CSC eNewsletter - December 2016

Vouk Steps Down as Computer Science Department Head

Dr. Rudra Dutta After more than a decade at the helm, Dr. Mladen Vouk will be stepping down as Computer Science Department Head effective January 1, 2017. He will continue to serve NC State in the very important role of Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Development and Administration as well as Director of the NC State Data Initiative, and as a computer science faculty member. Dr. Louis Martin-Vega, Dean of the NC State College of Engineering, expressed his gratitude for Vouk saying, “I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to Mladen for his dedicated leadership and commitment to CSC for the eleven plus years that he has served in this position. The progress and accomplishments of the CSC faculty, students and staff over these years has been outstanding and reflect both the care and concern that Mladen has felt for the faculty, staff and the department every day that he has been in this position.” Dr. Laurie Williams, professor and Associate Department Head of the Computer Science Department, will serve as the Interim Head for at least 18 months to allow time for a national search to be carried out. more

NC State Chosen as New Site for NSF Center in Phase II

NC State is a new site of the Center for Hybrid Multicore Productivity Research (CHMPR) IUCRC. The site is hosted in the Laboratory for Science and Technologies for End-to-End Enablement of Data (STEED) under the direction of Dr. Rada Chirkova. more

Fidelity Investments "Leadership in Technology" Series Presents Kimberly Calhoun

Kimberly Calhoun Please join us on January 24, 2017 at 6 pm in Lecture Hall 1231 in EB2 for our 1st of three spring 2017 talks in the Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Speakers Series. Our special guest speaker will be Kimberly Calhoun, CEO and Founder of Guardianator, serial entrepreneur, and TV Host for MoneyMasters on PBS. Her talk topic will be “Trade Secrets of a Serial Entrepreneur.” more

ORIED Announces Inaugural GRIP Winners

Four NC State research teams have been selected as the inaugural winners of the Game-Changing Research Incentive Program (GRIP), a three-year, $2.3 million seed-funding initiative designed to stimulate interdisciplinary and collaborative research in the Triangle. The four awards, up to $575,000 each over the three-year period, are provided by the Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development, RTI International and the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Sciences. Among the winners were CSC's Drs. James Lester and Tiffany Barnes. more

Mourning the Loss of CSC Alum, Jared Richardson

We are saddened to report the passing of CSC alum Jared Richardson (BS CSC ’97). Jared was a beloved husband, father, brother and son who has touched many lives. In his professional career, Jared was a consultant, developer, tester, and manager, including Director of Development at several companies. He was the author of two books, Ship It! A Practical Guide to Successful Software Projects and Career 2.0: Take Control of Your Life, and was the 2nd public signatory of the Agile Manifesto. Jared was Screencast Editor for the Pragmatic Bookshelf, and co-founded The GROWS™ Method. He started AgileRTP in 2007 and is well known as a coach and consultant through his company, Agile Artisans. Jared leaves behind a wife and two small children. His friends and colleagues have a established a GoFundMe page to help provide for the education of his young children. more

A Time to Celebrate! Department Honors Our Fall 2016 Graduates

Dec 2016 Grads with Dereck Whittenburg Congratulations Class of 2016! Over 200 computer science graduates were recognized during the Fall 2016 Diploma Ceremony on December 15th in the newly renovated Reynolds Coliseum. This fall’s graduating class included 19 Ph.D., 119 M.S., and 66 B.S. degrees expanding the department’s alumni base to well over 8,000. The top employers for this semester’s graduates are Amazon, Facebook, IBM, and VMware. Wolfpack sports legend, Dereck Whittenburg, served as the keynote speaker. Whittenburg was a member of NC State’s 1983 national championship men’s basketball team. more

2016 Chancellor’s Report

At NC State, we’re on a mission to achieve our full potential, fueled by strategic investments to attract and support world-leading faculty and high-performing students. There’s never been a time when our Think and Do attitude was more important for the work on our campus and around the globe. Thanks to our extraordinary faculty, staff and students, we’re driving tremendous positive change at the very moment the world needs us most. Explore an extraordinary year at NC State » more

NC State Recognized as a Bike Friendly Campus

NC State racks up another honor, nabbing a silver award in the League of American Bicyclists’ annual Bicycle Friendly University recognition program. more

Braswell Named to Distinguished Watch List

Khalia Braswell Congratulations to alumna Khalia Braswell, recently named by Hackbright Academy as one of their “10 Black Female Leaders in Tech to Watch”. Braswell is a User Experience Designer at Apple, and founder of the non-profit, INTech, whose mission is to inform and inspire girls to innovate in the technology industry. more

Governor’s Inaugural Ball Returns to NC State

For the first time in 32 years, NC State will host the North Carolina Governor's Inaugural Ball, with events at newly renovated Reynolds Coliseum and Talley Student Union on Saturday! more

Departmental Gifts & Research

Duke Energy has donated $15,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program and Sr. Design Center.

BCBS of NC has donated $12,500 to the department as part of a larger commitment in support of the ePartners Program and Sr. Design Center.

Dr. Kemafor Anyanwu Ogan has been awarded an IBM Faculty Award valued at $20,000 to support her research efforts.

Jay Strickland and wife April have donated $2,000 to the Carol Miller Student Leadership Endowment.

Andy Smith has donated $1,000 to the Carol Miller Student Leadership Endowment.

CSC Wolf Bytes

Congrats to alum Tzau-Jin (TJ) Chung (MS CSC ’87), who was recently appointed by MCBC Holdings, Inc. to the company’s Board of Directors. 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 Manager of Alumni Career Services, Anna Velleggia at



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