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Engineers receive awards at Summer Convention

   Everette Curlee, PE was awarded the PENC Engineer of the Year honor for 2015 at the Summer Convention at Myrtle Beach.  Other awards recipients were as follows:  Government Engineer of the Year, Jonathan Ham, PE; Young Engineer of the Year, Ryan Lindsey, EI; Outstanding Technical Achievement, John Daniels, PE, PhD; Outstanding Employer, Terracon Consultants, Inc.; Engineer of the Year, Mark McIntire, PE, and President’s Award, Sarah Spagnola, PE 

   In addition, Tom Bach, PE, PENC and Herb Congdon, PE, PENC, NSPE were inducted as 2015 Fellows.

2015-2016 Officers inducted

    Susan Habina Woolard, PE of Charlotte was inducted as PENC president at the 2015 Annual Convention July 18-20 in Myrtle Beach. Nathan Epling, PE of Asheville was inducted as president-elect.  Other new officers are: Paul Shivers of Wilmington,treasurer; Tom Bach, PE of Concord, secretary. At-large directors are Jim Trogdon, PE of Raleigh; Martin Kane, PE, PhD of Charlotte, and Sarah Spagnola, PE of Raleigh.

2014-2015 Leadership Institute Grads recognized, applications open for 2015-2016 Institute

The 2014-2015 Leadership Institute Graduates with instructor Rich St. Denis (left) and Leadership Institute director John Gyllenswan (right)


    PENC is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Leadership Institute class. The deadline to apply is August 31.
   Summer conference attendees experienced first-hand the development of Leadership Institute graduates through their culmination project presentations.
   Either you or someone you know is looking to hone their leadership skills. The PENC Leadership Institute accomplishes this in a unique way developed specifically for engineers.
   For more information and to download an application, please visit

Engineering News

Research spotlights a previously unknown microbial 'drama' playing in the Southern Ocean

Bacteria attached to phytoplankton

A team of marine researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has discovered a three-way conflict raging at the microscopic level in the frigid waters off Antarctica over natural resources such a...

As a Southern community changes, an accent fades

Robin Dodsworth and people at a market

For more than half a century, the familiar Southern drawl has been fading in Raleigh, N.C. Its disappearance has been so slow and so s...

It's blackberry season! Summer fruits depend on pollinators. But where have all the bees gone?

a basket of blackberries

Blackberries and blueberries. Cherries and peaches. Raspberries and apricots. These and many other summer fruits require pollination by bees.

But remove even one bumblebee species from an...

The truth about sharks

a shark in the water

Danger: shark attack (or more properly, say scientists, shark bite). With sharks swimming ever closer to shore this summer--or seeming to--and crossing paths with surfers and bathers, what's...

Additive manufacturing: 3-D printing beyond plastic

finished copper product Engineers turn to copper, but must first overcome a major challenge

Full story at
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