CSC eNewsletter - April 2022

NC State Alumni Couple Establishes Troan Scholarship for Computer Science Endowment

Erik & Brigid TroanThe Department of Computer Science is proud to announce that NC State alumni Erik and Brigid Troan have made a commitment of $250,000 to establish the Troan Scholarship for Computer Science Endowment. When fully funded, this will be one of the largest scholarship endowments ever created specifically for computer science (CSC) students. Read More »

1st Annual North Carolina Cybersecurity Symposium Planned for May 12 & 13

Please save the date for the first-ever North Carolina Cybersecurity Symposium! The Symposium is an exciting new venue for deepening knowledge of critical cybersecurity issues and opportunities, featuring business and government professionals, academic leaders, researchers, and students. The event is hosted by the Partnership for Cybersecurity Excellence (NC-PaCE) and takes place on May 12 and 13, 2022, on the North Carolina State University (NCSU) campus in Raleigh, NC. The Symposium will feature keynotes from industry leaders, lectures and panels with cybersecurity expertise in technical, legal, and compliance fields, classroom training, tutorial sessions, and showcase business solutions, academic research, and student poster sessions. This forum will explicitly focus on today’s most critical and pressing cybersecurity issues, enabling participants to share and exchange ideas and knowledge, explore emerging opportunities in research, education, training, certification, and meet and talk with leading products and services providers. Read More »

Fostering Community to Help Battle Academic Hardships

Manali Shirsekar

Manali Shirsekar, computer science ’22, realized early on that as a woman in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field, she’d have some extra hurdles to navigate. Wanting to create opportunities and community for herself and other CSC students, Shirsekar decided to get involved. Now about to graduate, Shirsekar has juggled many roles, including a researcher within NC State’s Laboratory for Analytic Sciences (LAS), a student ambassador for CSC and president of NC State’s ACM-W Chapter of Women in Computer Science. She attributes these experiences to her success within computer science. Read More »

Facilitating Interdisciplinary Connections

NC State’s academies elevate research and education by facilitating interdisciplinary connections among faculty, staff and students. The Data Science Academy and Genetics and Genomics Academy seek to further interdisciplinarity on campus through courses, workshops and cross-college conversations. Read More »

CSGrad4US Program Targets CSC Alumni Interested in Pursuing a PhD

The computer and information science and engineering fields are experiencing booming undergraduate enrollments. Many of these undergraduate degree recipients have outstanding job opportunities in industry and at other organizations, and only a small fraction of these individuals considers pursuing related doctoral degree-granting programs. In order to increase the number of diverse, domestic graduate students in these areas and thereby bolster the U.S. population in the Nation's computer and information science and engineering research and innovation workforce, the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) announces its intention to continue support CISE Graduate Fellowships (CSGrad4US). In particular, CSGrad4US is intended for individuals who have some practical experience following their bachelor’s degree and are now interested in pursuing a research-based doctoral degree. The application deadline for this second cohort of CSGrad4US fellowships is May 19, 2022. Read More »

Ambassador for Optimism

Vitus PutraMeet Vitus Putra, Goodnight Scholar and CSC Student Ambassador, who will graduate this May with a degree in computer science. During his four years at NC State, he not only challenged himself academically, but also grew as a person, helping others through service and enriching the lives of those around him with his upbeat, positive outlook on life. Read More »

The Gigantic Risk From Ocean Acidification

CSC alumni Hall of Fame inductee, Marshall Brain (MS CSC ’89), is a futurist, inventor, writer and creator of “How Stuff Works” and a contributor to WRAL TechWire. He’s also author of “The Doomsday Book: The Science Behind Humanity’s Greatest Threats.“ In this post, Brain takes a serious as well as entertaining look at a world of possibilities for Earth and the human race, in this case, as it pertains to ocean acidification. Read More »

Nearly 300 Students Present Research, Creative Work at Spring Symposium

On April 26-27, NC State’s Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) hosted its annual Spring Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium. After being held online during the COVID-19 pandemic, this year the event returned to an in-person setting in Talley Student Union. At the event, 287 students from colleges across the university presented their research and creative work in a series of poster and oral presentations as well as exhibitions and performances. Read More »

Computer Science Spring Diploma Ceremony Set for May 5th

Beth SmithPlease join us as we recognize our graduates during the NC State University Computer Science Department’s Spring Diploma Ceremony on Thursday, May 5th at 8:00 a.m. The ceremony will be held in William Neal Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of NC State University, located at 2411 Dunn Avenue, Raleigh (directions). Approximately 275 graduates are expected to receive their degrees during the ceremony. Our special thanks go to the NC State Engineering Foundation and the ePartners Program for their generous sponsorship of this event. Beth Smith, General Manager, Worldwide Technical Sales and Customer Success at IBM Technology, will deliver the keynote address. Read More »

2022 CSC Alumni Hall of Fame Nominations Being Accepted

The NC State 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!” With well more than 10,000 CSC alumni, only a select number will be chosen for recognition in our Hall of Fame, making this a truly exceptional and noteworthy honor. Nominees (living or deceased) should have demonstrated exceptional professional, entrepreneurial and/or service achievements in their selected careers. The deadline for consideration for the Fall 2022 class of inductees is July 1st. Read More »

Select Departmental Gifts & Support

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

SingleStore has donated $2,500 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

Xerox has donated $15,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

Linde has donated $5,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

Alumna Sarah Hall has donated $1,000 to the department in support of the Alan Tharp Undergraduate Innovation Fund.

CSC Wolf Bytes

CSC alum, Zane Chrane (BS CSC ’03), has been named Director of Research at Tephra Digital, where he brings over a decade of experience conducting in-depth investment research on disruptive technologies across blockchain, Web3, enterprise software and cloud computing. Read More »

Former CSC Strategic Advisory Board member, Dr. Eugene Spafford has been appointed to serve as one of the two ACM representatives on the CRA Board of Directors. Read More »

Condolences to Dr. Don Bitzer on the passing of his wife, and to Ken Tate on the passing of his brother.

Congratulations to Dr. Brad Reaves and his wife on the birth of their daughter.

The department has a number of open faculty and staff positions. Interested candidates are encouraged to learn more at

Follow the Department on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram 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, Instagram 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



This eNewsletter is sponsored for the 2021-22 academic year by the ePartner Program