Daniel Stancil

Alcoa Distinguished Professor Department Head
 Engineering Building II (EB2) 3098
 Campus Box 7911


Daniel D. Stancil is the Alcoa Distinguished Professor and Head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at North Carolina State University. His early interest in radios and electronics launched an engineering career that has been--and continues to be--fun and rewarding. Along the way he picked up engineering degrees from Tennessee Tech (B.S.E.E.) and MIT (M.S., E.E. and Ph.D.). He has spent many years as a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at both Carnegie Mellon University and NC State. While at CMU he served as Associate Head of the ECE Department, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering. He has been Department Head at NC State since 2009.

His research has included such varied topics as magnetic films, optics, microwaves, wireless channels, antennas, remote labs, and particle physics. Technology for distributing wireless signals through HVAC ducts that Dr. Stancil and his students developed has been installed in such major buildings as Chicago's Trump Towers and McCormick Place Convention Center. The demonstration of neutrino communications by a multidisciplinary team coordinated by Dr. Stancil was recognized by Physics World Magazine as one of the top 10 Physics Breakthroughs of 2012. Additional recognitions that his work has received have included an IR 100 Award and a Photonics Circle of Excellence Award. Dr. Stancil is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a past-president of the IEEE Magnetics Society.

When not thinking about engineering, he divides his time between hiking with his wife, playing the euphonium, and amateur radio.


  • Bachelor's 1976
    Electrical Engineering
    Tennessee Technological University
  • Master's 1978
    Electrical Engineering
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D. 1981
    Electrical Engineering
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Focus

  • Communications and Signal Processing
  • Digital Communications
  • Electronic Circuits and Systems
  • Electromagnetic Fields / Antenna Analysis
  • Microwave Devices and Circuits
  • Physical Electronics, Photonics & Magnetics
  • Optical Materials and Photonic Devices


    Past President
  • IEEE
  • IEEE Magnetics Society
    Past President
  • IBM Q at NC State
    Executive Director

Awards & Honors

  • 2009 - NC State ECE Department Head
  • 2004 - IEEE Fellow

Recent News

NC State Names Executive Director, Chief Scientist for IBM Q Hub

Posted on January 8, 2019 | Filed Under: News

NC State recently named two leaders for the new IBM Quantum Computing Hub on Centennial Campus.

This post was originally published in NC State News.

ECE Announces Centennial Scholarship Endowment

Posted on November 1, 2018 | Filed Under: News

Dr. Daniel D. and Mrs. Katherine E. Stancil established and endowed a scholarship for the NC State Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2018.  Named the ECE Centennial Scholarship Endowment, the fund will provide scholarship …

Broadening Participation in Engineering at NC State

Posted on September 8, 2018 | Filed Under: Events

On September 7, 2018, experts from all corners of engineering education came together at NC State University to discuss the challenges and solutions for finding ways to broaden participation in engineering to underrepresented groups. Hosted …

Recent Media Mentions

A Case for Factoring Tech Transfer Activities into Promotion and Tenure Decisions

November 7, 2019

In a panel discussion at AUTM’s 2019 Eastern Region Meeting, Laura Schoppe from Fuentek, Daniel Stancil from North Carolina State University and Justin Streuli from University of North Carolina at Greensboro made a compelling case as to why academic committees should consider tech transfer activities when making promotion and tenure (P&T) decisions about faculty.


New roadside scattering model to improve vehicle-to-vehicle communication for intelligent transportation systems

July 18, 2013

Researchers from Trinity College, NC State University and General Motors have developed a model to improve the clarity of the vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) transmissions needed to realize an intelligent transportation system. Dan Stancil, electrical and computer engineering, featured.


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