CSC eNewsletter - February 2020

Game Development Program Ranked #1 in NC!

Game DeveloperAccording to the 2020 Game Design School Rankings by the Animation Career Review, NC State’s Game Development Program in the Department of Computer Science has been ranked #1 in North Carolina and #7 in the South. Additionally, NC State was ranked among the top 25% of all schools nationally. The department began offering a concentration in Video Game Development in 2008. Since then, the program has developed into one of the best in the nation. While students focus on the development of video games and software engineering processes, the program also allows students to take non-computer science electives, which will aid in their holistic development as well-rounded students with multifaceted skill sets. more

Five New Members Named to Strategic Advisory Board

The Computer Science Department is pleased to welcome five new members to the department’s Strategic Advisory Board (SAB): Jim Fletcher - Strategy Partner at Momenta Partners, Bryan Harris - Senior Vice President of Research and Development at SAS, Peggy Pranschke - Senior Director, Data Science and Advance Artificial Intelligence at Advance Auto Parts, Mark Risoldi - Executive Director, Global Head of Information Risk Management at Merck, and Felix Ritscher-Montilla - Director of Cybersecurity Operations and Engineering at PRA Health Sciences. more

Rouskas Recognized for Outstanding Service to ONTC

Dr. George RouskasCongratulations to the Dr. George Rouskas, Director of Graduate Programs and Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor of Computer Science at NC State, on receiving the 2019 Outstanding Service Award from the Optical Networking Committee (ONTC) of the IEEE Communications Society. Rouskas has been a member of the ONTC for over 20 years serving as secretary from 2012-2013; vice chair from 2014-2015; and chair from 2016-2017. more

Improving AI’s Ability to Identify Students Who Need Help

Researchers at NC State have designed an artificial intelligence (AI) model that is better able to predict how much students are learning in educational games. The improved model makes use of an AI training concept called multi-task learning, and could be used to improve both instruction and learning outcomes. more

Health Care Company Anthem Joins NC State’s IBM Q Hub

Anthem, Inc., a leading health benefits company, is the second founding member to join the IBM Q Hub at NC State University, where it will explore how quantum computing may further enhance the consumer health care experience. more

Singh Recipient of 2020 ACM/SIGAI Autonomous Agents Research Award

Dr. Munindar SinghCongratulations to the Dr. Munindar Singh, Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor of Computer Science at NC State, on receiving the 2020 ACM/SIGAI Autonomous Agents Research Award. This award acknowledges Singh’s extensive contributions to our understanding of social interaction and autonomy in Artificial Intelligence through his seminal work on interaction protocols, norms, and trust in multiagent systems. This work pioneered new approaches to thinking about sociotechnical systems in a formal and verifiable manner. The broad impact of the work has extended far beyond the agent community to encompass concerns in service-oriented computing, software engineering, and distributed computing. In addition, Singh has served the autonomous agents research community in a variety of roles, including as general chair of AAMAS 2005, a charter member of the editorial board of JAAMAS, and an IFAAMAS Board member. more

NC State Entrepreneurship Shines at CES 2020

Tom Miller, NC State's senior vice provost for academic outreach and entrepreneurship, was recently interviewed by the Trade Show Live to talk about entrepreneurship culture at the university and programs fostering a business-building environment. Listen to the podcasts, on which Miller shares how the concept of creating “beneficial collisions” led to the birth of programs and common spaces such as the Entrepreneurship Garage, the Albright Entrepreneurs Village and the eClinic. more

Mark Your Calendars for DiamondHacks 2020!

On March 28-29, NC State’s Women in Computer Science (WiCS) organization will be hosting our annual hackathon, DiamondHacks! The hackathon will be from 10AM-10PM on Saturday March 28th, and from 10AM-5PM on Sunday March 29th in Engineering Building 2 on NC State University’s Centennial Campus. more

FI Speakers Series Welcomes Gary McGraw

Gary McGrawPlease join us on April 9th at 6:30P in room 1231 in Engineering Building 2 for our 3rd and final spring talk in the Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Speakers Series. Our special guest speaker will besoftware icon Gary McGraw, Co-Founder of the Berryville Institute of Machine. McGraw’s topic will be “Technology Transfer: A Software Security Case Study.” The event is free and open to the public. Ample free parking is available on Centennial Campus after 5P. more

NC State's 2nd Annual 'Day of Giving' to be Held March 25th!

Together, you’ve helped make NC State Day of Giving a special Wolfpack tradition. Mark your calendars for March 25, 2020, for this year’s event — a day filled with fun challenges, leaderboard competitions and the strength of the Pack. Every gift makes a difference by enhancing programs and facilities, supporting faculty and helping current and future students achieve their potential. Last year, the Department of Computer Science received 72 gifts valued at over $11,000 during this special day. This year, alum Tony Brown has made a personal pledge of $10,000 if we can get 100 gifts or more. Any donor giving a gift of $100 or more will recieve an authentic 'NC State Computing Center' punch card (circa 1970s). more

Departmental Gifts & Research

Merck has donated $25,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program and the Senior Design Center.

NetApp has donated $25,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program and the Senior Design Center.

Birlasoft has donated $15,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

Allscripts has donated $10,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

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

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

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

Red Storm Entertainment has donated $2,500 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

Aluma, Kathy Markham has donated $1,000 to the department as part of an ongoing effort to establish a new endowment to honor retired professor and former department head, Dr. Alan Tharp.

Pat Galloway has donated more than $15,000 to the department in support of the Society for Information Management (SIM) Ed Galloway Scholarship Endowment.

Dr. Patrick Dreher has been awarded $354,437 by the Oak Ridge National Laboratories – UT-Battelle LLC to support his research proposal entitled “Challenge and Opportunities in Noise-Aware Implementations of Quantum Field Theories on Near-Term Quantum Computing Hardware.” more

Drs. Will Enck and Brad Reaves have been awarded $1,033,306 by the US Navy – Office of Naval Research to support their research proposal titled “Defining Security Policy in Distributed Environments Using Network Views.” more

CSC Wolf Bytes

Congratulations to Tracy Doaks, chair of our Computer Science Strategic Advisory Board, who has been appointed by Governor Roy Cooper as Secretary of the Department of Information Technology for the State of North Carolina. link

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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