Engineering Village

Engineering Village

The ‘E’ in Engineering is for Excitement!”

 – Dr. Louis Martin Vega, Dean, College of Engineering, NC State

Connect with Engineering Village

The village has several mediums to share information and updates.  Please connect with us. We encourage posting questions to our Facebook page to ensure others see your questions and share relevant information.

Facebook:  @ncstateengineeringvillage
Twitter:  @ncsuengrvillage
Instagram:  @ncsu_engineeringvillage

About the Engineering Village

Established in 2013, the Engineering Village is an exciting living and learning environment for first-year students interested in pursuing engineering as a major at NC State. The program represents an exciting collaboration between the College of Engineering and University Housing.

Student living in the Engineering Village make NC State feel more like home by being part of a supportive and nurturing environment while connecting with peers who share similar interest and passions. We cultivate young minds into future engineers and successful alumni by providing personal, professional and leadership development for students. With a supportive and knowledgeable team that includes a full-time village director with industry experience, twelve upper-class engineering student mentors, and a Ph.D. Scholar-in-Residence, we ease the transition into NC State and the College of Engineering to ensure student success.  Our community encourages collaborative learning, student-faculty interactions and engagement in high-impact co-curricular experiences beyond the traditional classroom environment.

Our Mission

The Engineering Village’s mission is to develop skills, talents, and behaviors in first-year engineering students that lead to success at NC State University and beyond.

Village Goals

By participating in the Engineering Village, students will:

  • Engage in high-impact experiences.
  • Strengthen technical skills to help discover an engineering identity.
  • Create connections that respect differences and world views.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to address grand challenges.
  • Define career and personal goals
  • Develop leadership strengths, purpose and values
  • Contribute to the university’s public service mission by participating in k-12 STEM outreach.
  • Utilize resources that lead to academic success

The Engineering Village will help to:

  • Increase the retention rates of students who enroll in the College of Engineering
  • Increase the average GPA of students pursuing engineering degrees
  • Increase the graduation rates of students in the College of Engineering
  • Increase participants’ knowledge of career options in engineering
  • Increase participants’ involvement in internships, co-ops, and research
  • Increase engagement in the broader campus community
  • Increase participants’ employability through the mastery of soft skills

Application Information

Acceptance into the Engineering Village is not a guarantee. Students are encouraged to apply to live in the Village early because spaces fill up fast.

To be considered, students must:

  • Be accepted into the College of Engineering First Year Program
  • Have an interest in engineering
  • Desire to live in a coeducational environment with other students pursuing engineering.

Roommate preferences

Due to the popularity of the Engineering Village, roommates must also be admitted Engineering students and have submitted an application to the Engineering Village.  If you are accepted to the Engineering Village, your roommate is automatically approved; provided there is a village application on file and they too have been admitted to the College of Engineering.

Village Requirements

Students are expected to:

  • Complete the Focus to Assessment
  • Attend village move-in/orientation
  • Attend College of Engineering Connection
  • Attend College of Engineering Welcome Back Bash
  • Attend monthly engagement group meetings
  • Accumulate a minimum or 40 participation credits per semester
  • Attend two Scholar-In-Residence programs per semester
  • Attend the Engineering Career Fair
  • Participate in two design challenges per semester

Village Benefits

  • Upper-class engineering mentors
  • Scholar-in-Residence
  • Block scheduling in core courses (math, chemistry, and physics)
  • Academic support (academic advising, study groups, and tutoring)
  • Speaker series
  • K-12 STEM outreach opportunities
  • Community service
  • Company tours
  • Leadership experiences
  • Undergraduate research
  • Access to study suite and computer lab with Maple, Matlab, SolidWorks, and VPython
  • Alternative Service Breaks to Nicaragua
  • Industry STEM nights
  • Networking luncheons
  • Annual ski trip for top 50 participants

Meet our Village Director

Chester Miller

Chester has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering. He has professional industry experience with IBM and has worked at NC State since 2007, making him an ideal candidate to work with first-year Engineering students. His role in the Engineering Village is to provide direction, mission advancement, strategic planning, and visioning to ensure that the Village’s mission is accomplished. This is done through collaboration with various campus and professional partners through intentional, well-planned, high-impact activities.

Engineering Village Scholar in Residence

Meet our Scholar-in-Residence for 2017 – 2018

Hafizul is a Ph.D. student and a researcher in the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering of North Carolina State University. He earned a B. Sc. in Industrial and Production Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka. He started his career as a faculty at ME Department of MIST, Bangladesh in Fall 2011. In January 2012 he joined IDLC Finance Limited as an MTO and served them for two and a half years working in different departments before he joined his Ph.D. program at NC State in Fall 2014. During his bachelors and master’s studies, he was a resident of university housing and was highly involved in different activities organized by and for the housing residents. He also used to mentor high school students with the purpose of helping them achieve their desired academic success during his studies in Bangladesh, which he continued here at NC State while he was serving as TA at ISE department from Fall 2014 to Spring 2016. With a blend of industrial, academic and research experiences juxtaposed by his University Housing and mentoring experiences, Hafizul becomes the ideal Scholar-in-Residence to provide better guidance for first-year engineering students.

About the Scholar-in-Residence Program

The Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) program connects interested faculty or postdoc students with first- and second-year engineering students in living and learning villages with shared professional, academic and personal interests. This is a unique opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with scholars and faculty outside of formal spaces (classrooms, labs, and office hours) to bridge the connection between in-class learning and out-of-class experiences. The SIR engages students who live in Metcalf Hall in learning that deepens and broadens their intellectual experiences at NC State.

Rachel Worsham

Meet our Graduate Assistant for 2017 – 2018

Rachel Worsham graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2015 where she double majored in History and Peace, War and Defense and minored in Public Relations. After graduation, Rachel became a College Adviser. This work helped Rachel develop a passion for ensuring college access and success for first-generation, low-income and underserved students. Rachel will assist in the day-to-day operation of the village with specific responsibilities for retention, assessment and engagement experiences.


Contact Us

Chester Miller

Director, Engineering Village
University Housing
Phone: 919-515-7666

Brian Koehler

Director, Student Engagement
College of Engineering
Phone: 919-515-3263