Director: Mark Miller
Coach Mark Miller is actively involved in all training sessions for each NRBA student. In addition, Coach Miller relies upon staff members to assist him who are trained and qualified to teach, challenge, motivate and encourage students to reach their full potential.
Coach Miller's Bio:
Coach Miller currently serves as Director of Sport’s Outreach for North Ridge Church in Raleigh, NC. He is also Founder and Director of North Ridge Basketball Academy. Coach Miller is highly respected as a clinician, camp director and motivational speaker. His knowledge of the game of basketball and his ability to teach the fundamentals are tremendous strengths. Throughout Coach Miller's career, many of his former players/students have gone on to sign college scholarships and to play professionally, but his main focus has always remained the same: to use the game of basketball as a training ground in helping young people develop the skills necessary, on and off the court, to be successful in life.
Coach Miller began his coaching career as the Junior Varsity Coach at Wheeler High School in Marietta, GA, a large 4A public school in metro Atlanta. After posting an impressive two-year JV record of
25-7, Coach Miller, at age 24, was elevated to the Head Varsity position. He would go on to direct the Wheeler Program for the next seven years. During his last four seasons, Miller's teams posted an outstanding 74-30 overall record. His 1991 team advanced to the quarterfinals of the Georgia Class 4A State Championships.
After Wheeler, Coach Miller entered the collegiate ranks with stops as an Assistant Coach at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, TN and Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. In 1992, TN Temple University captured the NCCAA District 2 Championship. In 1993, with Miller joining the staff, Liberty's recruiting class was ranked #1 in the Big South Conference by Bob Gibbons of the All-Star Sports Report. In 1994, Liberty won the Big South Conference Championship earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. In the East Regional, Liberty faced #1 seed North Carolina and legendary coach Dean Smith.
Following Liberty, Coach Miller decided to return to the high school ranks to spend more time with his family. In 1995, he took over the reins of the basketball program at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, NC. Ravenscroft had suffered through 14 consecutive losing seasons prior to Miller's arrival. Under Miller's leadership, Ravenscroft won back-to-back TISAC Championships and was a 4-time state independent playoff qualifier and 3-time playoff quarterfinalist.
Beginning in 1997, while at Ravenscroft, Coach Miller helped establish and began directing Hoop Heaven Basketball Camp which would become a very successful summer camping and urban outreach program, based in New York City. Coach Miller guided and directed the growing Hoop Heaven program on a full-time basis from 2000-2004. He also began traveling overseas conducting basketball camps and clinics in the Philippines, Bhutan and Kosovo.
In 2004, Coach Miller founded MINA Ministries, and began to invest his time in the personal development of men and women as a personnel consultant and life coach. With the opening of the North Ridge Basketball Academy in 2009, Coach Miller returns his focus to the game of basketball and to his vision of providing a program where first class basketball instruction is combined with personal character development so that young people can truly reach their full potential. Coach Miller is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and is a lifetime member of the Cambridge Who's Who Registry of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs. He lives in Raleigh, NC with his wife, Tamra and three sons Dustin, Nathan and Luke.
What Others Are Saying About Coach Miller:
"Mark Miller is a man of integrity that will give you the truth straight from the heart. In a world filled with flim-flam, it’s refreshing to see a coach honor the values of faith and action."
ACC & NBA Champion
ACC Legend of the Game
ESPN TV Analyst
"I am delighted to see the robust passion, commanding expertise and humble leadership of Coach Mark Miller manifest in and through North Ridge Basketball Academy. Places like this should be invested in, populated and championed."
Coach Morris Michalski
Basketball Specialist/Athletes in Action
Chaplain-U.S.A. Olympic Team
"It is amazing to watch Coach Miller and his staff take a ‘diamond in the rough player’ and turn him or her into a fundamentally sound player. If you are a middle or high school player who would like to improve your skill level, this is the place for you!"
Legendary High School Coach
609-156 Career Record w/8 State Championships
Sport’s Illustrated Merit Award Winner
Numerous State and National Coach of the Year Awards
NC Sports Hall of Fame Inductee
"Coach Miller’s passion, creativity, and attention to detail make him one of the finest coaches I have ever been around. Trust me, you will grow as a player under Coach Miller’s instruction. I did."
NCAA Div. III National Champion/ Player of the Year
Former Pro Player
"If you are serious about your development as a basketball player, you need to get in the gym with Coach Miller. You will reach a level as a player that you never thought you could."
North Raleigh Christian Academy
2008 NCISAA Coach of the Year
"Coach Miller is the most enthusiastic camp director I have ever worked with. His instruction rivals and surpasses the 5-Star
Basketball Camps that produce many college and professional players. His work ethic and teaching young people basketball and Christian values is second to none."
Dr. George Barber
Head Coach-Greenville College
Former NCAA Div. 1 National Champion
"Meeting Coach Miller changed my life in many positive ways and I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to play basketball in college on a full scholarship. He inspired me to be a better person not just on the court, but in everyday life as well."
2-time NAIA Champions of Character Winner
Former Pro Player
"Coach Miller has a relentless passion and energy for the game of basketball. It is only exceeded by his knowledge of the game, and his ability to communicate that knowledge with others."
Coach Art Wilmore
2-time NCCAA National Champion
University San Francisco Hall of Fame Inductee
Associate Director: Seth Huber
What Coach Miller Says About Seth Huber:
"Seth Huber is an outstanding educator. His passion, expertise, and ability to communicate the game of basketball at every level are a rare combination. I have partnered in sport's ministry with him for years, and consider his talents and abilities to be second to none. He is a man of extreme integrity who will challenge and motivate our students toward excellence. The NRBA is truly blessed to have his leadership."
Coach Huber's Bio:
Seth Huber currently serves as Associate Director of the NRBA focusing on curriculum development and international outreach expansion. Coach Huber is a Liberty University graduate where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. He is a licensed physical educator for grades Pre-K through 12th, and has been a public shool instructor for the past five years. During that tenure, he developed a physical education program emphasizing individual skill acquisition, progression, and refinement through explanation, demonstration, and repetition.
Coach Huber has been extensively involved in the game of basketball as a player and a coach internationally, interscholastically, and recreationally. He’s developed into an exceptional motivator, teacher, and communicator in regards to coaching.
Coach Huber has had experience coaching various levels of basketball in multiple settings. He was a high school boy’s basketball coach at a private school in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he compiled a winning record. He has also taught the game of basketball domestically and internationally through clinics and camps coordinating fundamental skill teaching stations. He worked as a skills coach, team coach, and league commissioner for multiple summers at Hoop Heaven Camp in New York. In addition, he has coached in various youth leagues throughout his career.
Coach Huber is also an exceptional player, and has competed in the United States, Guatemala, El Salvador, and the Philippines as a member of travel teams for both Athletes in Action and Hoop Heaven.
Coach Huber is an innate educator and coach who continues to pursue and explore opportunities to advance his abilities and experiences. He currently resides in Raleigh, NC.
Lead Player Development Instructor: Nathan Miller
What Coach Miller Says About Nathan Miller:
"Nathan Miller is an exceptional teacher of the game, and a student favorite at the NRBA. Having grown up around coaches and in basketball instructional environments, he is able to communicate to players those skills and habits that lead to success. His work ethic is unparalleled, and that drive, energy and excitement are contagious elements of his teaching. He is also a young man committed to his faith, and to challenging others to reach their full potential. It is a unique privilege to partner with my son in impacting young people in a positive way."
Coach Nathan Miller's Bio:
Nathan Miller currently serves as the NRBA's Lead Player Development Instructor focusing on staff development, 1-1, small group and camp instruction. Nathan is a 2009 graduate of North Raleigh Christian Academy. As a senior, Nathan was one of the leading scorers in North Carolina averaging 26.2 points, 5 assists, and 3 steals per game. He was also a 3-time All-Conference selection and 3-time North Raleigh Christian Academy MVP. He is currently NRCA's all-time leading scorer finishing his high school career with over 1,300 points, 350 assists, and 250 steals. Nathan also graduated with a 4.0 GPA and garnered many academic awards as well.
In April 2009, Nathan signed a letter of intent to continue his athletic and academic career at Southern Wesleyan University. SWU is located in Central, SC and competes in the highly competitive NAIA Division 1 Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC). Nathan's college coach, Coach Wimphrie, summed up his abilities in this statement: “Nate is a prolific scorer with deep range and accuracy. He has excellent ball-handling skills along with great court vision and passing ability. I anticipate Nate competing for a starting position as a freshman. My goal is to find more student athletes like Nate Miller who embraces our mission here at Southern Wesleyan University.”
As a freshman, Nathan was named to the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) All-Freshmen Team and was the starting point guard on a much improved SWU team. Nathan led his team in assists, and was one of the finest 3 point shooters in the SSAC and the NAIA at over 43%. Nathan was also named to the Dean's List his first two semesters at SWU. As a sophomore, Nathan was named a Captain and his leadership on and off the court were instrumental in SWU's return to winning success. He again led SWU in assists and continued his reputation as an accurate shooter and scoring threat. He was also the team’s recipient of the prestigious NAIA Champion of Character Award, and was named an NAIA/SSAC Academic All-American. As a junior, Nate's season was cut short due to a season ending knee injury. At the time of his injury, the Warriors were 7-2 and heading toward one of the most successful seasons in recent SWU history. Nate's leadership, shooting accuracy, and 14 point scoring average were critical to the team's success. With Nate sidelined, the Warriors struggled to find a winning chemistry and ended with only 9 wins for the season. Nate continued his commitment to excellence in the classroom and was again named an NAIA/SSAC Academic All-American. Following surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation process, Nate has worked hard in preparation for his senior season. "We are so proud of Nate. He is a warrior in every respect. He is an example to all our students of a young man committed to excellence on the court, in the classroom and as a follower of Jesus Christ." Coach Miller
Nathan honed his skills growing up a coach's son, spending his summers participating in camps across the country, and at Hoop Heaven Camp in New York, competing against outstanding athletes and players. From that experience, he developed an incredible fundamental foundation in the game, an unparalleled work ethic, and a passionate competitive spirit that continues to drive him toward success. In addition, Nathan's ability to teach and communicate the game at a high level has become a tremendous strength that others are taking note of.
For information and updates on Nathan's senior season and collegiate career, visit the Southern Wesleyan University website at: www.swu.edu
Player Development Instructor: Raina Smith
What Coach Miller Says About Raina Smith:
"The NRBA is so fortunate to have Raina as part of our staff. I was impressed with her commitment to excellence from the moment I met her. She recognizes the enormous responsibility that working with young people brings, and as a result, provides an incredible positive example for all our students to follow. Raina is a gifted communicator and teacher; her knowledge of the game and her enthusiasm teaching it are a tremendous asset to this ministry."
Coach Raina Smith's Bio:
Raina Smith currently serves as a Player Development Instructor at the NRBA focusing on 1-1, small group and camp instruction. Raina is from Raleigh, NC where, as a high school student/athlete, she attended and graduated from Ravenscroft School. While at Ravenscroft, she was a two-sport standout. As a softball player, Raina led her team to the 2004 NCISAA State Championship while garnering All-Conference and All-State honors. In addition, she was named the News and Observer’s ‘Home Run Queen.’ As a basketball player, Raina was part of the tradition rich Ravenscroft program where she started as a senior averaging nine points, twelve rebounds and 6.3 assists per game. Her performance on the court earned her the school’s Most Improved Player Award.
Raina began her collegiate career at Hawaii Pacific University where she was named to the Dean’s List with a 3.5 GPA. Following her freshmen year, Raina transferred to NCAA Div. II Barry University in Miami Shores, FL and immediately found a home with the Lady Buccaneers. She was an integral part of the 2008-09 Barry basketball team that achieved the highest NCAA national ranking (13th in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll) in school’s history. Raina was an honor roll student at Barry, and also the team’s representative on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). While at Barry, Raina played for veteran coach Bill Sullivan who summed up her contributions and character in the following statement, “Regardless of the situation, Raina maintained an even-temperament and was filled with optimism and encouragement for her teammates. Raina is a leader on and off the court, is extremely unselfish, and always placed the team above her own desires. Raina has a tremendous work ethic and was one of our hardest workers. Each season she would spend extra hours in the gym trying to improve her game.”
In addition to her academic and athletic achievements, Raina has always been actively involved in her community and has an incredible desire to help meet the needs of others. She has been involved in several community service projects such as teaching basketball skills to inner city boys and girls at the Miami Rescue Mission; helping raise money to buy and deliver gifts to underprivileged kids during Christmas vacation; and helping build houses with Habitat for Humanity. She also served as a camp counselor for the City of Raleigh Department of Parks and Recreation for many years.
Raina continues to pursue her dream of playing professionally, and is also committed to continuing her education at the Master's level. She currently resides in Raleigh, NC.
Player Development Instructor: Luke Miller
What Coach Miller Says About Luke Miller:
“Luke is a talented and gifted young teacher who has the ability to communicate and relate to NRBA students in a powerful way. Luke has spent most of his life on the court in instructional settings, and has always competed against older players. The maturity gained from that experience gives him an edge as a player and instructor. He has a gift and a heart for sport’s evangelism, and will continue to be an important asset to the future of this ministry.”
Coach Luke Miller's Bio:
Luke Miller currently serves as a Player Development Instructor at the NRBA focusing on 1-1, small group and camp instruction. Luke is the NRBA’s youngest instructor, and has grown up around the game of basketball and sport’s ministry. He is often seen around the NRBA, and when available, jumps right in to help instruct students or to set the example of what proper technique and work ethic looks like. Luke is known for his passion and dedication to the game, but more importantly, to his Savior. It is that passion that makes him a natural fit at the NRBA.
Luke was a member of the Varsity Basketball Team at North Raleigh Christian Academy since his freshmen year. In the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, Luke had the opportunity to play with his older brother Nathan. Together they formed a solid backcourt for the Knights. During the 2009-2010 season, Luke not only took over an increased scoring role (12 pts. /game), but as team Captain, he also stepped up as a leader on and off the floor. As a senior, Luke was instrumental in leading his team, again as Captain, to a school record 18 wins and a second consecutive trip to the state tournament. He averaged 15 points, and 3 assists/game while shooting almost 45% from behind the 3 point arc for the season. Luke was also honored as the 2011 Coach’s Award recipient for the Knights with the coaches citing his work ethic, leadership and mentorship as key factors in the team’s success. He is respected as an unselfish player, a fundamentally sound competitor, an excellent decision maker and an outstanding shooter. Luke was also a high school honor student carrying a 4.0 GPA.
It has been Luke's goal his entire life to play basketball at the college level. He has worked very hard to make this dream become a reality. In April 2011, Luke signed a letter of intent to continue his athletic and academic career at Emmanuel College. Emmanuel is located in Franklin Springs, GA and competes in the highly competitive NAIA Division 1 Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC). As a freshmen starter for the Lions, Luke played a significant role in the team's success and eventual advancement to the NCCAA Championship Game at Grace College in Winona Lake, IN. Luke's achievements as an outstanding team player, defender, perimeter scorer (3rd leading scorer for the Lions), and accurate long range shooter were recognized by opposing coaches as he was named to the SSAC All-Freshmen Team. Luke was also recognized for his work in the classroom being named to the Dean's List both semesters. "We are incredibly proud of Luke's accomplishments this past year. He is an example to all our students of how hard work prepares you for success in every area of life." Coach Miller
For information and updates on Luke's sophomore year and collegiate career, visit the Emmanuel College website at:
Player Development Instructor: Trey Patton
What Coach Miller Says About Trey Patton:
"Trey is an exceptional young man who has become a regular fixture here at the NRBA. His love for the game, his work ethic, and his integrity set him apart from most young men. He is an incredible role model for all of our students and has developed into an excellent teacher of the game. I am excited to have him join our staff, and to watching how God uses him to impact the lives of our students."
Coach Trey Patton's Bio:
Trey Patton currently serves as a Player Development Instructor at the NRBA focusing on 1-1, small group and camp instruction. Trey is currently a senior at North Raleigh Christian Academy in Raleigh, NC. As a sophomore on the varsity team, he played a reserve role on an NRCA team that went 18-8 making the state playoffs for the second consecutive year. As a junior, Trey was again a key contributor to the team's advancement to the state playoffs. As a senior starter, Trey will be looked upon to lead the Knights to their first conference championship and yet another state playoff berth. Trey is an outstanding shooter and scorer, and at 6’ 3’’ is comfortable playing both guard and forward positions. Trey has an exceptional work ethic and continues to diligently pursue his goal of playing at the collegiate level.
Trey is the oldest of three children and is a big UNC fan! He also has a strong connection to the NRBA as the first student ever enrolled in any of the Academy’s instructional programs. Over the past 2½ years Trey has committed himself to building a fundamental foundation in every area of the game. It is that foundation that he is now passing down to other NRBA students as an Instructor. Trey's move from student to staff member also begins a strategy of providing opportunities for NRBA students to grow and develop as Godly leaders and mentors. Because of his growth both as a player and person, Trey was also invited to be a member of the NRBA outreach team to Thailand in the summer of 2011, and will again join an NRBA outreach team to China in the summer of 2013..
You can follow Trey’s senior season at NRCA by logging on to the school’s website at www.nrcaknights.com
Player Development Instructor: Georgia Brown
What Coach Miller Says About Georgia Brown:
"Georgia is an incredible young lady. It has been my privilege and pleasure to train her over the past 4 years. I have always been impressed by her work ethic, dedication and commitment to the game, but I am even more impressed by the strength of her character. Our students, especially our female students, will be blessed by Georgia's leadership and mentorship. She truly is a special girl who loves God with her whole heart, and I am excited to see how God uses her life to impact our students."
Coach Georgia Brown's Bio:
Georgia Brown currently serves as a Player Development Instructor at the NRBA focusing on 1-1, small group and camp instruction. She is currently a senior at North Raleigh Christian Academy in Raleigh, NC. Georgia is an exceptional shooter with a quick release and great range. She also has the ability to take defenders off the dribble and finish at the rim, but it is her mid-range game that truly makes her a complete offensive player. In addition to her ability as a scorer, Georgia is an unselfish player, has excellent ball-handling and passing skills, and is a fundamentally sound defender. As NRCA's team captain she is also valued for her leadership ability, and has lead her team in almost all statistical categories over the past three years. Georgia is the recipient of numerous awards during her high school career including All-Tournament, All-Conference, NRCA MVP, ACSI Outstanding Christian Athlete and Vype Magazine's Athlete of the Month.
In addition to her achievements on the court, Georgia is also an outstanding student holding down an ‘A’ average in a very competitive college preparatory academic program. She has always approached her academic responsibilities with the same hard work and dedication that defines her as an athlete. With Trey Patton, Georgia's move from student to staff member also begins a strategy of providing opportunities for NRBA students to grow and develop as Godly leaders and mentors. Because of her growth both as a player and person, Georgia has been invited to be a member of the NRBA outreach team to China in the summer of 2013.
Georgia's goal is to play at the collegiate level. You can follow her senior season, and her pursuit of that goal by logging on to NRCA's website at www.nrcaknights.com
Player Development Instructor: James Lynch
What Coach Miller Says About James Lynch:
"James is the son of a basketball coach. Having observed his father work with and train players for years, James brings a unique perspective and experience to the NRBA family. More importantly, James is a discipler which makes him a perfect fit for the vision of the NRBA. I am excited about the depth of spiritual insight and understanding that James will be able to provide for all our students and families. It is my privilege to welcome him to the NRBA Staff."
Coach James Lynch's Bio:
James Lynch currently serves as a Player Development Instructor at the NRBA focusing on 1-1, small group and camp instruction. He is a 2008 and 2010 graduate of Liberty University holding a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and a Masters degree in Global Apologetics. James is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics and hopes to complete his dissertation in the next few years. Throughout his secondary education, James has also worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant which has enabled him to have classroom teaching experience as well as one-on-one interaction with students.
In addition to pursuing his education, James is a leadership member at LifeCity Church in Raleigh which launched in 2012 and has a vision to see people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. At LifeCity, he serves as the Sunday Experience and Connections Director which allows him to interact with all of the volunteers and guests that walk through the doors of the church. While serving in church ministry and teaching others the truth of God’s Word is James' calling in life, he has always had a passion for the game of basketball and has been involved in the game since a very young age. Playing the game of basketball from the age of 5 through high school had a significant impact on his development as a player, but more important to his athletic development, was the observation of his father who was a basketball coach for many years. The NRBA’s dedication to not only player development but spiritual development was what brought James on board.
Growing up near Syracuse, NY, James is the youngest of five children. In July of 2009, he married his wife Kimberly who is currently an 8th grade history teacher at the Franklin Academy in Wake Forest.
Player Development Instructor: Zaneta Hill
What Coach Miller Says About Zaneta Hill:
"I feel blessed that God led Zaneta to the NRBA, and I know her impact on all our students will go far beyond the court. She certainly brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the NRBA as a successful player and coach, but beyond that, she is a Godly young woman whose sole passion is to see others grow in their faith and knowledge of the Lord. She is the complete package, and perfect fit; it is a sincere privilege to have her join the NRBA family. "
Coach Zaneta Hill's Bio:
Zaneta Hill currently serves as a Player Development Instructor at the NRBA focusing on 1-1, small group and camp instruction. Zaneta attended and graduated from Southeast Raleigh High School in 2004. While at Southeast, as a 3 year varsity player, Zaneta achieved many accolades including team MVP, Raleigh Sports Club Student Athlete of the Week, 2004 Eastern Regional All-Tournament Team, and TAAC Conference MVP. She also helped lead her team to the 2004 TAAC Conference and Tournament Titles, Women’s Sectional I Title, and Runner-up finish in the Eastern Regional Championship Game.
After graduating from Southeast, Zaneta went on to attend and graduate from East Carolina University. As a freshman at ECU, Zaneta played for the Lady Pirates, but following the season, decided to end her basketball career. While at ECU, Zaneta also coached with Greenville Parks & Recreation which is where her coaching journey began. After graduating from ECU in 2008 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Hispanic Studies, Zaneta returned to Raleigh to work for a local YMCA in an outreach role for 4 years where she was also a volunteer coach for a middle school girls’ basketball team. She also began her career as a head coach with the Garner Flames AAU Basketball Team in 2009, and has led the Flames to numerous titles including the 2012 AAU Eastern Regional Championship, as well as, Runner-up finishes at the NCAAU State Championship and USBA National Championship.
Zaneta resides in Raleigh, NC, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and is a member of the Chi Sigma Lota Honor Society.
Player Development Instructor: Ben Keel
What Coach Miller Says About Ben Keel:
"Ben is an amazing young man with a heart for young people and for discipleship. As one of our former students, Ben knows the mission and expectations of the NRBA as well as anyone. His work ethic, determination and character set him apart as a student, and will serve him well as a member of our staff. I am thrilled to have this Wolfpacker join the NRBA Team."
Coach Ben Keel Bio:
Ben Keel currently serves as a Player Development Instructor at the NRBA focusing on 1-1, small-group and camp instruction. Ben attended and graduated from Franklin Academy High School in 2012. While representing the Patriots of FAHS, Ben played at the varsity level all four years. During that time, Ben led the team as the primary ball handler and point guard while facilitating the offense. He helped the team to Conference Runner -up finishes his freshman, sophomore and senior year, and also led the team to the school's first boys' basketball state playoff game in 2012. Ben was a well rounded player and led the Patriots in almost every statistical category during his senior season. He also served as captain of the Franklin Academy team his last two seasons.
Ben's love for the game landed him at the NRBA in 2011, where his passions of basketball and living for the Lord overlapped to form an unique environment to grow as a player and disciple of Christ. After many lessons with Coach Miller and Coach Huber, Ben knew that the NRBA was the place for him, and wanted to get on board with the mission. He began coaching at NRBA summer camps in 2011 and continued to receive instruction and stay close to the Academy throughout the following year. He returned to the camp staff in 2012 which led to the invitation to join the NRBA's teaching staff. Because of his growth both as a player and person, Ben has been invited to be a member of the NRBA outreach team to China in the summer of 2013.
In addition to his love for the game of basketball, Ben has always been fully committed to his academic achievement, and that success led him to NC State University where he is currently enrolled in the University's prestigious engineering program.