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August 31, 2007

Insight Racing’s Driverless Robotic Sports Car Qualifies for $2 Million Race

NC State University sponsored Insight Racing Team is one of only 36 teams nationwide invited to participate in the DARPA Urban Challenge National Qualification Event in October. The team is the only semi-finalist from the Carolinas. more

Departmental Research Grants, Gifts, and Support

OPNET Technologies has provided the department with annual software licenses valued at $2.42M. This gift includes licenses and technical support for OPNET's Modeler, Wireless Module, UMTS, and MPLS software. The software has been successfully integrated into several undergraduate, graduate, and distance education network project courses.

Super ePartner, Cisco Systems, has made a significant networking & wireless equipment donation to NC State University, valued at over $540,000.  The partnership will provide future generations of engineering students with hands-on learning experience with Cisco technology. more

SAS Institute has donated $25,000 in support of the department’s Sr Design Center & ePartners Program, and will be a “Platinum” level sponsor of our 40th Year Technical Symposium.

The Prometheus Group has donated $2,500 in support of the department’s ePartners Program and will be a “Gold” level sponsor of our 40th Year Technical Symposium.

The Pantry / Kangaroo has donated $2,500 in support of the department’s ePartners Program and will serve as a “Gold” level sponsor of the upcoming Geek-a-thon event. 

Dr. Annie Antón, associate professor and Director of ThePrivacyPlace.Org and Dr. Eugene H. Spafford, Professor and Director of CERIAS at Purdue University, have been awarded $500,000 by the National Science Foundation's Science of Design program to fund their collaborative research project entitled, "Transparency and Legal Compliance in Software Systems." more

Drs. George Rouskas and Michael Young have been selected to receive a 2007 IBM Faculty Award valued at $30,000. more

Dr. Tao Xie has been awarded $20,000 by the National Science Foundation to fund his research proposal titled “CSR-SMA: Improving Software System Reliability via Mining Properties for Software Verification.more

Dr. Laurie Williams has been awarded $193,563 by the National Science Foundation to fund her research proposal titled “CT-ER: On the Use of Security Metrics to Identify and Rank the Risk of Vulnerability- and Exploit-Prone Components.more

Dr. Frank Mueller has been awarded $140,000 by the National Science Foundation to fund his research proposal titled “CSR--EHS: Collaborative Research: Hybrid Timing Analysis via Multi-Mode Execution.more

Dr. Peng Ning has been awarded $269,902 by the National Science Foundation to fund his research proposal titled “NeTS-NOSS: Secure, Robust and DoS-Resilient Code Dissemination in Wireless Sensor.more

Dr. Nagiza Samatova is the recipient of a Joint Faculty Appointment Award from UT Battelle, LLC valued at $238,125. more

Dr. Tao Xie has been awarded $180,000 by the National Science Foundation to fund his research proposal titled “CT-ISG: Collaborative Research: A New Approach to Testing and Verification of Security Policies.more

CSC Faculty / Staff News

New faculty member, Dr. Nagiza F. Samatova, is among the finalists selected by the YWCA Knoxville for the “2007 Tribute to Women”. more

Dr. Rudra Dutta is on a joint team of NC State University and University of Cincinnati researchers which will develop advanced methods and technology for better structural heath prognostics of bridges. more

We are pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Xiaohui (Helen) Gu to our faculty in January of 2008.  Gu will join the department as an assistant professor.  She is currently a Research Staff Member at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Hawthorne, NY. more

Online Auction to Benefit New CSC Scholarship Endowment

Donations are needed for our first-ever online auction to raise money for a new 40th Year Scholarship Endowment. The bidding begins officially on September 15th and closes on October 31st. more   

Castillo Selected to Attend Grace Hopper 2007, Richard Tapia Conferences

Claris Castillo, a doctoral student and teaching assistant, has been selected to attend the 2007 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) Of Women in Computing Conference and the 2007 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity Conference (Tapia Conference) in Orlando in October. more

NC State Recognized as a 2007 Laureate for the Virtual Computing Laboratory Project

The Computerworld Honors Program recognized NC State University as a 2007 Laureate in the category of education for its Virtual Computing Laboratory (VCL) project in a medal ceremony held recently in Washington, D.C. more

Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Series to Kick-off on Sept.  11th

Please join us on Sept. 11th at 6 pm in Lecture Hall 1025 EBII for the kick-off of the Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Executive Speakers Series.  Our special guest speaker for this inaugural event will be Stephen A. Scullen III, President of Fidelity eBusiness, whose topic will be “The Evolution of the Web in Financial Services”.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit the series page. [Note to CSC Graduate Students – these lectures have been approved by the CSC Graduate Oversight Committee to count toward the required lectures for graduate students.]

Your Input Requested on 2007 Survey

Researchers at ThePrivacyPlace.Org are conducting an online survey about individuals' experience with and perceptions of authentication technologies. The survey is supported by an NSF ITR grant (National Science Foundation Information Technology research) and will help us with our investigations regarding privacy and digital identities. more

Geek-a-Thon Set for October 5-7 – Volunteer Slots Filling Fast

Geekathon LogoAs part of our 40th Year Celebration, the ACM/AITP and WiCS student organizations, in association with the NC State Department of Computer Science and the Kramden Institute, Inc., and in partnership with Centennial Campus Middle School, will host a Geek-a-Thon the weekend of October 5-7, 2007.  Primary sponsors of the event include the NC chapter of the Society for Information Management (Platinum Sponsor), The Pantry / Kangaroo (Gold Sponsor), Cisco Systems (Silver Sponsor) and the Raleigh Chapter of Information Systems Security Association (Bronze Sponsor).  A Geek-a-Thon is a weekend long event where computers are refurbished and then donated to help high-achieving, but less-advantaged middle school students in Wake County cross the digital divide.  Volunteers are needed for a variety of duties (technical & non-technical) during the event.  Sign up for a shift that is convenient to you. Volunteers will receive all necessary training, be well fed with free food and refreshments, receive a cool “Geek-a-thon” tee-shirt, and have a blast knowing they are helping someone in need.  To sign up, visit the event web page.

ISSA InfoSec Conference - October 18

Students, faculty & staff are invited to participate in the Raleigh ISSA’s annual InfoSec Conference scheduled for October 18th at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Cary.  Student registration is only $10 and faculty/staff is $40. This includes a continental breakfast, refreshment breaks and lunch, as well as all the great learning sessions!  For more details, check out the conference web site at

Sun Microsystems Seeking NC State Campus Student Ambassador

Sun Microsystems is recruiting for a student to serve as their Sun Campus Ambassador at NC State, to ensure that students, professors and researchers know how to take advantage of the latest innovative and Open technologies such as Java, Open Solaris, Open SPARC and NetBeans.  The Sun Campus Ambassador Program offers students paid internships to deliver technology demonstrations on Sun's platforms and developer tools to students, faculty and researchers on campus.  Ambassadors will also receive extensive training on the latest Sun technologies, while developing leadership, communication and community building skills.  To learn more, visit

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