Computer Science eNewsletter

Congratulations to the CSC Fall 2015 Graduates!

Fall 2015 GraduatesMore than 220 undergraduates and graduates celebrated their graduation during the Computer Science Department’s Fall Diploma Ceremony held Thursday, December 17 at Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh. This fall’s graduating class included 17 Ph.D., 121 M.S., and 82 B.S. degrees expanding the department’s alumni base to well over 7,600. The top employers for this semester’s graduates are Amazon, IBM, Facebook, Bank of America, Cisco, and NetApp. We were honored to have Robert T. “Bob” Geolas, President and CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina, serve as our keynote speaker. more

Dutta and Williams Named Senior Members of IEEE

Congratulations to Dr. Rudra Dutta, Professor of Computer Science at NC State, and Dr. Laurie Williams, Associate Department Head and Professor of Computer Science at NC State, on recently being elevated to Senior Member grade of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). more

Fidelity Investments Series Presents Pete Forsyth

Pete ForsythPlease join us on January 26, 2016 at 6 pm in Lecture Hall 1231 in EB2 for our first spring 2016 talk in the Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Speakers Series. Our special guest speaker will be Pete Forsyth, principal at Wiki Strategies The topic of his talk will be “Wikipedia – a new era in humanity’s curation of knowledge". more

Department Announces Masters Track in Software Engineering

The Department of Computer Science at NC State University is pleased to announce the approval and launch of a Masters Track in Software Engineering in the Computer Science Graduate Program curriculum. The curriculum is effective immediately. Dr. George Rouskas, Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, says, “This concentration addresses an industry need for graduates with advanced software development skills. The Software Engineering Track reflects the Department’s strength in this field, both in terms of spectrum of course offerings and our faculty’s research activities." more

Student Project Evolves into New Tool for the Biotech Industry

When Scott Vu started working on a computer science research project as a teenager, he didn’t realize it would lead him down a path to earning a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and launching a company designed to help the biotechnology industry operate more efficiently. Inspired by the likes of Drs. Donald Bitzer and Mladen Vouk, this CSC alum and his new company, RiboWiz, is ready to change the world! more

Students Get an Assist from Whittenburgs

Whittenburg Scholarship WinnersAs a player, Dereck Whittenburg distributed lots of assists for the Wolfpack men's basketball team. Earlier this year, Dereck and his wife, Jacqueline, started the Dereck Whittenburg Foundation for Education, in order to provide need-based scholarship support for students at NC State and Shaw University. Four students from each institution became the inaugural recipients of onetime scholarships from the foundation during a ceremony held Dec. 2 at Marbles Museum in downtown Raleigh. Among the inaugural winners was Jorge Ramos Ruiz, a senior studying computer science from Apex, NC. more

Student Teams Make a Strong Showing in ACM Programming Contest

On November 7th, four teams of NC State computer science students, coached by Dr. David Sturgill, competed in the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional Programming Contest of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). The top-placing team from NC State finished fifth in a field of 185 teams from nearby states, including 11 teams from Duke University, 10 teams from UNC, four from the University of Maryland and one from the University of Pennsylvania. The teams would like to thank their sponsors: Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Boeing, Allstate, Applied Systems, PointSource, the Computer Science Department ePartners Program, and the NC State Engineering Foundation. more

CSC Students to Benefit from CED-NCSU Entrepreneurs Mentoring Partnership

A partnership between the Council for Entrepreneurial Development and N.C. State's Office of Technology Transfer means that aspiring NCSU entrepreneurs can receive mentoring support. CED CEO Joan Siefert Rose says, “CED’s mission is to help propel companies to their full potential in North Carolina, and with so many NC State entrepreneurs leading the way in fields such as advanced manufacturing, energy, agriculture and animal health, biomechanics and computer science, this partnership is a natural fit." more

Centennial Construction Updates

StateView HotelGround clearing has begun for StateView Hotel, a 164-room Marriott Autograph Collection hotel and conference center to be located next door to the Alumni Center and across from the Lonnie Poole Golf Course. It is scheduled to open in early 2017. Work has also begun in the heart of Centennial Campus on the new Center for Technology and Innovation (CTI), which will house the internationally recognized Nonwovens Institute and corporate partners. That building should open in the Fall of 2016.

Introducing the NexUX People Podcast!

NC State’s NexUX group, an exploration of the local UX community, proudly announces the first episode of the NexUX People Podcast! Our goal in creating this podcast is to introduce members of the local UX community and help listeners learn from their stories and experiences. Our first episode features Pat Fitzgerald, Associate Professor of Art + Design at NC State University. Among other things, we talk about Pat's history, working with new media, and collaborating between disciplines. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

Oracle has donated $35,000 to the department in support of student scholarships, the Senior Design Center the ePartners Program, as part of a larger gift to the NC State College of Engineering.

I-Cubed (a KPIT Company) has donated $12,500 to the department in support of the Senior Design Center and the ePartners Program.

STEMBrite has donated $1,500 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

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

Maryann & Dr. Donald Bitzer have donated $10,000 to the department in support of the Bitzer Undergraduate Research Endowment and $1,000 to the Bitzer Creativity Award.

Mark & Robin Wyatt have donated $1,500 in support of the Mark and Robin Wyatt Scholarship Endowment Award.

Andy Smith has donated $1,000 in support of the Carol Miller Student Leadership Award.

CSC Wolf Bytes

Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Healey, who was recently appointed to the Goodnight Distinguished Professorship in Advanced Analytics. more

Congratulations to CSC alumna and Strategic Advisory Board member, Dr. Beth Mynatt, for being named a 2015 ACM Fellow! more

Congratulations to CSC alum, Thomas Silloway, Director of Development at Psyonix in San Diego, CA, for being recognized on the Forbes 2016 ‘30 Under 30’ list of outstanding leaders in the “Games” category! According to Forbes, “Silloway led the design, development and programming of one of the biggest breakout hits of 2015, the play-soccer-in-tricked-out-racecars game, Rocket League." more

Congratulations to alumna, Vidya Srinivasan, program manager for Microsoft’s OneDrive-SharePoint team, who was recently profiled by Microsoft for her work in the tech industry within and outside the company! more

After more than 20 years at SAS, CSC alum Jim Davis is leaving his role as executive vice president and chief marketing officer to take a new executive role with Informatica. more

Follow the Department on Facebook, LinkedIn, 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, 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 Career Services Counselor Catherine Tuttle at