Computer Science eNewsletter

Researchers Find Vulnerabilities in iPhone, iPad Operating System

Dr. Will EnckAn international team of computer science researchers has identified serious security vulnerabilities in the iOS – the operating system used in Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices. The vulnerabilities make a variety of attacks possible. “There’s been a lot of research done on Android’s operating systems, so we wanted to take a closer look at Apple’s iOS,” says Dr. William Enck, an associate professor of computer science at North Carolina State University and co-author of a paper describing the work. “Our goal was to identify any potential problems before they became real-world problems.” more

CSC Department Welcomes New Faculty

The NC State University Department of Computer Science is pleased to announce the addition of five new faculty members to our department starting in the Fall 2016 semester. Dr. Arnav Jhala joins as an associate professor in the Visual Narrative cluster, with a specialty in artificial intelligence (AI), and research interests in the areas of storytelling in games, intelligent machinima generation, smart graphics, and intelligent user interfaces. Dr. Collin Lynch joins as an assistant professor with research interests in the area of graph-based educational data mining, development of robust intelligent tutoring systems, and adaptive educational systems for ill-defined domains such as scientific writing, law and engineering. Dr. Chris Martens joins as an assistant professor with a specialty in formal methods for creative media, and research interests in game design, believable virtual agents, collaborative digital storytelling, simulation modeling, and mixed-initiative creativity applications. Dr. Alessandra Scafuro joins as an assistant professor with a specialty in cryptography, and research interests in secure computation. Dr. Hung-Wei Tseng joins as an assistant professor with a specialty in systems, and research interests in heterogeneous computing. more

Fall 2016 Fidelity Investments "Leadership in Technology" Speakers Announced

Amit WaliaPlease join us on September 29, 2016 at 6 pm in Lecture Hall 1231 in EB2 for our first of three fall 2016 talks in the Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Speakers Series. Our special guest speaker will be Amit Walia, Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer of Informatica. His talk topic will be “Data Drives Business, Data Fuels Careers.” more

NC State’s Computer Science Recognized for Value, Affordability

NC State’s Computer Science program has been recognized as one of the top 10 Most Affordable Online Master’s in Computer Science Degrees by College Choice, an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right colleges. more

NC State Boosts Efforts to Commercialize Research Discoveries

Congratulations to John Bass and Ryan Kilby whose project on "Overcoming the Digital Divide" is one of seven selected to receive support from the Chancellor’s Innovation Fund in 2017! The funding will help NC State researchers move innovative discoveries from the lab bench to the marketplace, in areas ranging from the development of new antibiotics to the creation of faster, more accurate medical diagnostic tools. more

NCSU Student Bone Marrow Registry Drive Beats the Odds

Jordon CousinsCSC senior, Jordan Cousins, may not consider himself a hero. But to his bone marrow transplant recipient, he certainly is! This feature story in the News & Observer profiles students like Cousins, who participated in the largest such drive in NC State history, and who learned that their samples went on to save the lives of five strangers from around the world in need of a transplant. more

NC State Scores for Video Game Design

NC State ranks among the top schools in the nation for undergraduate courses related to video game design, according to the Princeton Review’s Best 381 Colleges 2017, a popular annual survey of U.S. colleges and universities. Coming in at No. 33, NC State joins an impressive list of public and private institutions in the top 50 for game design, including the University of Southern California, Savannah College of Art and Design and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. more

A Peek Inside Reynolds Renovation

As Reynolds Coliseum prepares for its grand re-opening in September, here's anoth peak inside the "old barn" made new again!. more

A Campus Like Nowhere Else

Campus IdeaPicture the NC State campus as a giant indoor-outdoor museum. Labs are in full public view. Displays and artwork don’t just add beauty; they feature science in action. The landscaping, color choices and lighting highlight the scientific and creative processes. It is a one-of-a-kind campus environment. With the demolition of Harrelson Hall, NC State has an opportunity to create this type of environment on its North Campus. At its heart would be a “Crossroads” building, an iconic, engaging structure that blends form and function in a way that brings international attention to NC State’s historic core, much like the Hunt Library has for Centennial Campus. The building would be the centerpiece of an “Imagination Corridor,” a half-mile passageway through campus that would put NC State science and creativity on display. more

New Faculty Clusters Website Launches

In 2011, NC State launched its faculty clusters program bring together the brightest minds in a range of academic disciplines and give them the support to tackle global issues. These clusters will bring 75 new faculty members in 20 select fields to campus to drive solutions-based research with real-world impact. Check out the new user-friendly guide to everything you ever wanted to know about the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

Cisco Systems has donated $25,000 in support of the ePartners Program.

Interactive Intelligence has donated $6,000 in support of the ePartners Program and the 2016 DiamondHacks Program.

Credit Suisse has donated $7,500 in support of the ePartners Program.

Arista Networks has donated $5,000 in support of the ePartners Program.

Dude Solutions has donated $5,000 in support of the ePartners Program.

Zift Solutions has donated $2,500 in support of the ePartners Program.

Dr. Katie Stolee has been awarded $387,661 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support her research proposal entitled “Semi and Fully Automated Program Repair and Synthesis via Semantic Code Search.” more

Dr. James Lester has been awarded $16,000 in supplemental funding by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his research proposal entitled “A Self-Adaptive Personalized Behavior Change System for Adolescent Preventive Healthcare.” This supplement brings the total funding for this project to $968,818. more

Dr. Ranga Raju Vatsavai has been awarded $19,999 in supplemental funding by Oak Ridge National Laboratory via US Dept. of Energy to support his research proposal entitled “National Extreme Events Data and Research Center (NEED) Transforming the National Capability for Resilience to Extreme Weather and Climate Events.” The award will support the work of one of Vatsavai’s graduate students. This $19,999 supplement brings the total funding for this project to $30,889. more

CSC Wolf Bytes

Nice Op-Ed piece in the N&O written by retired professor emeritus of computer science at NC State, Dr. Alan Tharp! 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 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