Lauren Davis, Ph.D., and Tonya Smith-Jackson from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University have been inducted into North Carolina State University’s Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Alumni Hall of Fame. Davis was the sole recipient of the 2023 Outstanding Young Alumni Award, having mentored over 40 graduate engineering students and published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. Smith-Jackson, who was one of four to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, has held various positions at the university, from professor and chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering to her current role as provost and executive vice chancellor of Academic Affairs.
North Carolina A&T Faculty Inducted into N.C. State University’s Engineering Alumni Hall of Fame
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s Lauren Davis, Ph.D., a professor of industrial and systems engineering, and Tonya Smith-Jackson, provost and executive vice chancellor of Academic Affairs, have been honored with induction into North Carolina State University’s Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Alumni Hall of Fame.
Davis received the 2023 Outstanding Young Alumni Award, recognizing her distinguished contribution to professional practice and service within 20 years of graduation. She has positively impacted engineering, mentoring over 40 industrial and systems engineering master’s and doctoral students.
“My education and experiences at N.C. State University have shaped the future of industrial engineering,” said Davis. “I use my foundation from my alma mater to inspire and guide the next generation of industrial engineers.”
Davis’s research has been featured in 28 peer-reviewed journals, three book chapters, and over 40 refereed conference proceedings. She is also a board member for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.
Smith-Jackson received the Distinguished Alumni Award for her significant contributions to her profession, community, and university over 20 years since graduation.
“N.C. State University has been the cornerstone of my academic journey,” said Smith-Jackson. “Their commitment to excellence has empowered me to bridge the gap between industrial engineering and psychology.”
She joined A&T in 2013, enhancing enrollment growth, research awards, international visibility, and alumni donor participation as a professor and chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.
About North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, the nation’s largest historically Black university, is one of the top 25 “Most Innovative” universities in America (U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges 2024). Widely recognized for its leadership in producing graduates in engineering, agriculture, and other STEM fields, the university was established in 1891 and is located in Greensboro, North Carolina.