CSC News

November 22, 2010

Brain to Speak at Fall 2010 Diploma Ceremony

The NC State University Computer Science Department will hold its Fall Diploma Ceremony on Friday, December 17th at 7 p.m. in the main auditorium at Hope Community Church, located at 821 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh (directions).

We are honored to have alumnus Marshall Brain (M.S. ‘89) serve as our keynote speaker.
Marshall Brain is most widely known as the founder of HowStuffWorks, an award-winning resource website that offers clear, objective and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world around us actually works. The site, which he created as a hobby in 1998, has won countless awards including recognition in 2002 on PC Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Classic Web Sites, Time Magazine’s list of Top 50 Web Sites, and Yahoo! Internet Life’s award as the "Best Science & Technology Resource".
In addition to being a successful entrepreneur and consultant, Brain is also the author of more than a dozen books including Manna, How Much Does the Earth Weigh?, and The Teenager's Guide to the Real World, now in its tenth printing and selected for the New York Public Library's prestigious “Books for the Teen Age” list.
An accomplished speaker with an uncanny ability to deliver complex material in a manner that is easily understood by audiences of all types, Brain is a regular guest on radio and TV programs nationwide. He has been featured on CNN, CNN Headline News, Modern Marvels, Martha Stewart Living Radio, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2007, he was featured as the host of the National Geographic channel’s "Who Knew? With Marshall Brain", a series of one-hour fact-filled episodes taking the viewer on a journey into the world of product design, manufacturing and testing.
Brain earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic University and a M.S. in Computer Science from NC State University, where he taught computer science for six years. He was selected as a member of the NC State University Academy of Outstanding Teachers. He resides in Cary, NC with his wife, Leigh, and their four children.
Approximately 145 graduates are expected to receive their degrees during the ceremony.
Our special thanks go to Cisco Systems, the NC State Engineering Foundation, and the ePartners Program for their generous sponsorship of this event.
For the convenience of guests who might require overnight accommodations, there are a number of hotels located in the immediate area. For more information, click here.
NOTE TO GRADUATES: There are several ways to commemorate this special occasion. As each graduate is handed his/her diploma, a professional photographer will take his/her picture. A free color proof will be sent to each graduate’s current mailing address, including a password for online viewing. There is no obligation to purchase prints. To receive email notification when photos are online, please visit to pre-register. If a proof is not received within a week of the ceremony, please contact or call 1-800-722-7033.
In addition, Hope Community Church provides professional AV capabilities allowing for live broadcast of the ceremony from multiple camera angles. DVDs of the ceremony are available for a nominal $25 processing fee (click here for order form).
Finally, we invite you to help us build the engineering “pathway to the future” by laying a personalized brick in honor of your graduation for the Engineering Building II (EB2) walkway. Each brick is $150, will hold three lines of text with up to 18 characters per line. Bricks will be installed in front of EB2 where they will become a permanent part of our history. To order your commemorative brick, please click here.


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