CSC eNewsletter - December 2020

Barnes Named Distinguished Member of the ACM

Dr. Tiffany BarnesCongratulations to Dr. Tiffany Barnes, professor of computer science in the NC State Computer Science Department, on being named a 2020 Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for her outstanding educational contributions to computing. Read More »

Congratulations 2020 CSC Graduates!

Congratulations to the more than 500 Computer Science graduates who were honored during the virtual 2020 Diploma Ceremony on December 5th. We celebrated graduates from spring, summer and fall 2020. The Department had hoped to be in a position this fall to invite all graduates, their friends and family, and our faculty and staff to campus to officially celebrate this milestone. Unfortunately, that was not possible since COVID-19 is still active and surging worldwide. Instead, we partnered with StageClip so that all graduates could be honored as individuals, and be part of a special communal experience on-line as we celebrated and recognized their unique place in the history of the CSC Department. You can view the entire ceremony by clicking on this link. Read More »

The Legend of the Silver Bullet Award

Silver Bullet Award

Stories of the legendary ‘silver bullet’ award have circulated within the walls of the Computer Science Department at NC State University for many years. But like bigfoot, leprechauns, and other mythical creatures, we have been left to wonder if the legend was real. Until now! Is there really such a thing as a ‘silver bullet’ award? Retired professor and department icon, Dr. Tom Honeycutt says, “Yes! I created it!” For decades, he has very quietly recognized a variety of individuals with this unique symbol of his ultimate respect. Read More »

NC State Ranks High in Entrepreneurship Studies

NC State once again earned recognition as one of the nation’s best undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs in the nation by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. Among the many entrepreneurship programs at NC State is an undergrad track in entrepreneurship in computer science. NC State is one of only eight universities in the nation to be ranked in the top 20 for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Read More »

2019-20 Awards and Honors

Here’s a list of awards and honors recently earned by the NC State community. This list presents highlights taken from published news stories and from submissions made by colleges and units across the university. Read More »

Botta Named NC State’s 4th Marshall Scholar

Colton BottaColton Botta loves solving puzzles. And as a recipient of the prestigious Marshall Scholarship, he will have plenty of opportunities to do just that. Botta, a December 2019 graduate in computer science with a minor in business entrepreneurship, is NC State’s fourth Marshall Scholar and one of only 46 nationwide this year. The two-year scholarship includes university fees, cost-of-living expenses, an annual book grant, a thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, and fares to and from the United Kingdom. Read More »

NC State Researchers Take On COVID-19

Some NC State faculty and staff have pivoted from their customary research to study COVID-19, tackling everything from how the novel coronavirus can be effectively managed to how it affects food safety and supply chains. Read More »

Fall/Winter 2020 NC State Engineering Magazine

Enjoy the fall/winter issue of the College of Engineering’s alumni magazine, including several Computer Science related features and stories. Read More »

A Brave Young Coder in a Brave New World

Anna OwensPark Scholar and former CSC Student Ambassador, Anna Owens discovered her passion for cybersecurity while studying computer science at NC State. Now, this atypical computer programmer is preparing to apply her skills at one of the world’s biggest tech companies. Read More »

Early Detection of COVID-19 at Scale Using Wearables

Pre-symptomatic detection of COVID-19 has been a challenge in containing the ongoing pandemic. Wearable monitoring devices provide an exciting opportunity for early detection for real-time infectious disease monitoring at scale. Read more about the project, led by Dr. Amir Bahmani (CSC Ph.D. 2017), who is the Director of Science & Technology at Stanford Healthcare Innovation Lab and Lecturer at Stanford University. Read More »

Select Departmental Gifts & Support

LexisNexis 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.

Bandwidth has donated $5,000 to the department in support of the Sr. Design Center.

Human Support Technology has made an unrestricted gift of $18,968 to support Dr. Noboru Matsuda and his research on artificial intelligence and machine learning.

RunSafe Security has made an unrestricted gift of $27,000 to support Dr. Laurie Williams and her security related teaching and research efforts, specifically as it relates to memory corruption bugs and fixes.

CSC alum, Dr. Blake Lucas has donated $2,000 to the Computer Science Enhancement Fund.

CSC Wolf Bytes

Alum, Scott Gerard (PhD CSC ‘13) was recently renewed as a Master Inventor by IBM, a designation he has held since 2005. He is also a member of IBM's Academy of Technology (~800 of IBM's top technical talent) with 61 issued patents.

The department is saddened to learn of the passing of our colleague in ECE, Dr. Arne Nilsson. Dr. Nilsson worked closely with Dr. Harry Perros to jointly found the networking program at NC State University. He served as a core member of the networking group, teaching a variety of graduate level CSC/ECE networking and telecommunications courses. Drs. Nilsson and Perros collaborated closely on research, holding many joint grants and co-advising many PhD students. The work they did in creating this renowned networking program, and its associated research efforts, represents one of the strongest examples of collaboration between the CSC and ECE departments.

Follow the Department on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram 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, Instagram 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



This eNewsletter is sponsored for the 2020-21 academic year by ePartner BCBS of NC, Lowes Home Improvement and VMware