Alanna Propst is a junior at NC State University studying Political Science. Alanna has found happiness at NC State by being involved and leading one of the largest student organizations on campus, Dance Marathon. She is actively involved in the community, including leading a Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change Award winning conference called Triangle Youth Leadership, serving within NC State's student government for 3 years, and serving as a residential coach and community leader within NC State's on-campus Impact Leadership Village for 3 years. Lastly, Alanna is an active leadership chair and sister in Kappa Delta sorority chapter located at NC State.
Christopher Lawing is a junior at NC State University studying Industrial Design. Believing that inspiration from the past positively affects the future, Christopher strives to implement knowledge of the past into his work. His passions include taking pride in and serving in an active role within his community. Christopher currently serves as the Chairman of the NC State Student Government Traditions Commission and is the incoming Vice-President of the Alumni Association Student Ambassador Program.
Morgan Parrish is a sophomore at NC State, within the College of Design's School of Architecture. Morgan is attending school in the hopes of one day creating buildings that impact lives for the better. She hopes to design spaces that connect visitors with each other, their inner selves, and the vast world God has placed them in. Aside from her schooling, she serves as the Chapter Coordinator for the Raleigh Chapter of Architecture for Humanity.
Nancy Thai is a senior at NC State University studying Human Biology and Nutrition. Her interests include photography as photography provides for capturing and sharing ordinary things in extraordinary ways. Nancy also enjoys living life as an adventure and intentionally connecting with the people she meets. Her journey through college has brought her greater understanding and reflection on the importance of relationships, especially the relationships you have with yourself.
Dr. Richard Spontak is an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering and the 2012 Lars Onsager Professor at the Norwegian University of Science & Technology. He earned his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and pursued post-doctoral research at Cambridge University. For his research regarding soft nanostructured materials, he received the American Chemical Society Cooperative Research Award in Polymer Science and the Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award, the German Society for Electron Microscopy Ernst Ruska Price and the Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining Colwyn Medal. A fellow of the American Physical Society, he has also received the UNC Board of Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.