CSC eNewsletter - April 2017

Menzies’ PROMISE Earns Him International Accolades

Dr. Tim Menzies Dr. Timothy Menzies, Professor of Computer Science at NC State, has been recognized for his major contributions in the field of mining software repositories with the inaugural Mining Software Repositories Foundational Contribution Award. Menzies is the curator of the PROMISE repository, storage for Software Engineering project data. more

Game Design Program at NC State Ranks in Top 50 Again

The Game Design Program at NC State has been recognized as one of the “Top 50 Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design for 2017” on The Princeton Review’s annual list which salutes the best schools in the U.S. and Canada. NC State ranked 7th on the list of public universities, and 38th overall. more

Spring Diploma Ceremony Set for May 11th in Reynolds Coliseum

CSC alumna Beth Mynatt The NC State University Computer Science Department will hold its Spring 2017 Diploma Ceremony on Thursday, May 11th 2:00 p.m. in the newly renovated William Neal Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of NC State University, located at 2411 Dunn Avenue, Raleigh. We are honored to have CSC alumna, Dr. Elizabeth Mynatt, serve as our keynote speaker. Mynatt is the Executive Director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology (IPaT), a Distinguished Professor in the College of Computing, and the Director of the Everyday Computing Lab. She is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of ubiquitous computing and assistive technologies. more

Four NC State Undergraduates Recognized by Goldwater Foundation

Congratulations to Samuel Fedeler and Richard Marshburn, undergraduates in the NC State Computer Science Department, on being recognized as Honorable Mention recipients of very prestigious Goldwater Scholarships! more

Senior Design Center's "Posters & Pies" Planned for May 3rd

Please join us as the NC State Computer Science Senior Design Center students showcase their work during our annual “Posters & Pies” event on Wednesday, May 3rd in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on NC State’s Centennial Campus. more

WiCS Circle Encourages and Empowers Women In Computer Science

WiCS Circle Once a month, Dr. Suzanne Balik can be found leading a group of young women in technology over dinner and dessert. The circle format of the group promotes inclusion, and gives even the most shy student the chance to speak. Balik makes the sessions engaging and uplifting, encouraging women to find their potential in the challenging field. more

NC State Makes Top 25 for Technology Transfer

NC State ranks No. 25 among the 200 research institutions studied in the Miliken Institute’s latest listing of best universities for technology transfer. The report, called “Concept to Commercialization: The Best Universities for Technology Transfer,” puts NC State in the top 10 of schools without medical research facilities. NC State also joins three of its 16 peer institutions making the list. more

Silicon Valley Talent Pipeline

NC State was recently ranked #13 on the list of top talent suppliers for Silicon Valley companies, and #7 among schools outside the state of California. NC State’s computer science department alone has more than 700 alumni living and working in the Silicon Valley area, a number quickly approaching 10% of their total alumni. more

Department to Launch Alumni Hall of Fame

DEA, alum Marshall Brain and Dean Louis Martin-VegaAs part of our 50th Year Celebration in 2017, the NC State University Department of Computer Science (CSC) is delighted to announce the official establishment of a CSC Alumni Hall of Fame, with the inaugural class of honorees to be recognized at a special event next fall! According to Dr. Laurie Williams, interim department head, the department hopes to accomplish multiple goals with the launch. “We want this to serve as an inspiration for current and future students, while promoting the department’s global impact for producing incredible talent that embodies the University’s mantra to ‘Think and Do the Extraordinary!’” Nominations can be made online and are due by July 1st. The inaugural class of inductees will be announced and recognized at a special event to coincide with Homecoming activities in the fall. more

Donating for the Future

The NC State Engineering Foundation is well under way in its effort to raise $60M in private funds to help fund construction of the Engineering Building Oval project — the next step in unifying the College on Centennial Campus. Computer Science and other disciplines already on Centennial Campus, benefited greatly by the having their buildings paid for completely by the state. The funding model has shifted and the University now has to provide approximately 50% of the necessary funds to build the final building. All alumni are asked to help support this important cause. Meet three alumni who share why they donated toward the new building and how essential EB Oval will be. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

Oracle has donated $35,000 to the department (as part of a larger $50,000 gift to the COE) in support of the ePartners Programs, and a variety of scholarships and fellowships to benefit CSC students.

Deutsche Bank Global Technology has donated $10,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Programs and the Sr. Design Center.

Allied Telesis has donated $10,000 to the department in support of the Sr. Design Center.

Google has donated $1,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Programs and the DiamondHacks event.

Google has also donated $94,712, as part of a joint research proposal with Duke University to support Dr. Sarah Heckman’s efforts associated with the proposal “Scalable Evidence-Based Peer Teaching for Improving CS Capacity and Diversity”.

Ralph & Suzanne Gordon have donated $95,000 to their Gordon Family Scholarship Endowment with a strong desire to grow the endowment to a “full scholarship” award annually.

Dr. Tiffany Barnes has been awarded $359,997 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support her research proposal entitled “REU Site: Socially Relevant Computing and Analytics.” more

Dr. Ranga Vatsavai has been awarded $21,237 by Duke University via Omidyar Network to support his research proposal entitled “Property Rights and Land Tenure in the Slums of Bangalore.” more

CSC Wolf Bytes

Congratulations to CSC alum and founder & CEO of Walk West, Brian Onorio (CSC BS ’04), for being named one of the Triangle Business Journal’s ’40 Under 40’! more

Follow the Department on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter!

 Alumni, students, faculty, staff, and corporate partners of the NC State Department of Computer Science, interested in networking to foster collaboration, entrepreneurship, partnerships, career development and professional growth are invited to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Personalized Job Search Agent in ePack

If you are a CSC student or recent graduate (within 12 months post-graduation) and would like to receive email notifications when new jobs are posted on ePack matching your profile, you can set up your own customized job search agent to receive just the postings you desire (intern vs. full time, etc). For a short video tutorial on how to create your own personalized job agent, click here.

The Alumni Association has partnered with the University Career Development Center to make ePACK available to NC State alumni. If you are a current Alumni Association member, update your online profile by visiting the Wolfpack Connect (alumni directory) and click on the ‘Update My Info’ tab on the upper right side of the page. Select the ‘Career Connections’ tab and then choose ‘yes’ beside the question, ‘Do you want access to ePACK?’

To access ePACK you must be a member of the Alumni Association and you must be an alumnus/alumnae of NC State. If you are not a member of the Alumni Association, you can join online. Once you have received an email confirming your membership, you will be able to register for access to ePACK.

Questions: Contact Manager of Alumni Career Services, Anna Velleggia at



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