Four NCSU College of Sciences faculty members were honored as Goodnight Innovative Distinguished faculty in a ceremony on 26 November 2018. Dr. Jim Goodnight, co-founder and CEO of SAS, and his wife Ann are long-time supporters of NC State, generously donating to the university. Dr. Goodnight is an NCSU alumnus.
Goodnight Innovative faculty honored a the ceremony were Drs. Phil Castellano, Harald Ade, Roy He, and Fred Wright. NCSU Chancellor Randy Woodson presented the award plaques, and College of Sciences Dean Chris McGahan spoke.
As a token of appreciation, Dr. He presented the Goodnights with a print of the submersible Alvin, operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Dr. He has himself dove in Alvin, to 2800 m deep in the Gulf of Mexico.