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Pippin Payne

e5x Entrepreneurship Scholar and NC State Entrepreneurship Scholar

Pippin is a senior double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Religious Studies. He also is pursuing a minor in Business Administration from the Poole College of Management.

Pippin’s campus involvement includes being the Student President of the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenge Scholars Program, a program designed to better develop the next generation of engineering leaders. He is also involved in Consult Your Community, a student organization that provides pro-bono consulting services to local small businesses and non-profits. At NC State, Pippin has served as a business analyst and engagement manager, and he has also served on the national leadership team as a National Innovation Analyst.
Additionally, Pippin is the co-founder of Peak Coffee Processing, an internationally recognized social venture that works to make the coffee industry more sustainable. In 2019, Peak Coffee Processing was awarded 2nd place at the Global Grand Challenges Summit for startups developed by undergraduate engineers, and it also finished in the top 10 environmental groups at the University Startup World Cup, competing against more than 270 startups from 65 countries.