CSC eNewsletter - February 2019

NC State Computer Science Event to Help TechGirlz Set World Record

Female Campers learn to code at NC StateTo honor Women’s History Month, the national organization TechGirlz will attempt to set the world record for number of girls coding at the same time at its CodeBreakers event on March 30th. TechGirlz aims to inspire and empower middle school girls through their passion for technology. Through a collaboration between student groups and TechGirlz’s North Carolina chapter, the event will include a local session held on NC State’s Centennial Campus at the Hunt Library (1070 Partners Way) from 12-3P, and is open to girls in fifth to ninth grade. more

NC State Recognized in Rankings of Diverse Graduates

The February 7, 2019 issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, celebrating Black History Month lists NC State as #7 in its top producers of bachelor’s degrees in engineering earned by African-American students, with 66 graduates, up 3% from last year’s 64. more

Alumni Profile: Eric Davidson - Creating Technology That Encourages Us to Eat More Chicken

Eric DavidsonWhen you are consistently ranked as the top fast food restaurant, year after year, how do you improve? This is the challenge faced by Chick-fil-A. The answer – embrace technology to enhance the customer experience! If you are a Chick-fil-A fan, you have surely noticed the increasing number of customers who are using the restaurant’s mobile app to order (and pay for) food in advance, allowing them to quickly stop in (or drive thru) to pick up their orders. Or you may have noticed the efficiency by which staff uses mobile technology to take orders to speed you through the drive-thru process. As you marvel at Chick-fil-A’s speed and efficiency, one of the people you can thank is NC State alum, Eric Davidson (BS CSC ’17), a Software Development Engineer working at Chick-fil-A’s corporate office in Atlanta. Eric and his Quality Engineering team are working on over 30 projects designed to improve the customer experience through efficiency and quality, each with their own unique automation barriers. more

NC State and Infosys Collaborate to Develop Future Data Science Workforce

NC State is entering into a three-year collaboration with Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology and next-generation services, to help prepare the workforce of the future in data science by advancing employee education and skills development. NC State expert faculty will provide training for Infosys employees in foundational data science skills such as statistics, data visualization, machine learning and programming in Python. Over the next three years, at least 150 new Infosys employees are expected to participate in the joint program which launched last month on NC State’s Centennial Campus. more

How Data Helps Us Think and Do

What informs the decisions that impact 45,000 NC State students, faculty and staff? How do we figure out the best ways to address society’s grand challenges on a local and global scale? We tackle these complex questions every day at NC State through our teaching, research and service. Our solutions, while multi-faceted, are often informed by “big data.” Upon first hearing the term, however, many people are left with a question. more

Fidelity Investments "Leadership in Technology" Series Presents Steve Grobman

Steve GrobmanPlease join us on March 26, 2018 at 6:30P in Lecture Hall 1231 in EB2 for our final spring 2019 talk in the Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Speakers Series. Our special guest speaker will be Steve Grobman, SVP & Chief Technology Officer at McAfee. His talk topic will be “Technology Has No Moral Compass.more

Woodson, Alumni Land Spots on ‘Power 100’ List

Chancellor Randy Woodson and a number of NC State alumni were named to Business North Carolina’s “Power 100” list, which, according to the magazine, cites “influential folks who are making a significant impact in their enterprises, industries and, in many cases, the broader community.” more

NC State Research Image Contest

NC State is calling on graduate students, undergraduate students, postdocs, faculty and staff to take part in Envisioning Research, the university’s annual research image contest. Help us highlight the beauty and importance of the work being done at the bench and in the field, both on campus and around the world. Submissions are due by June 7, 2019. Full contest details and submission form available online. more

Mark Your Calendar for NC State's 'Day of Giving'

NC State Day of GivingNC State’s first-ever Day of Giving is on March 27, 2019. For 24 hours, we’ll encourage gifts to the university through special challenges, college-on-college competitions and surprise guests. Your gift drives the future of NC State and the extraordinary Think and Do spirit that has allowed us to take our place among the nation’s top-performing universities. Make plans now to support the Department of Computer Science and help our students and faculty Think and Do the Extraordinary. more

Heckman will serve as SIGCSE Symposium Program Co-Chair

Dr. Sarah Heckman will serve as Symposium Program Co-Chair for the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) when it holds its 50th annual SIGCSE Technical Symposium in Minneapolis, MN, from February 27 to March 2, 2019. SIGCSE is the largest computing education conference in the world, and will attract more than 1,500 researchers, educators, practitioners, and others interested in improving computing education in grades K-12, two-year colleges, and higher education settings. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

Oracle has donated $25,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program, Aspirations Awards and their Oracle CSC Scholarship Endowment.

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

NetApp has donated $2,500 in supplemental funds to the department in support of the ePartners Program and the PackHacks event.

Samanage has donated $2,688 to establish the new Samanage Success Scholarship for Computer Science, a needs-based scholarship which will be awarded to a rising junior or senior majoring in Computer Science in NC State, with a preference toward NC residents and highest possible GPA.

CSC Wolf Bytes

Congratulations to Dr. Katie Stolee on the birth of a beautiful baby girl!

Congrats to CSC alumna and HOF member, Dr. Beth Mynatt, on the release of the MyPath app, which uses AI to guide breast cancer patients with personalized recommendations along their journey. more

Congrats to CSC alumna and Associate Professor of Computer Science at Winthrop University, Dr. Nicki Washington, who was profiled in Essence magazine as one 15 Black Women Disrupting the Tech Industry!

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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