CSC eNewsletter - December 2017

Faculty Inventors Honored

Dr. Donald BitzerTwo faculty members at NC State University are being named fellows by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), including Dr. Donald L. Bitzer, Distinguished University Research Professor of Computer Science. Bitzer co-invented the flat plasma display panel in 1964. The technology was eventually applied to television screens, and millions of plasma TVs have been sold to the public since they were introduced in the 1990s. His work on the plasma display monitor earned him an Emmy Award in 2002. He also invented and co-developed Programmed Logic for Automated Teaching Operations, or PLATO, the first computer system to combine graphics and touch-screen displays. more

Making AI ‘Intentional’: a Case Study and New Programming Framework

Computer science researchers, led by Dr. Chris Martens, have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) game-playing program that exhibits social reasoning and “intentionality” – meaning it can infer how other players are likely to respond to new information and what other players likely want from the AI when they share information. The program serves as a proof of concept for a new programming framework the researchers have developed for creating more intentional AI programs. more

Gaming to Inspire Future Generations of Health Scientists

Game Screen CaptureIf the United States wants to remain a leader in health sciences, it needs to interest young people from diverse backgrounds in the field. With that in mind, a team of researchers led by Dr. James Lester – supported by a $1.3 million grant from NIH – is developing an online adventure game designed to inspire future generations to pursue health-related careers. more

Campus Tunnel Marks 50 Years of Free Speech

The department of computer science is not the only thing on campus that celebrated 50 years in 2017. Since the days of bell-bottoms and peace signs, NC State’s iconic Free Expression Tunnel has made space for a wide spectrum of viewpoints. Learn more about the Wolfpack’s original social media tool. more

New Road to Improve Campus Connectivity

Construction has begun on a new road that will make it easier to go between NC State's Centennial Campus and main campus. The road is planned to open sometime next fall. more

Fidelity Investments "Leadership in Technology" Series Presents Opal Perry

Opal PerryPlease join us on January 30, 2018 at 6 pm in Lecture Hall 1231 in EB2 for our 1st of three spring 2018 talks in the Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Speakers Series. Our special guest speaker will be Opal Perry, Vice President and Divisional CIO for Claims Technology Services at Allstate. Her talk topic will be “Digital Forces for Good: Tying Purpose to Action.” more

2017 Promoted and Tenured Faculty

Achieving promotion and tenure mark significant milestones for the faculty at NC State. Promotion assigns a new rank for faculty members, and tenure acknowledges notable career accomplishments and promotes the academic freedom of the faculty. Read about faculty members, including several from Computer Science, who achieved promotion and tenure this year at the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost News site. more

Pack Plaid: NC State’s Official Tartan

Kathleen Kelly ‘14 was in her first semester of graduate school at the College of Textiles when she designed the winning entry in NC State’s Pack Plaid contest. Her design, a sophisticated pattern in black, dark gray, red and white, is now listed as the “North Carolina State University — Pack Plaid” in the Scottish Registry of Deeds, the official Scottish register of tartans! more

Over 200 CSC Graduates Honored During Fall Diploma Ceremony

Fall 2018 CSC GraduatesOn December 15th, NC State’s Reynolds Coliseum was filled with friends and family cheering, hooting, and hollering for the 215 recent computer science graduates. This year’s class included 18 Ph.D., 116 M.S., and 81 B.S. degree recipients. The top employers of this year’s graduates are Amazon, VMware, EMC Dell, NetApp, SAS, Fidelity Investments and LexisNexis. Michael Lipps, President and Chief Operating Officer of MercuryGate International, served as the keynote speaker. more

2017 Chancellor’s Report

Check out this year’s Chancellor’s Report to find out how NC State is meeting the complex challenges facing higher education. From groundbreaking research discoveries to record-breaking donor support, the university is on the rise. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

Oracle has donated $25,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

BB&T has donated $25,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program and the Sr. Design Center.

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

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

Inmar has donated $5,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

David Perkins has donated $1,000 to the department in support of the Dr. KC Tai Memorial Endowment Fund.

An anonymous donor has made a $70,000 donation in support of the Mary A. & William H. ‘Bill’ Messer Computer Science Scholarship Endowment. The generous gift will launch the new endowment, which will provide need and/or merit-based scholarship support to students pursuing a degree in Computer Science. The scholarship honors the Messers, who were life-long North Carolinians from the Gastonia area, with a strong affinity to NC State University.

CSC Wolf Bytes

Dr. George Rouskas has been appointed as Founding Editor-in-Chief of a new IEEE Journal he helped create, the IEEE Networking Letters (L-NET). The appointment is for a three-year term (January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2020). He was also appointed as a member of the OFC Steering Committee, representing IEEE ComSoc, the largest networking conference with ~15,000 attendees. This appointment is also for a three-year term (2018-2020).

Retired Professor Emeritus, Dr. David McAllister, just graduated his last PhD student – Dr. Syed Hussein, an ECE graduate.

Congratulations to alumna, Shilpi Suneja who was recently recognized with a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in the Literature Creative Writing (Prose) area. The endowment doled out $900,000 to 36 recipients. 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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