Evelyn Brown is the director of extension research and development for NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES). She leads the research and development effort and works to develop relationships with faculty whose research interests can be applied to solve problems for North Carolina businesses. Evelyn’s efforts also focus on creating opportunities for faculty and students to work on federal, state and agency funded grants in partnership with IES. She is part of the evaluation services team at IES that provides formative and summative assessment for statewide projects and grant-funded projects. Evelyn comes to IES after 18 years in academia. She has a B.S. in mathematics, an M.S. in operations research and a Ph. D. in systems engineering. She currently serves on the advisory board of the NAF Engineering Academy at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School and the East Carolina University Department of Engineering advisory board. She has served as an ABET evaluator since 2011.