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CSC Students Support Bald Eagle Streaming Video Project

Photo of Eagle's nest.There’s a new family of bald eagles nesting nearby, and NC State computer science students are helping to make it possible to see their daily activities via streaming online video. more

Data Leak Vulnerability Haunts Latest Android (Gingerbread)

A computer security researcher at NC State University, Dr. Xuxian Jiang, has identified a security vulnerability in the latest version of Google Android, version 2.3, also known as Gingerbread. The vulnerability gives attackers access to user data – similar to a vulnerability identified in previous iterations of Android, which Google thought it had fixed with the latest version. more

NC State is Home to the Most Powerful Academic HPC in North Carolina

Photo of Dr. Frank Mueller.NC State University is the home of an extremely powerful educational HPC (high performance computing) cluster made up of 1728 processor cores and 36 NVIDIA Tesla C2050 GPUs on 108 computer nodes (32GB RAM each) with QDR Infiniband. According to Dr. Frank Mueller, professor in the NC State Computer Science Department, this cluster is currently the most powerful academic HPC cluster in North Carolina. more

Department Welcomes New Strategic Advisory Board Members

Two Computer Science Department alumni have recently joined the department’s Strategic Advisory Board (SAB). Loren Harrell, CEO & Founder of, and Heather Miller, Senior VP-Technology of Bank of America are the SAB’s newest members. more

Department Congratulates Two “Pride of the Wolfpack” Award Winners

Two members of the Computer Science Department have been selected as recipients of the "Pride of the Wolfpack" Awards. Tammy Coates, External Relations Administrative Specialist, and Tari Ryan, Student Services Assistant in the Undergraduate Advising Office, were recognized for the months of September and December 2010, respectively. more

Fidelity Investments "Leadership in Technology" Series Presents Sandy Costa

Photo of Sandy CostaHumanity at Work: Attributes That All Great Leaders Share. We welcomeauthor, lawyer and former President & COO of Quintiles, Sandy Costa, on March 15th for the Fidelity Investments "Leadership in Technology" Executive Speakers Series. Event is free and open to the public. more

NC State Colleges of Engineering & Management Launch Dual Engineering MBA Degree Program

The NC State Jenkins MBA program in the Poole College of Management and the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering have announced the launch of a new Master of Industrial Engineering/Master of Business Administration (MIE/MBA) degree, allowing students to obtain both a master’s degree in industrial engineering and an MBA in two years. The MIE/MBA degree will begin in fall 2011. more

An Inspirational Win

Just over a year ago, Wolfpack offensive coordinator Dana Bible never imagined he’d be in the running for a football award based on his off-field struggles against a rare disease. more

All-Around Champions

Photo of Brittany Strachan.Brittany Strachan, a senior majoring in Computer Science, has been selected to receive the Weaver-James-Corrigan Award, an award given to student-athletes who have performed with distinction in the classroom, community and in their respective sports. more

Big Wheels on Campus

Tired of filling up with $3-a-gallon gas? Looking for a greener alternative to commuting solo? Yearning to feel the wind in your hair while you burn some calories? Good news: NC State has new two- and four-wheel options on campus. Here’s how they roll. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

Research in Motion (RIM), makers of BlackBerry brand smartphones, has donated $50,000 to the NC State College of Engineering in support of students and programs in the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering. Specifically the funding will go to support senior design projects and graduate fellowships in wireless networking, platform software development, and embedded systems. The gift is a part of a total commitment to the college valued at $150,000 over three years.

IBM has donated five HS20 blades and a BladeCenter E chassis, which are now in service in the OSCAR Lab in Venture 3.

The Raleigh Chapter of the ISSA has donated an additional $1,500 to the department in support of the Chip Kelly / ISSA Raleigh Scholarship Endowment. This will be added to a previous donation to increase the scholarship award to $3,500 for the 2011-12 academic year.

The RTP Chapter of the Society for Information Management (NC-SIM) has donated $14,500 to the department in support of the NC-SIM Scholarship Endowment and its cash awards for the 2011-12 academic year.

Dr. Nagiza Samatova has been awarded more than $610,000 to support two data mining related research proposals focused on identifying new solutions to managing the avalanche of data expected in extreme-scale computing environments. more

Dr. Christopher Healey has received $61,540 in supplemental funding from UNC-Chapel Hill via Sandia National Laboratories to support his research proposal titled “Ensemble and Comparative Visualization of Scientific Datasets.” more

Dr. Frank Mueller has been awarded $31,167 in supplemental funding by the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to support his research proposal titled “BLCR Support for Job Pause, Live Migration and Incremental Checkpointing.” more

Dr. Laurie Williamshas received a 2010 IBM Smarter Planet Innovation Faculty Award to supoprt her research proposal titled “On Educational Materials for Secure and Privacy-Preserving Development of Healthcare IT Electronic Health Records Applications.” The award is valued at $10,000. more

Faculty / Staff & Alumni News

Dr. George Rouskas has co-edited a book, "Next Generation Internet: Architectures and Protocols", that is ideal for students, researchers, and practitioners who need to know about designing, constructing and operating the next-generation Internet. more

Dr. Emerson Murphy-Hill has been elected to a 3-year term on the CSC Strategic Planning Committee.

With mixed emotions we announce the departure of Wayne Clark, Associate Director of Research for the Institute for Next Generation IT Systems (ITng). In this part time role, Wayne played a key role in shaping and launching ITng, while also serving as a tremendous resource in helping Centennial Campus recruit new partners that align well with the University's key research thrusts. Wayne recently retired from Cisco Systems after a very distinguished and influential career. He is an active emeritus member of the department’s Strategic Advisory Board. We wish Wayne the very best in his retirement.

CSC alum and Park Scholar, Dr. Milind Kulkarni (B.S. '02) appeared on Jeopardy Thursday, February 10. He is currently an assistant professor in the School or Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University (link).

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