Joe LoBuglio joined NCSSM in August of 2012, the same year the department of Engineering and Computer Science was created. He has contributed to shaping and developing courses covering a wide range of engineering and computer science topics and has helped the school reach the broader North Carolina community through his participation in Labs for Learning, the Summer Symposium, and the Accelerator program, as well as helping develop engineering curriculum as part of a Race to the Top initiative. He can sometimes be found after hours talking about rockets or robots with student teams. Now, as dean of the department, Joe works to promote engineering and computer science statewide. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University, a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Leland Stanford Junior University, and a doctorate in environmental sciences and engineering from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.