CSC eNewsletter - April 2023

Rothermel Reappointed as Department Head

Dr. Gregg RothermelDr. Gregg Rothermel has been reappointed as the head of NC State’s Department of Computer Science (CSC), effective July 1, 2023, for a second five-year term. With over 2,500 students currently studying computer science, over $19M in new research awards and over $13M in annual research expenditures, CSC is regarded by many as the preeminent computer science program in the state of North Carolina. Rothermel’s excellent leadership, dedication and integrity since 2018 have played a significant role in advancing the department’s well-established academic and research excellence. Read More »

Liu Wins Amazon Research Award

Dr. Xiaorui Liu

CSC Assistant Professor, Dr. Xiaorui Liu is one of 79 award recipients across 54 universities in 14 countries to receive an Amazon Research Award (ARA). Liu was awarded $25,000 in unrestricted support as well as $20,000 in AWS Promotional Credits for his proposal ‘Deep Reinforcement Learning for the Mixed Ranking of Recommendations and Advertisements with Page-wise Display’ in the Prime Video category. Read More »

Computer Science Spring Diploma Ceremony Set for May 4th

Jerry TillmanPlease join us as we recognize and celebrate our graduates during the NC State Computer Science Department’s Spring Diploma Ceremony on Thursday, May 4th at 12:00 noon. The ceremony will be held in William Neal Reynolds Coliseum and approximately 250 graduates are expected to receive their degrees during the event. Jerry Tillman (BS CSC 2003), Vice President of IBM Cloud Platform Services, will deliver the keynote address. Read More »

NC State Names New Engineering Dean

Dr. Jim PfaendtnerDr. Jim Pfaendtner has been named the Louis Martin-Vega Dean of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University following a nationwide search. His appointment becomes effective August 1. Pfaendtner serves as chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington, which includes the implementation of a broad strategic initiative in infusing research and teaching with machine learning, AI and data science. Read More »

Select Departmental Gifts & Support

Merck has provided $25,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program and the Senior Design Center.

NC Parks & Rec has provided $5,000 to the department in support of the Senior Design Center.

Cirrus Logic Inc. has provided $10,752, as part of a larger donation to the college in support of the Cirrus Logic Scholarship for Diverse Leaders in Computer Science.

CSC alums, Chris & Anne-Marie Olinger have donated $5,000 in support of the Anne-Marie and Chris Olinger CSC Entrepreneur Scholarship.

CSC alum, Dr. Andy Smith has donated $1,000 in support of the Dr. Robert Funderlic Scholarship Endowment.

CSC Wolf Bytes

Students Use Machine Learning in Lesson Designed to Reveal Issues, Promise of A.I. - In a new study, North Carolina State University researchers had 28 high school students create their own machine-learning artificial intelligence (AI) models for analyzing data. The goals of the project were to help students explore the challenges, limitations and promise of AI, and to ensure a future workforce is prepared to make use of AI tools. Read More »

Goodnight Scholars Program Selects Finalists for Transfer Class of 2026 - The Goodnight Scholars Program recently revealed the finalists (including 10 with plans to study Computer Science) who will participate in its Annual Transfer Finalist Interview Day. Following the event, 50 students will be invited to join the program’s class of 2026. Read More »

Researchers Use Geospatial Analytics and AI to Develop Global Food Security Solutions - Climate change is forcing food producers to alter their processes in order to adapt to increasingly unpredictable and dangerous weather. NC State researchers are integrating AI into geospatial technology to help solve these complex challenges to global food security and poverty. Read More »

33 Wolfpack Swimmers and Divers Named to ACC All-Academic Team - Thirty-three members of the NC State men's and women's swimming and diving teams were honored as 2022-23 Academic All-ACC Team members, including Patrick O’Brien, a member of the diving team and a senior in Computer Science. Read More »

The Last eGames - The eGames is NC State’s largest annual startup competition awarding cash prizes to NC State entrepreneurs. There are two tracks - the student track and the Daugherty Endowment Track for officially registered startup companies that have licensed NC State intellectual property. The competition will move forward in 2024 under its new name, VenturePack Challenge. Read More »

Congratulations to Dr. Alex Kapravelos and his wife on the recent birth of a beautiful baby girl!

We are saddened to learn of the recent passing of Michael "Gray" Dougherty (BS CSC 2020, MS CSC 2021). Diagnosed before his first birthday with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), Gray never let his physical challenges limit his opportunities. When doctors first shared the diagnosis of his neuromuscular disease, they predicted that he would not live past his second birthday. Never one to sit back and accept what others expected, Gray not only survived, he thrived. Read More »

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

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 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 2022-23 academic year by the ePartners Program