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Alum Frank Culberson Selected to Receive a Watauga Medal

Doris and Frank Culberson
Doris and Frank Culberson

Alumnus S. Frank Culberson will receive one of three Watauga Medals the university will award in March. Given annually since 1975, the Medal recognizes extraordinary service and commitment to the university and is the university’s highest nonacademic honor.

A native of Siler City, NC, Culberson earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1960 and his MBA from the University of Houston in 1966. Culberson is the retired chair and a director of Rimkus Consulting Group, a forensic consulting and engineering firm headquartered in Houston, Texas. He’s a member of the AIChE and a registered professional engineer in Florida, Arizona and Texas.

Culberson and his wife Doris have funded a variety of scholarships and named professorships in the College of Engineering, including two CBE professorships they established in 2011 with a gift of $1 million. Most recently, they donated funds to the College of Engineering to help fund construction of Fitts-Woolard Hall, the newest planned Engineering building on Centennial Campus.

Culberson is a past president of the NC State Engineering Foundation Board of Directors and was a chair of the “NC State Achieve!” capital campaign. He’s the College of Engineering’s chair for the university’s “Think and Do the Extraordinary” campaign. He received the NC State University Foundation’s Menscer Cup in 2011 and the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award in 2002.

Congratulations to Mr. Culberson for this well-deserved honor, and thank you and your wife for your generous support of our Department!

Portions of this article were written by Suzanne Stanard, Internal Communications Lead in University Communications.