Barbara Mulkey, P.E.


As Director, Barbara is passionate about the Center’s mission to develop the next generation of values-based leaders. She feels an urgency to spread the word to pre-college and college students about the importance of identifying their foundational values and developing themselves as leaders as they prepare for their careers and lives.

Barbara has long been connected with NC State, including serving as the Chair of the Board of Trustees and as the Vice Chair of the Board of Visitors, as well as serving on the Entrepreneurship Alliance Board of Advisors and the College of Engineering Foundation Board.

A Licensed Professional Engineer, Barbara holds a Master’s in Structural Engineering and a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from NC State. She started her career at the NC Department of Transportation as a bridge design engineer. She worked for several engineering consulting firms in the area as a structural engineer, progressing to Senior VP of Business Development. In 1993, she founded Mulkey Engineers & Consultants, which grew to become one of the Top 500 Engineering Firms in the U.S., according to Engineering News-Record.

Volunteering has always been a given for Barbara, especially when the experiences focus on encouraging women to excel in STEM professions and supporting the engineering field in general.