How are our NC State graduate students and alumni changing the world? Better equipment for firefighters, new technologies to fight Zika, support for flood victims and a best-selling novel adapted for a television series.
"Just when I think I couldn't be more impressed by our students, I realize that achievement knows no boundaries." -- Maureen Grasso
Pragya Adhikari from Nepal is trying to breed a tomato that is tastier and more resistant to plant diseases.
After graduating from NC State's MFA program, Therese Fowler experienced the publication of many successful works--including Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, recently adapted as an Amazon original series.
Graduate student Shahnee Haire says that her certificate program helped prepare her for assisting those in her county who lost everything after Hurricane Matthew.
Chandler Maness, a master's student in textiles, wants to make firefighters safer by developing materials and gear designs that protect them from particulates in smoke.
Sayed Mashaheet, PhD alumnus and postdoc, is developing wheat varieties that are tolerant to ozone and resistant to wheat rust, a devastating disease that could destroy the world's wheat crop.
Graduate student Sophia Webster is trying to fight Zika by engineering mosquitoes that won't spread the disease.
PhD student Andrea Brandt is seeking a prosthesis that can adapt to an amputee's movement, rather than amputees having to adapt to their prostheses.
Brianna Massie Hess is looking for simple solutions to help hog producers deal with lagoon waste.