CSC eNewsletter - January 2019

Scholarship Endowment to Honor Dr. Robert Funderlic

Drs. Bob Funderlic and Andy SmithThe Department of Computer Science at NC State University is pleased to announce the creation of the Dr. Robert E. Funderlic Scholarship Endowment to honor the Professor Emeritus and former department head, who passed away in 2009. The endowment, seeded by a lead pledge from Computer Science alumnus, Dr. Andy Smith (BS '95, MS '97, PhD '04), will generate merit-based scholarship funds with a preference for computer science undergraduates at the junior level or higher, who are at least eight years post-graduation from a high school in North Carolina. Dr. Smith is pledging to match dollar-for-dollar the collective donations from other alumni, family and friends up to $25,000 to help create the endowment. more

Five New Strategic Advisory Board Members Named

The Computer Science Department is pleased to welcome five new members to the department’s Strategic Advisory Board (SAB), a group of industry executives and academic leaders who play a critical role in shaping the department’s vision and strategic focus. New members to the board include: Lance Berberian - Chief Information Officer at LabCorp, Bob Garrell - Senior Director, Software Engineering at Oracle, Darrell Hubbard - Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Yetta Corporation, Yogesh “Yogi” Jashnani - Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Insights and Analytics at Advance Auto Parts, and Erik Troan - Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Pendo. more

Seltzer Joins CSC Staff as Director of Development

Sara SeltzerThe Department of Computer Science is pleased to announce the addition of Sara Seltzer as Director of Development, a role in which she will be responsible for engagement and major gift cultivation for the department’s 9,000+ alumni. She brings nearly eight years of experience working in advancement including, major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, prospect management, development writing, alumni affairs, communications, board development and discovery work. more

College Places in Top 10 of Best Online Programs

NC State’s online Graduate Program in Computer Science comes in at No. 6 on this year’s list of the top computer information technology programs, making it one of the highest ranked programs at the university. more

LexisNexis Executive: Why the Triangle

LexisNexis Vice President of Product Management and Raleigh Site Leader (and CSC Strategic Advisory Board member) Jeff Pfeifer describes why the company chose to locate on Centennial Campus five years ago. “We’re one block away from the Department of Computer Science, one of the top computer science institutions in the world. This partnership gives us access to some of the brightest minds anywhere, both faculty and students alike.” more

Fidelity Investments "Leadership in Technology" Series Presents Devin Shackle

Devin ShacklePlease join us on February 28, 2018 at 6:30P in Lecture Hall 1231 in EB2 for our second spring 2019 talk in the Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Speakers Series. Our special guest speaker will be Devin Shackle, Director of Data Science at Advance Auto Parts. His talk topic will be “Innovating Inside Large Organizations: Lessons from a Trouble Maker.more

NC State Expands HQ Raleigh Partnership

A partnership expansion on Centennial Campus will offer a range of workspaces and collaboration for both students and professionals seeking a highly dynamic and inspiring work environment. more

New Route Connects Centennial to Main Campus

A new route connecting Centennial Campus to NC State's Main Campus is now open to traffic, with the completion of the City of Raleigh's Pullen Road Extension project. more

NC State Names Executive Director, Chief Scientist for IBM Q Hub

Dr. Patrick DreherNC State recently named two leaders for the new IBM Quantum Computing Hub on Centennial Campus. Daniel Stancil, Alcoa Distinguished Professor and head of NC State’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will be executive director of the hub, and Patrick Dreher (shown here), research professor in the Department of Computer Science and associate faculty member in the Department of Physics, will be the hub’s chief scientist. more

NC State Celebrates 125 Years of Graduate Degrees

In 2019, the Graduate School and NC State University will celebrate the 125th year of awarding graduate degrees. The first master’s degree was awarded in 1894 to Frank Theophilus Meacham. In this article, graduate assistant and public history master’s student Anna Spencer describes Meacham’s career at NC State and the early history of graduate education at the university. Look for other stories on graduate education’s 125-year history at NC State throughout the coming year. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

Dell EMC has donated $50,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program and the Senior Design Center.

BB&T has donated $25,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program and the Senior Design Center.

BCBS of NC has donated $25,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program and the Senior Design Center.

nCino has donated $2,500 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

Dr. Vince Freeh was awarded $55,000 in unrestricted funds by LexisNexis to support his teaching and research efforts.

Dr. Xipeng Shen was awarded $19,150 in supplemental funding from IBM Canada Limited to support his research proposal entitled ‘Cognitive Computing-Based Compilation’.

The RTP Chapter of SIM has donated $13,500 to the department in support of the Society for Information Management (SIM) Ed Galloway Scholarship Endowment.

CSC Wolf Bytes

Congratulations to Dr. Rudra Dutta, who has been appointed Interim Associate Department Head.

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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