List of North Carolina State University people
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The list of North Carolina State University people includes notable alumni, faculty, and chief executives of North Carolina State University.
Alumni, faculty, and former students
- Annie Antón (professor 1998–present), professor of software engineering and founder of ThePrivacyPlace
- David E. Aspnes (professor 1992–present), Distinguished University Professor and member of the National Academy of Sciences
- John Balaban (professor ca. 2000–present), poet
- Dorianne Laux (professor ca. 2008–present), poet
- Donald Bitzer (professor 1989–present), father of Plasma Television
- William Brantley Aycock (B.S. Education 1936), former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor
- Albert Carnesale (Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering 1966; faculty member 1962–1969), UCLA Chancellor
- Donald J. Farish (M.S. Entomology, 1966), biologist and president of Rowan University
- William C. Friday (B.S. Textile Engineering 1941), former President of the University of North Carolina
- Eduardo Halfon, Guatemalan writer 
- John Kessel (professor 1982–present), science-fiction author
- Tom Regan (professor 1967–present), philosopher and animal rights activist
- John M. Riddle (professor ca. 1965–2005), historian and author of "Eve's Herbs"
- Robert Rodman (professor 1973–present), professor of computer science, author of Introduction to Language
- Mary Schweitzer (professor 2003–present), paleontologist
- Rodney Waschka II (professor 1990–present), composer
- R. V. Young (professor), Renaissance English literature scholar, co-founder of the John Donne Journal
- Charles Edward Stevens (professor 1980–1992), professor and expert in comparative physiology and digestive systems
- Thurl Bailey (1983), former NBA basketball player
- Andrew Brackman (2005), Pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds
- Dario Brose (1992) former professional soccer player-France and Germany, San Jose Earthquakes, 1992 Olympic Soccer team,]]
- Chris Colmer (2005), Offensive Lineman for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Chris Corchiani (1991), former NBA basketball player
- Jerricho Cotchery (2004), football player, NY Jets.
- Bill Cowher (B.S. Education 1979), football, former head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Vinny Del Negro (1988) Former NBA Head Coach of Los Angeles Clippers.
- David Fox (B.S. Civil Engineering 1994), 1996 Olympic swimmer.
- Roman Gabriel (B.S. Education 1962), football player.
- Joan Benoit, won the first ever Women's Olympic Marathon at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, former World Record holder in the Marathon, member of the US Olympic Hall of Fame
- Bubba Green, former NFL lineman
- Tom Gugliotta (1992), former NBA Basketball player
- Frank Harris, former National Football League player, Chicago Bears
- Lloyd Harrison (B.S. Business 2000), retired National Football League player
- J.J. Hickson (Attended 2007–2008), NBA basketball player
- Julius Hodge (B.A. Communications 2005), NBA Basketball player, Denver Nuggets, #20 pick in the 2005 NBA Draft.
- Terrence Holt (B.A. Sociology 2004, attended 1999–2001), football player.
- Torry Holt (B.A. Sociology 1998), retired National Football League player.
- Cullen Jones, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist 4x100 freestyle relay, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist 4x100 medley relay
- Manny Lawson (B.S. Industrial Engineering 2006), football player, San Francisco 49ers
- Sean Locklear (2004), NFL offensive lineman for the Seattle Seahawks
- Sidney Lowe (1983), former NBA basketball player and former head coach of the North Carolina State University basketball team.
- Pablo Mastroeni (attended 1994–1997), Soccer player, Miami Fusion and Colorado Rapids. Represented United States in the FIFA World Cup in 2002 and 2006.
- Nate McMillan (attended 1985–1986), former NBA Basketball player, former head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers.
- Joe Milinichik, former National Football League player, Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Rams and San Diego Chargers.
- Colt Morton, catcher for the San Diego Padres, 2007–present.
- Chuck Nevitt (1982), former NBA basketball player
- Carl Pettersson, PGA Tour golfer
- Mike Quick (1982), former star NFL wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles (1982–90), and current Eagles' radio broadcaster
- Tab Ramos (B.A. Foreign Language and Literature 2003, attended 1984–1987), Soccer player, MetroStars. Represented United States in the FIFA World Cup in 1990, 1994, and 1998.
- Lamont Reid (B.S. PRT 2005), NFL football player Denver Broncos.
- Philip Rivers (B.S. Business 2003), football player, San Diego Chargers, #4 pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.
- Koren Robinson, football player, Green Bay Packers, #9 pick in the 2001 NFL Draft.
- Scott Schweitzer, professional soccer player.
- Cedric Simmons (attended 2004–2006), NBA Basketball player, Chicago Bulls, #15 pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.
- Vic Sorrell (head baseball coach 1946–1966), played 10 seasons in Major League Baseball
- Doug Strange, retired Major League Baseball player.
- Craig Sutherland, professional soccer player
- Sylvester Terkay, Professional wrestler
- David Thompson (B.A. Sociology 2003, attended 1971–1975) retired NBA and ABA basketball player.
- Jim Valvano, head coach of Men's Basketball for NC State's National Championship (1983)
- Spud Webb, (attended 1983–1984), NBA Basketball player, Atlanta Hawks, Won the 1986 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
- Mario Williams (attended 2003–2005), football player, Houston Texans, Buffalo Bills, and #1 pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.
- Adrian Wilson (attended 1998–2001), football player, Arizona Cardinals
- Russell Wilson, (2010 graduate), NFL football player, Seattle Seahawks.
- Tracy Woodson, retired Major League Baseball player
- Pat Thomas (linebacker), football player, Omaha Nighthawks
- Tim Clark, PGA Tour golfer and winner of The Players Championship in 2010.
- Henry E. Bonitz (1893), architect; one of the first to attend and graduate from NCSU
- James W. Owens (1968, MT 1970, Ph.D. 1973), CEO and Chairman of Caterpillar Inc.
- Dr. John Townsend (1977, BA), award-winning author and consultant of leadership & organizational coaching
- John Widman (1984), luthier
- Jeff Williams (circa 1985 Bachelor's in mechanical engineering) COO Apple Inc
- James Goodnight, co-founder and CEO of SAS Institute
Media and Entertainment
- Chris Hondros War photographer, was killed in Libya on April 20, 2011.
- Randy Boone (attended early 1960s), actor and singer
- Brett Claywell (B.S. Architecture 2001), actor
- Zach Galifianakis (Communication and film major circa 1987, did not graduate), Comedian, Actor, Writer
- Terry Gannon (B.A. History 1985) ABC Sports commentator
- Connie B. Gay (B.S. Agricultural Education 1935), music executive and founding president of the Country Music Association
- Michael Gracz (B.S. Business 2004), a professional poker player
- Tim Kirkman (B.E.D. Design 1990), a film writer/director
- Roy H. Park (Bachelors 1931), a communications executive
- Jerry Punch (B.S. Pre-Med 1975), sideline reporter & auto racing analyst for ESPN and ABC
- Jon Reep (B.A. Communications, 1996) comedian and winner of Last Comic Standing season 5 (2007), NBC.
- John Tesh (B.A. Communication 1975), musician, television presenter
- Jill Wagner (B.A. Management 2001), actress
- T. R. Pearson (B.A. and M.A. in English), novelist
- Tab Thacker (B.A. Criminal Justice), Police Academy actor and NCAA champion wrestler.
- Rhett McLaughlin, Internet personality
- Link Neal, Internet personality
- Scotty McCreery, American Idol Champion and Country Singer
- Buster Glosson (B.S. Electrical Engineering 1965), Lieutenant General U.S. Air Force, Deputy Chief of Staff for plans and operations of U.S. Air Force, Washington DC. During the Gulf War, commanded the 14th Air Division (Provisional) and director of campaign plans for U.S. Central Command Air Forces, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
- William E. Ingram, Jr., United States Army Lieutenant General and Director of the Army National Guard
- William C. Lee (1917), first Commander of the 101st Airborne Division.
- Dan K. McNeill (B.S. 1968), Commander of NATO International Security Assistance Force
- Raymond Odierno (M.S. Nuclear Effects Engineering), Chief of Staff of the United States Army (2011–present); Commanding General, Multi-national Force—Iraq; Commanding General Fort Hood and U.S. Army III Corps.
- Hugh Shelton (B.S. Textile Technology 1963), former chairman of the U.S. Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff
- Maxwell R. Thurman (B.S. Chemical Engineering 1953), US Army general, Vice Chief of Staff of the US Army, 1st four star Officer at NCSU
- Eli L. Whiteley (M.S. 1948), Medal of Honor recipient
- Chris Collins (B.S.M.E. 1972), United States Representative New York 27
- John Edwards (B.S. Textile Technology 1974), former Senator, 2004 vice-presidential nominee, and 2008 presidential candidate
- Abdurrahim El-Keib (Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, 1984), engineering professor and interim prime minister of Libya.
- Oliver Max Gardner (B.S. 1903), lawyer, businessman and Governor of North Carolina from 1929 to 1933
- Robert Gibbs (B.A. Political Science), former White House Press Secretary for President Obama. 
- J.D. Hayworth (B.A. Speech Communications and Political Science 1980), member, United States Congress, 6th District, Arizona
- James B. Hunt Jr. (B.S. Agricultural Education 1959, M.S. Agricultural Economics 196?), four term Governor of North Carolina
- H. Edward Knox (B.S. Agriculture Education 1960), former State Senator and Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina from 1979–1983.
- William Kerr Scott (1917), North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture, Governor of North Carolina, and United States Senator
- Walter B. Jones (attended 1962–1965), member, United States Congress, 3rd District, North Carolina
- Robert B. Jordan, III (B.S. Forestry, 1954), Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina (1985–1989)
- Nathan Macias (M.A. in Public Administration), Texas politician and retired Lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force
- Patrick McHenry (attended 1997), member, United States Congress, 10th District, North Carolina
- Burley Mitchell (B.A. 1966), former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice
- Wendell H. Murphy (B.S. Agriculture 1960), former North Carolina Senate member
- Rajendra K. Pachauri (M.S. Industrial Engineering 1972, Ph.D. Industrial Engineering and Economics 1975), chaired the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.
- Hisham Qandil (PhD Water Resources), Prime Minister of Egypt
- Steve Troxler (B.S. Conservation 1974), North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture and consumer services
- June Atkinson (Ed.D. Education 1996), North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction
Science and technology
- Marshall Brain (M.S. Computer Science 1989, Instructor 1986–1992), founder of HowStuffWorks
- David Carroll (B.S. Physics 1985), Director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University
- James Goodnight (B.S. Applied Mathematics 1965, M.S. Experimental Statistics 1968, Ph.D. Statistics 1972, Faculty member 1972–1976), CEO of SAS Institute
- Wes Jackson (Ph.D. Genetics 1967), founder of The Land Institute.
- Munir Ahmad Khan (M.S. Nuclear Engineering), director of Pakistan's atomic bomb programmes.
- John S. Mayo (B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Electrical Engineering), engineer and seventh president of Bell Labs.
- Bill Nussey (B.S. Electrical Engineering 1987), former Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Da Vinci Systems.
- Katharine Stinson (B.S. Mechanical Engineering 1941), first female engineering graduate, first female engineer hired by Federal Aviation Administration.
- Anand Lal Shimpi (B.S. Electrical Engineering 2004), founder of AnandTech.
- Mark Templeton (Bachelor of Environmental Design 1975), President and CEO of Citrix Systems.
Chief executives of the University
- Alexander Q. Holladay 1889–1899
- George T. Winston 1899–1908
- Daniel H. Hill, Jr. 1908–1916
- Wallace Carl Riddick 1916–1923
- Eugene C. Brooks 1923–1934
Dean of Administration
- John W. Harrelson 1934–1945
- John W. Harrelson 1945–1953
- Carey Hoyt Bostian 1953–1959
- John T. Caldwell 1959–1975
- Jackson A. Rigney (interim) 1975
- Joab Thomas 1975–1981
- Nash Winstead (interim) 1981–1982
- Bruce Poulton 1982–1989
- Larry K. Monteith 1989–1998
- Marye Anne Fox 1998–2004
- Robert A. Barnhardt (interim) 2004
- James L. Oblinger 2005–2009
- James H. Woodward (interim) 2009–2010
- William R. Woodson 2010–present
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- "Obama picks his communications team". CNN. 22 November 2008. Retrieved 21 December 2008.
- Nobel Peace Prize Laureates 2007
- NCSU College of Engineering News, Fall 1995
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