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Below is department related news, gathered from a variety of sources across campus, provided monthly for alumni, students, and friends of the Department of Computer Science at NC State University.

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August 31, 2009

Fidelity Investments "Leadership in Technology" Executive Speakers Series Fall Speakers Announced

Thanks to the continued support of Super ePartner, Fidelity Investments, the Department of Computer Science at NC State University is very pleased to announce an exciting and engaging slate of speakers during the Fall 2009 semester for the Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Executive Speakers Series. Jim Whitehurst, President & CEO of Red Hat (pictured here), will kick-off the fall line-up on September 29th, followed by Theresa Payton, former White House CIO under the Bush Adminsitration, and Donald A. Thompson, Jr., President & CEO of I-Cubed. more

What a Deal!

NC State offers students the sixth-best value of any public university in the United States or Canada, according to the Princeton Review. more

"Tech Talk" Opportunities Available to Companies

As the name implies, "Tech Talks" are talks on technical topics provided by industry leaders, coordinated through and provided by our ACM/AITP student organization. They provide an excellent exposure opportunity for companies to build brand awareness in support of their overall recruiting strategy. To be considered for one of these events during the 2009-10 academic year, interested companies are encouraged to consult the "Tech Talk" guidelines and to complete and submit the an Info Sheet (available here) providing speaker name, bio, talk title and abstract. Student leaders will be meeting on Wed, Sept 2nd to evaluate submissions for fall 2009 dates. These talks require a $350 donation to cover cost of promotional materials, food & refreshments; they are, however, a complimentary benefit for our ePartners. If you are interested in more information about becoming an ePartner, contact Ken Tate

Back To School! NC State Welcomes Freshmen for 2009 School Year

It’s that time of year again! North Carolina State University is welcoming new and returning students for the beginning of the fall semester and a new academic year on Wednesday, Aug. 19. NC State received the largest number of freshman applications in its history, and expects a freshman class of 4,700, as well as 1,050 transfer students. The new arrivals will bring NC State’s student body to more than 33,000. The expected freshman class includes 82 valedictorians and 82 salutatorians. The class has an average SAT score of 1745 – including the writing portion – and a weighted high school grade point average of 4.19. Forty-two students had a perfect score on the math portion of the SAT, while 26 had perfect critical reading scores and nine had a perfect score on the writing portion. more

Department Hosts Venezuelan Students for Summer Practicum

For the third year in a row, the NC State Computer Science Department hosted a team of 18 undergraduate students from the Universidad Católica Andres Bello (UCAB), Caracas Venezuela, for a two-week summer practicum. more

Sweating It Out

Brian Koehler was on top of the world. Tall and athletic, he had a rewarding career as an administrator in the College of Engineering and a great family that shared his passion for fun and recreation. But in an instant, the world he knew changed forever. here

Stancil to Head ECE Department

Dr. Daniel Stancil has been named head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Alcoa Distinguished Professor at North Carolina State University, effective August 16, 2009. An internationally renowned expert in the fields of microwave magnetics, wireless communications and nano-photonics, Dr. Stancil comes to NC State from Carnegie Mellon University, where he has served as a faculty member since 1986. His tenure at Carnegie Mellon has included appointments as associate department head and associate dean for academic affairs. more

Schwartz Named MSE Department Head

Dr. Justin Schwartz has been named head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Kobe Steel Distinguished Professor at North Carolina State University, effective Aug. 16. An internationally renowned expert in the field of superconducting materials and systems, Schwartz comes to NC State from Florida State University (FSU), where he is currently the Jack E. Crow Professor of Engineering. more

Bottomley honored by IEEE

Dr. Laura Bottomley, director of K-12 Engineering Outreach Programs at North Carolina State University, has won the Educational Activities Board Informal Education Award from IEEE. In her role as director of K-12 Engineering Outreach Programs at NC State, Bottomley reaches more than 5,000 students, 200 teachers and 500 parents each year. The programs she leads include summer camps for K-12 students; programs that send undergraduates and graduate students into schools to work with elementary and middle school students; training sessions for NC State engineering alumni who want to be volunteer teachers in their communities; and assistance for K-12 teachers who want to introduce engineering concepts to their young students. more

Departmental Research Grants, Gifts, and Support

Dr. Xiaohui (Helen) Gu (right) has been awarded $405,000 by the National Science Foundation to support her research proposal titled “Online System Anomaly Prediction and Diagnosis for Large-scale Hosting Infrastructures.more

Dr. Frank Mueller has been awarded $390,000 from the National Science Foundation to support his collaborative research proposal titled “Providing Predictable Timing for Task Migration in Embedded Multi-Core Environments (TIME-ME).” more

Lulu Press, Inc. has donated $2,500 in support of the department in sponsorship of the Centennial Campus Challenge.

Roundarch, Inc. has donated $6,000 in support of the department’s Sr. Design Center Program and ePartners Program.

Werum Software & Systems America, Inc has donated $2,000 in support of the department’s ePartners Program.

Thanks to the many alumni and friends who continue to make one time and multi-year contributions to help establish the Carol Miller Student Leadership Endowment to honor long-time lecturer Carol Miller who retired at the end of the 2008-09 academic year. Alumnus Jay Strickland has made a very generous matching gift pledge, committing to match all other alumni contributions up to $25,000 to help establish the endowment. Significant contributions this month include a $2,000 pledge from Anne & Tom Schowe. Total pledges exceed $37,000 and actual donations exceed $13,000 to date. more

CSC Faculty / Staff News

Dr. Annie Antón, professor of computer science at NC State University, has been named one of ten distinguished academics to the non-resident Fellows Program for the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT). Antón is the only non-lawyer technology expert named to the program. more

The NC State University Department of Computer Science is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Sarah Heckman and Ms. Suzanne Balik to our faculty this fall. more

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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 join the department's pages on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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