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Marshall Brain Recognized as College of Engineering 2011 Distinguished Alumnus

Photo of Marshall Brain & Dean Martin-VegaComputer science alumnus Marshall Brain (M.S. 1989) has been recognized as a Distinguished Engineering Alumnus by the College of Engineering. Brain is the founder of, author of more than a dozen books, and a popular TV and radio personality. more

Department Welcomes Four New SAB Members

Dr. Mladen Vouk, head of the NC State Department of Computer Science, is pleased to announce the addition of four new members, including two Computer Science Department alumni, to the department’s Strategic Advisory Board (SAB). Joining the board in April will be Jerry Frederick (Senior Vice President, Bank of America & alum), Mike Huska (Chief Technology Officer, Incential Software & alum), Chuck Musciano (VP and Chief Information Officer, Martin Marietta Materials), and Gareth Stageman (Director, Deutsche Bank Global Technology). more

Gu Receives Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Photo of Dr. Helen GuDr. Xiaohui (Helen) Gu becomes the 21st NSF CAREER Award winner for the Department of Computer Science at NC State. She is the 19th CAREER Award winner currently on staff, one of the highest concentrations of any department in the nation. more

Data Defender - Unmasking Malware

The smartphone market is one of the fastest growing in the technology sector, and Android has the largest share of that market. So identifying malware that attacks Android users is becoming more and more important. In 2011, Xuxian Jiang, an assistant professor of computer science at NC State, staked a claim as a leader in the field of malware detection. more

Ning's IBM Open Collaborative Faculty Award Makes History

Dr. Peng Ning, professor of computer science at NC State University, has been selected to receive a highly competitive 2011 IBM Open Collaborative Faculty Award valued at $25,000. This award, which brings the total amount funded to $300,000, is the third renewal of Ning’s 2009 IBM Open Collaborative Faculty Award. According to Ning’s IBM collaborator, Dr. Xiaolan Zhang, the Open Collaboration Research (OCR) project, in which Ning participates along with Dr. Mahadev Satyanarayanan from Carnegie Mellon University, is the only one in IBM history to receive fourth year renewal. Ning’s work in this project is on “Secure Virtual Machine Image Repository”. more

Fidelity Investments Speakers Series Presents Bill Smith

Photo of Bill SmithThe Fidelity Investments "Leadership in Technology" Executive Speakers Series welcomes Bill Smith, President of Network Operations at AT&T, on February 16th @ 6 pm in 1231 EB2. His talk topic will be “Leadership in a High Tech World.” Event is free and open to the public. more


Lulu, Red Hat founder donates $250,000 to NC State eGames

Bob Young, the Raleigh entrepreneur who founded the online self-publisher Lulu and co-founded Red Hat, is making a $250,000 gift over five years to the eGames student business startup competition at North Carolina State University. In recognition of Young’s gift, the annual competition will be called “The Lulu eGames” for the next five years. The event brings together talented student entrepreneurs in an Olympics-style competition for new venture ideas. more

Samsung Provides Funding for Smartphone Studies

Dr. Kyunghan Lee, senior research associate, and Dr. Mladen Vouk, professor and department head in the NC State Computer Science Department, have received three awards totaling $225,000 from Samsung Electronics, Co., Ltd. to support their research proposals on smartphone efficiency and localization techniques. more

Meet Gus Summers - The Turnaround Guy

Photo of Gus SummersComputer science alumnus Gus Summers used his problem-solving skills to become the "turnaround guy“ as he took failing businesses and streamlined them until they were profitable again. He believes problem-solving skills are the key to success. more


From Lark to Legend

This Saturday morning — come sunshine, snowstorm or torrent — 7,700 people will gather at the Memorial Belltower for the Krispy Kreme Challenge, a grueling, gut-busting five-mile footrace and smorgasbord. Six years ago, when a group of 11 friends gathered for the first challenge, they could hardly have imagined their lark would become a signature NC State tradition. But it has, drawing crowds and media attention from around the country. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

CleanBit Systems has donated $5,000 in support of the department and the Senior Design Center.

Blackbaud has donated $1,000 in support of the department and the ePartners Program.

The NC Chapter of the Society for Information Management (NC-SIM) has donated $10,000 to the department to be awarded as two $5,000 cash scholarships to CSC students during the 2012-13 academic year.

Dr. Nagiza Samatova, associate professor of computer science at NC State University, has recently received $354,646 from the US Department of Energy to support her research proposal titled “Scalable Statistical Computing for Physical Science Applications.” more

Dr. Emerson Murphy-Hill, assistant professor of computer science at NC State University, has received an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his work on a Doctoral Consortium during the IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC 2012). This award, in the amount of $27,061, will support the Consortium to be held during the VL/HCC 2012 conference in Innsbruck, Austria September 30 – October 4, 2012. more

CSC Wolf Bytes

Congratulations to Eleni Lobene, Project Coordinator with the IntelliMedia Group, who completed her Ph.D. in December 2011 from the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program at NC State University. The title of her dissertation was “Moderation of Perceived Overqualification: An Exploration of Career Calling.”

For the third time since 2009, Dr. Tao Xie, associate professor of computer science at NC State University, has had two research-track papers and two tutorials selected for presentation at the 34th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2012), the premier conference in software engineering. The conference takes place June 2-9, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. more

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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. Experienced alumni looking for career assistance are encouraged to take advantage of NC State's Alumni Career Service.