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Below is department related news, gathered from a variety of sources across campus, provided monthly for alumni, students, and friends of the Department of Computer Science at NC State University.

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July 31 , 2008

Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Executive Speakers Series Fall Speakers Announced

Thanks to the continued support of Super ePartner, Fidelity Investments, the Department of Computer Science at NC State University is very pleased to announce a dynamic and exciting slate of speakers during the Fall 2008 semester for the Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Executive Speakers Series including Mike Capps (President of Epic Games), Jim Davis (Sr VP & Chief Marketing Officer for SAS Institute), and Marshall Brain (author, TV personality and Founder of more

NC State Engineering Online degrees named top “Best Buy” by

The 10 online master’s degrees offered by the Engineering Online program at North Carolina State University have been named the No. 1 “Best Buy” for online engineering graduate degrees in national rankings published by more

Photo fo Peter WurmanThree Engineers, Hundreds of Robots, One Warehouse

Kiva Systems, co-founded by former faculty member Dr. Peter Wurman, wants to revolutionize distribution centers by setting swarms of robots loose on the inventory. more

Bill for State's Burgeoning Video Game Industry Gutted in Legislature

Story in by Zack Smith mentions strong base for local employment including schools which have instituted game-based programs such as N.C. State's Digital Games Research Center. more

Phot of Dr. Tharp in IndiaIndia Trip Yields Professor Direct Exposure to Challenges Facing U.S.

Dr. Alan L. Tharp recently visited India to deliver a special three-week course on data structures & algorithms to the employees of software company, Infosys. His journey exposed the changes taking place there and the challenges the U.S. faces. more

Katrina Visualization Wins SciDAC “OASCR”

It wasn’t quite an Oscar, but a RENCI visualization by Steve Chall and Theresa-Marie Rhyne of RENCI’s NC State engagement center won top honors at the annual meeting of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program held in Seattle July 13 – 17. more

Departmental Research Grants, Gifts, and Support

Duke Diet & Fitness has donated $10,000 in support of the department’s Senior Design Center.

Tekelec has just completed a $25,000 donation in support of the department and the ePartners Program.

Fidelity Investments has donated $25,000 in support of the department, the Sr. Design Center Program, and the ePartners Program.  Fidelity Investments will again be the named sponsor of the department’s Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Executive Speakers Series.

Dr. James Lester, associate professor of computer science, along with co-PIs, Hiller Spires, James Minogue, John Nietfeld, have been awarded $ 2,523,295 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund their joint proposal titled “R&D: Developing Science Problem Solving Skills and Engagement Through Intelligent Game-Based Learning Environments.” more

Dr. Nagiza Samatova, associate professor of computer science, has been awarded an additional  $520,001 by the>Oak Ridge National Laboratories - UT-Battelle LLC (Prime sponsor is US Department of Energy)>to fund her research proposal titled “High-Performance Data Analytics with Demonstrations to DOE-Mission Applications”, bringing the total research award on this proposal to $920,002. more

Drs. Laurie Williams and Mladen Vouk of the department of computer science, along with co-PI, Dr. Sarah Berenson of the department of math, science and technology education at NC State University, have been awarded $188,492 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) via UNC-Charlotte to fund their joint proposal titled “BPC-AE: The STARS Alliance: A Southeastern Partnership for Diverse Participation in Computing.” more

Drs. Annie Antón, Vince Freeh, Helen Gu, Steffen Heber, and Tao Xie have been selected to receive 2008 IBM Faculty Awards totaling over $150,000. more

Dr. Tao Xie, assistant professor, has received a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) supplement valued at $12,000 from the NSF to support his proposal "Collaborative Research: SoD TEAM: Designing Tests for Evolving Software Systems."  The funds can be used to support an undergraduate student (US citizen only) who will be an active member in the research.

Dr. Xiaosong Ma, assistant professor of computer science, has been awarded a summer subcontract from Oak Ridge National Laboratories - UT-Battelle LLC valued at $ 11,660 to support her proposal titled “ORNL Subcontract to CS/NCSU: Transparent Data Recovery For Parallel File Systems (II).” more

Dr. James Lester, associate professor of computer science, has been awarded $448,422 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund his proposal titled “HCC-Small:Modeling Student Affect in Game-Based Learning Environments.” more

CSC Faculty / Staff News

The department is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Xuxian Jiang to our faculty this fall. Jiang will join the department as an Assistant Professor in August.  His research interests are in Virtual Machines (VMs) and Security.  He is currently an Assistant Professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.  more

The department is very pleased to welcome Tari Ryan to fulltime status in her administrative role in the Undergraduate Advising Office, effective Monday, July 7.

Jason Corley, our IT Manager since 2004, has resigned effective July 31st to take a new role with a local start-up company.  Jason played a key role in coordinating the IT components of our migration from main campus to Centennial Campus.  We wish Jason the very best in his new career opportunity.

Dr. Jerome Lavelle has accepted a two year appointment as Interim Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs for the College of Engineering effective August 16, 2008. He will replace Dr. Richard Keltie, who is stepping down to assume the role of Associate Dean for Administration and Academic Planning for the college.  A national search will be conducted with the goal of naming a permanent associate dean in the fall of 2010.

County Profile: Wake County, profiles the collaborative work of Dr. Michael Young and the Wake County Economic Development office to expose Serious Games as serious business in Wake County; Business Leader Magazine, by staff writer, June 2008 Issue. (link).

Women Leading in Technology and Politics or Policy, lists Dr. Annie Antón among the nation's female movers and shakers working in areas related to technology and government; The Political Voices of Women, by Sarah Granger, July 22, 2008 (link).

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