Michael D. “Mike” Boyette Undergraduate Endowment

Ask a student about their time in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and they’re likely to name a couple of faculty and courses that defined their time in Weaver Labs. A name that consistently ranks at the top: Dr. Michael Boyette.

For 20 years, he has taught the senior design capstone course in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE). A strong believer in undergraduate research, Boyette encourages his students to think outside of the box and see engineering problems through a different perspective.

After more than 35 years in the department, Dr. Michael Boyette started phased retirement summer 2020.

His impact on the field of biological and agricultural engineering will be felt for years to come. To continue the spirit of his work and dedication to undergraduate and graduate students, the Michael D. “Mike” Boyette Undergraduate Endowment will be created in his name.

Having taught the last 20 years of senior design, Dr. Boyette has made a lasting impact on the most recent classes of graduates of our program. Please consider making a donation to support this endowment as a way to honor Dr. Boyette. You are welcome to give to the Biological & Agricultural Engineering Enrichment fund with a note signifying that the donation is specific to the Dr. Boyette Endowment.

Please keep this endowment in mind to support undergraduates in Biological Engineering and Biological & Agricultural Engineering Technology at NC State University. While we have surpassed our initial $50,000 goal, donations in honor of Dr. Boyette are still welcome so that we can support even more undergraduate students.

(1) Click on the “Give Now” red button. (2) Enter the amount in the area for “Biological & Agricultural Eng Enrichment”. (3) Complete your personal information. (4) Click the box “This is an honorary or memorial gift” and indicate that this gift is to support the Boyette Endowment. 

Dr. Michael D. Boyette, P.E. is a Philip Morris Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and a licensed Professional Engineer. Dr. Boyette proudly received all three of his degrees from NC State. He earned his bachelor’s and doctorate in BAE and his M.S. in the Department of Wood and Paper Science. Before joining NC State as an extension specialist, he worked for six years as a design engineer in the Nuclear Products division of Rockwell International Corp. He became a full professor and was named a Philip Morris Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering in 1999.