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Dr. Louis A. Martin-Vega is the Dean of Engineering at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. With more than 8,500 students, 700 faculty and staff, and $129 million in annual research expenditures, NC State’s College of Engineering is internationally recognized for the excellence of its research, education and outreach programs. In 2008, the College received an $18.5 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish FREEDM, an Engineering Research Center focused on developing the next generation of distribution and management systems for renewable energy sources.
Martin-Vega came to NC State in 2006 after spending five years as dean of engineering at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. He has also held several prestigious positions at NSF including acting head of its Engineering Directorate and director of NSF’s Division of Design, Manufacture and Industrial Innovation. He has also served as chairman of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Lehigh University, Lockheed Professor in the College of Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology and held tenured faculty positions at the University of Florida and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 journal articles, book chapters and other publications and has made numerous keynote and related presentations at national and international forums.