CSC eNewsletter - April 2020

Secure State

Secure State graphic - credit Dr. Jie Sun/NC State Engineering CommunicationsThe Department of Computer Science is ramping up its research and education efforts in the area of cybersecurity to help meet a critical national need. The department is enhancing its research and education efforts with expanded offerings for undergraduate students, scholarship opportunities and a new cybersecurity research center. more

HackPack’s Capture the Flag 2020 – The Show Must Go On!

Life during the COVID-19 crisis has proven to be quite hard. It has been difficult to remain optimistic during these troubling times. However, hearing about online events bringing people together such as HackPack’s Capture the Flag 2020 is sure to boost spirits! For the 10 days in April, over 525 teams from all around the world came together for a friendly, online computer security competition hosted by the NC State student hacking group, HackPack. Their advisor, Dr. Alex Kapravelos, an assistant professor in the department of computer science at NC State, organized this year’s competition, making some alterations to accommodate the current situation. more

Creating Hope Amidst Crisis

Dr. Nagiza Samatova's home studio and teaching tools.Dr. Nagiza Samatova, professor of computer science, has been using her time to create hope and provide resources amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Specifically, she has been providing online, STEM-focused training for students of all ages free of charge. These classes focus on a variety of STEM subjects such as Math Kangaroo and Math Olympiad for elementary and middle school students, and classes focusing on more advanced topics such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning with Python for older students and their parents. more

Developing a System to Assist the First Responders and Law Enforcement Agencies

Dr. Muhammad Shahzad, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at NC State University, and research assistant, Usman Khan, have developed a system that generates maps of buildings without entering the building. According to Shahzad, this technology offers multiple benefits as it allows individuals to see the layout of a building before entering inside. Additionally, Khan adds that law enforcement and first responders would benefit greatly from this technology. more

Awesome Service to CSC Recognized with “The Carla Savage Awards”

The department proudly announces the creation of the “The Carla Savage Awards”, a new intra-departmental initiative to recognize outstanding achievement and special people within the department, in the spirit of the incomparable department icon Dr. Carla Savage. Congratulations to the inaugural winners of the Carla Savage Awards for March 2020 - Leslie Rand-Pickett, "most awesome administrative staff person," and Dr. Emerson Murphy-Hill, "most awesome adjunct professor." more

Visualization Tool Tracks COVID-19

Visualization Tool Tracks COVID-19How does where I live compare with other regions in reports of COVID-19 infections and deaths? When should we expect our region to start “flattening its curve,” or showing declines in the number of COVID-19 cases? NC State analytics experts Christopher Healey and Susan Simmons built a visualization dashboard using publicly available data that shows these comparisons and predictions. more

College Continues to Climb in US News Graduate Rankings

The College of Engineering at NC State University continued its rise in the US News & World Report rankings of the top graduate programs in engineering. The 2020 rankings, released in March, show NC State’s College of Engineering ranked 24th for the third straight year, but the College moved up from 12th to 11th among public institutions. NC State’s Engineering Online ranked 15th on the list of Best Computer Information Technology Programs. more

Spring/Summer 2020 NC State Engineering Magazine

During the Covid-19 pandemic, NC State has undertaken a number of measures that we elaborate on in this issue, and our feature story highlights examples of the outstanding work that our faculty, students and staff are doing in response to the urgent needs created by this pandemic. more

Seeking CSC Alumni Hall of Fame Nominations

CSC Alumni Hall of Fame inductee Mark WyattThe CSC Alumni Hall of Fame was established to celebrate and recognize the exemplary contributions our outstanding graduates have made to their profession, their community, and to the world at large. Award winners will 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!Deadline for nominations to be consider for induction this fall is July 1st. more

Goodnight Scholars Program Selects Finalists for Transfer Class of 2023

The Goodnight Scholars Program at NC State University revealed 41 finalists who will participate in the program’s first-ever virtual interview at the end of April. 10% of the finalists express an interest in pursuing a degree in Computer Science. From this process, 20 students will be invited to join the Transfer Class of 2023. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

Oracle has donated $25,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

Live Oak Bank has donated $5,000 to the department in support of the Senior Design Center.

Microsoft has donated $5,000 to the department in support of the Senior Design Center.

Google has made an unrestricted gift of $64,300 to the department in support of Dr. Chris Pairnin’s research related to Designing Inclusive Technical Interviews for Hiring Developers.

RunSafe Security has made an unrestricted gift of $25,000 to the department in support of Dr. Laurie Williams’ teaching and research efforts in the area of memory corruption bugs and fixes.

CSC Wolf Bytes

Tony Brown, Director of Strategic Investments at Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) and CSC alum, has been appointed to the board of the North Carolina State University Institute of Emerging Issues. 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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