Computer Science eNewsletter

Vouk Tapped to Lead Research Development

Dr. Mladen VoukMladen Vouk takes on new responsibilities in the Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development, tackling another challenging role in a noteworthy career. The department head and distinguished professor of computer science, who also directs the Data Science Initiative, just wrapped up nine months as the university’s interim research chief. more

ecoPRT: Grad Alum’s New Vision for Moving People

Graduate School alumnus Marshall Brain says he took away three things from his computer science graduate education at NC State: his love for teaching, his ability to write books (he’s written more than two dozen) and his gift for becoming an “accidental entrepreneur.” The skills and experiences that he learned as a graduate student have guided him as director of NC State’s Engineering Entrepreneurship Program. And that same entrepreneurial spirit has led him to seek a creative solution for moving students, faculty and staff around NC State’s campus. The ecoPRT system will one day move students between the university’s major libraries – DH Hill on main campus and James B. Hunt on Centennial Campus – in roughly five minutes. The journey can take up to 30 minutes by campus bus now. more

Fidelity Investments Series Presents Hal Stern

Hal SternPlease join us on February 25, 2016 at 6 pm in Lecture Hall 1231 in EB2 for our second spring 2016 talk in the Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Speakers Series. Our special guest speaker will be Hal Stern, Executive Director of Applied Technology at Merck & Company. His talk topic will be “Big Data, Big Challenges.” more

NC State’s Engineering Online Ranked in Top Ten Nationally

The Engineering Online Computer Science and Networking programs at NC State University have again been ranked 7th nationally in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 list of the Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs. more

New Tech to Help Companies Detect and Respond to Cloud Computing Performance Bugs

In late 2012, Dr. Helen Gu presented a research paper on a new tool designed to prevent disruptions in cloud computing. Less than four years later, she has launched a start-up to help companies that use cloud computing improve the user experience for their customers. more

Vidya Srinivasan – Designing Her Own Destiny

CSC alumna Vidya SrinivasanIn 2010, Vidya Srinivasan canceled Christmas. A computer science graduate student at North Carolina State University by way of Chennai, India, she had scored an unexpected internship interview with Microsoft in Seattle. “I canceled my vacation,” she said. “I reached out to all the Microsoft connections I could possibly find. I spent my Christmas with books, because I really wanted to nail that interview.” And she did. Three years into her career in tech, Vidya is now a program manager for OneDrive-SharePoint, still on the same team she interned with in 2011. more

Start-up Connects Micro-entrepreneurs With Tourists

John Bass, Director of ITng Services, is one of four founders of People-First Tourism Inc., an online marketplace where the public can connect with small business owners who are not only experts in their craft, but also excellent local tour guides. more

Welcome New Faculty

The NC State Computer Science Department is pleased to welcome three new faculty members to the department this spring. Dr. Alexandros Kapravelos has joined the department as an assistant professor in computer science. His research interests span the areas of systems and software security. Dr. Jason King has joined the department as a teaching assistant professor in computer science. His research focuses on software logging to hold users accountable, to mitigate repudiation threats (nonrepudiation), and to enable forensic analysis of detailed traces of user activity after a security/privacy breach has occurred. Dr. Kathryn Stolee has joined the department as an assistant professor in computer science. Stolee’s general area of specialty is software engineering. Her research interests are in the areas of program analysis, empirical software engineering, and crowdsourcing. more

Healey Named Distinguished Professor

Dr. Christopher Healey w/ student at Viz WallThe North Carolina State Institute for Advanced Analytics is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Christopher Healey to the Goodnight Distinguished Professorship in Advanced Analytics. Healey is a noted scholar in the field of data visualization and visual analytics—specifically the development of methods for visualizing large, multidimensional datasets to support rapid and accurate exploration, analysis, validation, and discovery. A member of the faculty in the Department of Computer Science at NC State, Healey has been actively involved in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program since the Institute’s inception in 2006. more

Telang, Kalia Earn Best Paper Award at ICSOC

Congratulations to alumnus Pankaj Telang, PhD student Anup Kalia, and Dr. Munindar Singh in the NC State Computer Science Department, and John Madden, associate professor of pathology in the Duke University School of Medicine, for winning the Best Paper Award at the 13th International Conference on Service Oriented Computing (ICSOC 2015) conferenceheld in Goa, India on November 16-19, 2015. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

LexisNexis has donated an unrestricted research grant in the amount of $110,000 to support the research efforts of Dr. Vince Freeh for two projects using HPCC Systems (details) and an unrestricted research grant in the amount of $50,000 to support the research efforts of Dr. Tim Menzies.

BCBS of NC has donated $12,500 in support of the ePartners Program and the Senior Design Center.

PointSource has donated $2,500 in support of the ePartners Program.

Builders Mutual has donated $1,000 in support of the ePartners Program.

CSC Wolf Bytes

Congratulations to Dr. George Rouskas, who was recently named Chair of the IEEE Communications Society Optical Networking Technical Committee (ONTC) for 2016-17. He had previously served as the ONTC Secretary (2012-13) and Vice Chair (2014-15).

Congratulations to CSC alum, Nate Johnson, meteorologist and executive producer at WRAL-TV for being named a Councilor by the National Weather Association for the period of 2016-1018!

Congratulations to CSC alum, Ben Thompson, an attorney at Fish & Richardson who was recently named a principal at the firm.

Meet CSC sophomore, Sabrina Monserate, in this student spotlight as she describes her experience as a Goodnight Scholar! more

The work of CSC PhD and course developer at Udacity, Arpan Chakraborty, on a deep learning course to be offered free-of-charge by Google, will make the field of artificial intelligence more accessible. more

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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 Career Services Counselor Catherine Tuttle at