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January 31, 2007

New SAB Members Announced

Dr. Mladen Vouk, department head, and the NC State Department of Computer Science are pleased to announce the addition of four new members to the department's Strategic Advisory Board (SAB): Sidd Chopra (CSC B.S. '88) - President & Founder of Analytrix LLC, Gail Kramer (CSC B.S. '85) - VP, Business Intelligence Clients w/ SAS Institute, Eric Wagner - Senior Director, NAS Solutions w/ EMC Corporation, and Mark Wyatt (CSC B.S. '80) - VP, IT Business Applications w/ Duke Energy. more

Departmental Research Grants, Gifts, and Support

NVIDIA has provided Dr. Ben Watson an NVIDIA Professor Partnership Award valued at $25,000. The unrestricted cash award will be used to augment Watson's research on sparse change-focused imagery as detailed in his proposal "Fonts for Imagery".

Rhee Technology Consulting has provided the department a $10,000 unrestricted gift to support research in the area of computer networks and multimedia computing.

Super ePartner, Microsoft, has made a $5,000 donation to the department in support of our Senior Design Center.

Walter & Sarah Heckman have made a generous $1,000 personal pledge to the Joyce Hatch Scholarship Endowment. To date, 59 donors have contributed almost $22,000 and pledged almost $39,000 to this fund.

Sun Microsystems, Inc. has donated 10 Sun SPOT wireless sensor kits to Dr. Robert Fornaro, professor of computer science and Director of the Senior Design Center. The technology gift, valued at $5,500, will be used to support student projects, classroom instruction and research initiatives. more

Dr. Frank Mueller has received a grant of $15,000 from the Oak Ridge National Laboratories in support of his research proposal titled "Online Data Reconstruction for Supercomputers." The award will run from January 1st, 2007 through June 30th, 2007. more

CSC Faculty / Staff News

Dr. Carla Savage's research on Symmetric Venn Diagrams was featured in the December 2006 issue of Notices of the American Mathematical Society. In addition to the feature article entitled "The Search for Simple Symmetric Venn Diagrams" (link), the work of Savage and her colleagues was featured on the magazine's cover. more

With mixed emotions, we report that two members of our faculty have made career moves this month. Dr. Jaewoo Kang, assistant professor of computer science, has resigned to accept a joint appointment in the Korea University Computer Science Department and its Medical School. Dr. Jun Xu, also an assistant professor, has accepted a permanent role with Google where he has been working for the past year while on leave of absence from the department. While their departures are a great loss for us, we wish them great success in their new jobs.

Geek-a-Thon Coming to NC State

 As part of our 40th Year Celebration, the Association for Computing Machinery/Association for Information Technology Professionals (ACM/AITP) and the Women in Computer Science (WiCS) student organizations in association with the NC State Department of Computer Science and the Kramden Institute, Inc. are organizing a Geek-a-Thon! A Geek-a-Thon is a weekend long event where computers are refurbished and then donated to help high-achieving, but less-advantaged middle school students in Wake County cross the digital divide. To help make this a successful event, we need your support. more

University Helps Researchers Crunch Numbers

NC State's High-Performance Computing Program (HPC), created from a crisis, is a cost-effective model in higher education, and faculty members are doing more advanced computer work than ever. more

Finding Storage, Processing Power in Numbers

Photo of Dr. MaDr. Xiaosong Ma is working on programs that borrow unused memory and processing power from groups of work stations to crunch numbers and store information for data-intensive computing projects. more

CSC Web Site Sporting a New Look

Many of the web sites within the NC State community are getting make-overs, including ours in computer science. From the end users' perspective, the changes to the computer science site may appear to be simply cosmetic in nature. However, behind-the-scenes, the changes are a bit more dramatic. more

Alumni & Friends Invited to "Meet-the-Dean"

The NC State College of Engineering cordially invites all alumni and friends to come out and meet the new dean of the college, Dr. Louis Martin-Vega, at one of the many "Meet the Dean" events which have been scheduled throughout North Carolina and across the nation this spring. more

NC State Again Ranked a National 'Best Value'

NC State University's combination of quality and affordability makes it one of the best values in higher education. In rankings released today, NC State is rated 12th among the nation's colleges and universities, according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance. In the last year, NC State was ranked second by Princeton Review and fifth by U.S. News & World Report on their lists of best values among the nation's public colleges and universities. more

Raleigh - Durham Area Makes Another Top Ten List

In the January 2007 issue of Wired Magazine, the Raleigh-Durham metro area is listed as one of the nation's "10 Top Tech Towns". more

Sun Microsystems University World Tour Set for Feb 7th

Students, Faculty, & Developers: Come by Room 1025 in EBII on Wednesday, February, 7th from 5:15-8:15 pm, and learn what's cool in the latest Java and Solaris technologies from the experts at Sun Microsystems! This free and exciting event features topics like "The Information Age: The Next 10 Years", "Unleash the Power of Java!", and "Connect Everything: Employment Opportunities at Sun and More". During the event, Sun will provide free software, free T-shirts, free pizza, and a drawing for a $100 Best Buy gift card. RSVP today and get more information about the event at

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