CSC eNewsletter - January 2018

Williams Elected as IEEE Fellow

Dr. Donald BitzerDr. Laurie Williams, professor and interim head of the Department of Computer Science at NC State University, has been elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The IEEE Fellow is one of the most prestigious honors of the IEEE, and is bestowed upon a very limited number of Senior Members who have contributed importantly to the advancement or application of engineering, science and technology bringing significant value to our society. Williams, who joined the NC State faculty in 2000, was recognized by IEEE for her contributions to reliable and secure software engineering. more

Eight New Members to Join Department’s SAB

The Computer Science Department is pleased to welcome eight new members to the department’s Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) including: Reba Barber - Manager of Global IT Technical Architecture at Eastman, Betsy Brady - SVP, Global Information Security at Bank of America, Dan Corgan - SVP and Cyber Threat Intelligence Officer at BB&T, Greg DeKoenigsberg - Director of Ansible Community at Red Hat, Matt Griffin - Senior Director, Technology at Capital One, David Hurry - Executive Director of Computer Science at Merck, Jeff Pfeifer - VP of Product Management and Raleigh Technology Center site lead at LexisNexis, and Charlie Sinnett - VP of Software Engineering at Premier. more

Transformative NC State Start-up Acquired by Ford

Josh WhitonTransLoc, the transformative start-up founded at NC State University by CSC alum and 2017 CSC Hall of Fame inductee, Josh Whiton, has been acquired by Ford Motor Company for an undisclosed sum. According to published reports, the acquisition is linked to Ford’s forthcoming Transportation Mobility Cloud open platform for cities and transportation partners. more

COE Year in Review

As we say goodbye to another year, join the College of Engineering as we take a look back at 2017 and the extraordinary research and work that has been accomplished. From improving in graduate program rankings to two new department heads to the CSC department celebrating its 50th year, 2017 was quite a year. more

Inside the EB Oval Project

The Engineering Building Oval (EB Oval) is the next step in the College of Engineering's move to Centennial Campus. With private support, the EB Oval is set to break ground this spring and will continue NC State's excellence in engineering. more

Fidelity Investments "Leadership in Technology" Series Presents Stacy Joines

Stacy JoinesPlease join us on February 27, 2018 at 6 pm in Lecture Hall 1231 in EB2 for our 2nd of three spring 2018 talks in the Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Speakers Series. Our special guest speaker will be Stacy Joines, IBM Fellow and CTO, Watson Implementations at IBM. Her talk topic will be “Practical AI: Experiences on the New Frontier.” more

NC State Climbs on Best Value List

NC State moved up on a list of universities that offer the best value for the money, ranking in the top 10 among public schools for both in-state and out-of-state students. The annual list of best college values, published by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, identifies four-year schools that combine outstanding academic quality and affordability. more

Think Tank Credits NC State for Raleigh Prosperity

The Milken Institute ranked Raleigh as the second best-performing large metro area in the nation, citing NC State’s leadership in research, industry partnerships and workforce development as key drivers of the city’s booming economy. Centennial Campus, home to our computer science department, was highlighted for expanding the ability of academics and industry to collaborate and innovate. more

NC State’s Online Programs Move Up in Rankings

Online TrainingNC State gained ground in the latest ranking of online degree programs from U.S. News & World Report, underscoring the university’s rising reputation for academic excellence. The rankings are based on a combination of factors, including student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and student services and technology. The online graduate program in computer science moved up two spots to #4 on this year’s list of the top computer information technology programs, making it one of the highest ranked programs at the university. more

Celebrating Centennial’s Seminal Moment

It was a groundbreaking vision: a gift of land for a land-grant institution to build a unique research campus within sight of downtown Raleigh and NC State's original campus. And it changed the size, scope and direction of the university forever. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

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

Bank of America has donated $12,500 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

KPIT has donated $12,500 to the department in support of the ePartners Program and the Sr. Design Center.

DBGT has donated $10,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program and the Sr. Design Center.

Ipreo has donated $5,000 to the department in support of the Sr. Design Center.

IBM has awarded Margaret Heil a $20,000 IBM Faculty Award for support of the Sr. Design Center.

LexisNexis has donated an unrestricted research grant in the amount of $60,000 to support the research efforts of Dr. Vince Freeh.

Alum, Tony Brown has donated $10,000 in honor of Ken Tate via the Brown Family Endowment of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina in support of the Kathryn Eskew Brown Endowment Fund, which enables student-defined entrepreneurial projects in the department's Senior Design Center.

The RTP Chapter of SIM has donated $9,031 to the department in support of the Society for Information Management (SIM) Ed Galloway Scholarship Endowment.

Keith & Margie Collins have donated $2,500 in support of the Diversity in Computer Science Endowment.

CSC Wolf Bytes

Facebook recently acquired Ektimisi Semiotics Holding Company (mentioned in this report), which held 35 of Dr. Munindar Singh’s patents, originating from his startup of about 15 years ago. The patents covered a variety of technologies for mobile social computing, including a platform for building smart services, adding semantics to location, intelligently sharing information, and specifying policies for controlling devices.

Dr. Laurie Williams has been named an inaugural member of Synopsys' Technical Advisory Board for their Software Integration Group. more

Congratulations to CSC alum and 2017 Hall of Fame inductee, Alen Baker, who was inducted into the Southern Trout “Legends of the Fly” Hall of Fame at The Fly Show in Atlanta, Georgia on February 2nd! more

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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