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Welcome to the online edition of CSC eNews, a monthly electronic newsletter for alumni and friends of the Department of Computer Science at NC State University.

January 24, 2005

CSC Student Wins Cisco Scholarship

Congratulations to Qingfeng He (CSC Ph.D. Candidate) for being awarded the Cisco Systems Information Assurance Scholarship for the Spring 2005 semester. CISCO awards eight such scholarships annually, each valued at $2,500. This is the third year in a row that an NCSU CSC student has been awarded this prestigious scholarship, a distinction equaled only by our peers at Georgia Tech. Previous winners include Neha Jain (2003) and Matthew Vail (2004). more

Departmental Research Grants, Gifts, and Support

Distrobot Systems, Inc has made a $20,000 unrestricted contribution to support the work of Dr. Peter Wurman, assistant professor of computer science.

Alumnus David Perkins (BS '77) has donated $2,500 to the KC Tai Memorial Endowment.

Welcome to our newest ePartner, Itron, a leading technology provider and critical source of knowledge to the global energy and water industries. Headquartered in Spokane, WA, Itron has a significant local presence here in Raleigh. In addition to becoming an ePartner, Itron is also sponsoring a Senior Design Center project this spring.

Super ePartner, Network Appliance, is recognized for a very generous unrestricted cash gift of $40,000 in support of the department.

Corporate Friend, ABB, has provided a $2,550 unrestricted cash gift to support the research efforts of Dr. Laurie Williams.

Computer Service Partners recently donated website development services to the department, and made an unrestricted cash contribution valued at approximately $4,000 to renew their ePartners recognition.

Congratulations to Drs. Injong Rhee and Robert Fornaro for having their collaborative proposal titled "NeTS-Noss: Exploring the Design Space of Sensor Networks Using Route-Aware MAC Protocols" funded for $584,999 by the National Science Foundation. The award will run from January 1st of this year through December 31, 2007. more

Special thanks to all our alumni who made significant YE contributions that benefit the department and the College of Engineering including Keith Collins, Gerhard Pilcher, Jo Goodson, Thomas Parkin, Sallie Everette, and Jessie Fearrington.

NC State's Accreditation Reaffirmed by SACS

Three years of work by teams of faculty and staff met with success recently, as the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaffirmed NC State's accreditation for a period of 10 years. NC State was in the first class of institutions to be reaffirmed using new standards and a new review process implemented by SACS. more

Class Schedule Format Changing

A new class schedule will go into effect in Fall 2005, bringing several new benefits, including better utilization of classroom space and the ability to accommodate about 14,000 additional student credit hours per semester. The new class time schedule will boost classroom usage on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (MWF) afternoons. Typically, there are only about 65 sections that meet MWF at 2:35-3:25 p.m., less than 15 sections that meet MWF at 3:40-4:30 p.m., and very few that meet at 4:45-5:35 p.m. This new schedule creates three new time slots (beginning at 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.) that may be used on Monday and Wednesday (MW), Monday and Friday (MF), or Wednesday and Friday (WF). These new slots require no greater burden on classrooms or on student schedules than the current MWF slots. more

More quota! New SMS for Campus

As January 2005 signals the start of a new calendar year and semester, it also marks the beginning of a new model for centralized data storage at NC State. The Information Technology Division (ITD), in collaboration with NC State colleges, Resource Management and Information Systems, NCSU Libraries and the Office of the Provost, is pleased to announce the launch of the university's new Storage Management System (SMS). In addition, ITD has developed an innovative web-based Quota Manager to enhance the usability of the new SMS for NC State students, faculty and staff. more

Engineering Career Fair - February 3, 2005

The NCSU College of Engineering's annual "Engineering Career Fair" has been scheduled for Thursday, February 3, 2005 at the McKimmon Center. This is the largest career fair held on campus for engineering students, with over 100 companies expected to participate. more

IBM Plans "Extreme Blue" Information Sessions

Students, do you want an experience where you run a mini-business to solve a problem or provide a solution to a client? Are you interested in presenting your project results to top executives of a Fortune 500 company? Do you have a desire to work on leading technology and develop skills that will give you a competitive advantage? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, IBM wants to talk to you about their "Extreme Blue" program, which combines great talent and cutting edge technology to drive innovation. Representatives from IBM will be on hand for a special information session on Jan. 26th in 406 Daniels Hall from 6:00-7:30 pm. They are seeking talented Computer Science and Computer Engineering students for 2005 summer opportunities. You are invited to join them at this information session and enjoy free food and prizes!

Red Hat Career Opportunity Events

ePartner, Red Hat, has asked us to inform all CSC students of the following events which have been scheduled to highlight career opportunities within their growing company headquartered on Centennial Campus. For more information, consult Red Hat Career Events.

Four "Road to Red Hat" sessions have been planned for Jan. 24, Feb 21, March 21, and April 18. Each session will begin at 5:30 pm promptly at the Red Hat headquarters, and will feature Pizza, guest speakers, and company representatives who will answer your questions about internships, coop positions, and new grad hiring plans. In addition, Red Hat will give away an open enrollment RHCE-track class seat to a lucky attendee.

An "Internship Career Fair" will be held on Feb. 10 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm at Red Hat's headquarters on Centennial Campus. Drop by anytime during this special event to learn more about specific summer internship opportunities.

NC State to host 2005 IECON in Raleigh

We are proud to announce that NC State will serve as the host for IECON'05, an international conference on industrial applications of electronics, control, robotics, signal processing, computational and artificial intelligence, sensors and actuators, instrumentation electronics, computer networks, internet and multimedia technologies. The objectives of the conference scheduled for November 6-10 at the Sheraton Capital Center in downtown Raleigh, are to provide high quality research and professional interactions for the advancement of science, technology, and fellowship. more

New Job Opportunities for CSC Students

Several new intern, coop, part-time and full-timer opportunities have been added to the Computer Science Career Services page in the last few weeks. In fact, over 30 opportunities are now posted on the site, with some companies looking for students to fill immediate needs. Please check the site regularly as postings are updated frequently. site link

Gingrich to Keynote Emerging Issues Forum

Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, will be the keynote speaker Feb. 7 at the 20th annual Emerging Issues Forum, "My Health is Your Business: Making Healthcare Work in North Carolina." The two-day forum, hosted by the Institute for Emerging Issues at North Carolina State University, also features Tommy Thompson, who is completing his term as secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; governors, CEOs of major corporations and prominent healthcare providers. more

Faculty / Staff News

It is with mixed emotion that we announce that Jennifer Craddock, our Sponsored Contracts Manager, will be leaving the department effective February 1st. We are happy for her as she pursues a tremendous career growth opportunity with Fidelity Mutual, but we will miss her greatly. Missy Seate and the COE Contracts and Grants office will coordinate the research grant submission and management tasks until this opening is filled.


eNews Archive

In the News

The department of computer science is proud to recognize new ePartner Itron, and newest Corporate Friends Distrobot Systems and Memscap. Thanks for your support.

Upcoming Events

Jan 24 - "Road to Red Hat"

Jan 26 - IBM Extreme Blue Info Session

Feb 3 - Engineering Career Fair

Feb 7&8 - Emerging Issues Forum

Feb 10 - Red Hat Internship Career Fair

Alumni in the News

Derek Meyer (BS, 1979 ) -
Computing, Piloting Skills Combine for High-flying Career...more

Elwood Becton (BS, 1973)
- From a CSC degree to a law degree, this early grad follows his heart to success. ...more

This eNewsletter is sponsored for the 2004-05 academic year by Tekelec, a computer science Super ePartners Program company.