Smedes York talks about NC State being at the forefront of knowledge building for world problem solving. Interview on March 15, 2012. (2:03)


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Well what people need to know as this world grows 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:04.443
and country grows and the specific knowledge 00:00:04.443 - 00:00:08.893
to solve these problems, NC State is at the forefront of that. 00:00:08.893 - 00:00:13.095
I strongly believe, and we have strong liberal arts at NC State, but when you get into 00:00:13.095 - 00:00:18.012
engineering and people say like textiles, well we may not have the plants but remember everybody's wearing something, 00:00:18.012 - 00:00:25.381
so we're doing a whole lot of research in new products there. But just in the evolving technological 00:00:25.381 - 00:00:31.896
world NC State is perfectly positioned 00:00:31.896 - 00:00:35.574
and it's become really the place to be. 00:00:35.574 - 00:00:42.021
Used to be that some of our friends at UNC used to call us "Cow College" 00:00:42.021 - 00:00:50.054
but I haven't heard that much lately, you know, with all the research in agricultural products and in textiles, 00:00:50.054 - 00:00:59.024
and the technology and math and physics, and all that it is positioned, and it's in a great 00:00:59.024 - 00:01:06.417
community and a great city. So you think an urban campus 00:01:06.417 - 00:01:10.703
with the initiative of the Centennial Campus and the school of veterinary medicine; 00:01:10.703 - 00:01:15.083
it's so well positioned. And we've got a great leader in Randy Woodson, 00:01:15.083 - 00:01:19.884
so I wouldn't put my money on any other university. 00:01:19.884 - 00:01:23.721
But I think NC State has come up tremendously 00:01:23.721 - 00:01:28.678
relative to all the universities in terms of perception and reality, 00:01:28.678 - 00:01:33.215
but it was a good engineering school and the agricultural and textiles 00:01:33.215 - 00:01:40.628
but it was not the diversity and the total picture like it is today. 00:01:40.628 - 00:01:46.076
It doesn't seem like that long ago when I was there, but it was. 00:01:46.076 - 00:01:51.104
Time moves on, doesn't it? 00:01:51.104 - 00:01:55.687

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