CSC eNewsletter - January 2020

$2.75M NSF Award Helps Launch New CyberCorps® Scholarships for Service

CyberCorps ScholarshipsThanks to a $2.75M award from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Computer Science at NC State University is pleased to announce the launch of five annual CyberCorps® Scholarships for Service, available to undergrad and grad students specializing in cybersecurity. Dr. Sarah Heckman, Director of Undergraduate Programs, says the new CyberCorps® Scholarships are both substantive and transformative in nature. “They are among the most robust and valuable scholarships currently available at NC State and a great opportunity for those interested in cybersecurity.” more

Team Wins Best Paper Award at AIED 2019

Congratulations to NC State Computer Science PhD students Guojing Zhou and Markel Sanz Ausin, former postdoc Hamoon Azizsoltani (now at SAS), and professors Dr. Min Chi and Dr. Tiffany Barnes, for winning the Best Paper Award at the 20th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED 2019) held in Chicago, IL last year. more

Wurman Inducted Into National Inventors Hall of Fame

Dr. Peter WurmanCongratulations to Dr. Peter Wurman, former assistant professor of computer science at NC State University, on his recent induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame! Wurman, who holds more than 60 patents, helped create Kiva systems, an entirely new approach for material handling in distribution centers that revolutionized warehouse order fulfillment. Kiva's use of thousands of mobile robots and sophisticated control software are used by Amazon now to fulfill all its orders. Wurman joins Dr. Donald Bitzer as our 2nd faculty member inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. more

Delta Air Lines joins NC State‘s IBM Q Hub

Delta Air Lines will be the founding industry partner to join the IBM Q Hub at NC State, as part of a multi-year collaborative effort with IBM and the world’s largest global airline to explore the potential capabilities of quantum computing to transform experiences for customers and employees. more

A Century of Readership

Technician, NC State's student newspaper, celebrates the 100th anniversary of its inaugural edition, published on Feb. 1, 1920, as more than 250 former editors, writers, photographers, cartoonists, artists and business staff reunite this weekend. more

FI Speakers Series Welcomes Igor Jablokov

Igor JablokovPlease join us on February 27th at 6:30P in room 1231 in Engineering Building 2 for our 2nd spring talk in the Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Speakers Series. Our special guest speaker will be Igor Jablokov, CEO of Pryon, an artificial intelligence company focused on Augmented Intelligence for the enterprise. Jablokov’s topic will be “Enterprise 2025 – AI, Ethics, and the Future of Work.” The event is free and open to the public. Ample free parking is available on Centennial Campus after 5P. more

Autonomous Shuttle Coming to Centennial Campus

An autonomous shuttle will begin making a regular loop around Centennial Campus starting next month. The electric-powered shuttle, called CASSI, can carry up to 12 passengers on pre-programmed routes. more

Alumnus Patel to Open Global Cuisine Restaurant in North Carolina

Sejal Patel is an alumnus that received bachelor’s degrees in computer science and finance in 2006. Day-to-day, he serves as the director of pricing for IQVIA, a multinational health information technology and clinical research company, but after hours he is an ambitious entrepreneur about to open his eclectic restaurant, The Nomad. more

Online Master’s Ranked Seventh Nationally

Online EducationThe online engineering master’s program offered by North Carolina State University was ranked seventh nationally by US News & World Report in the publication’s 2020 list of the Best Online Programs. NC State’s Computer Information Technology Programs ranked 15th on this year's list of the Best Online Programs. more

Fall/Winter 2019 NC State Engineering Magazine

In this Fall/Winter issue of the NC State Engineering magazine, enjoy reading about our faculty and their ground-breaking research, the successes of our students and the many contributions made by our alumni. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

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

Red Hat has donated $10,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

Inmar has donated $10,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

Kaleido has donated $2,575 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

Secmation has donated $5,000 to the department in support of a Spring 2020 NexUX Project.

Dr. Frank Mueller has been awarded $88,775 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his research proposal entitled “Curricular Development of a Quantum Programming Class with Hardware Access.” more

Dr. Sarah Heckman has been awarded $88,528 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support her research proposal entitled “Effective Peer Teaching Across Computing Pathways.” more

Dr. Alexandros Kapravelos has been awarded $884,817 by Arizona State University/DARPA to support his research proposal entitled “CHECRS: Cognitive Human Enhancements for Cyber Reasoning Systems.” more

CSC Wolf Bytes

Congratulations to CSC icon, scheduling officer and lecturer, Dana Lasher on his retirement from NC State University on January 31st. He has taught thousands of CSC students and served as a mentor and inspiration to countless faculty and staff over his 40+ years of dedicated service! We wish him the very best in his retirement.

We are proud to announce that the a special collection Conversations (oral history interviews) with Members of North Carolina State University Computer Science Department, created to commemorate the department’s 50th Year Celebrations in 2017, have been permanently archived in the University of Minnesota's Digital Conservancy, as part of a special collection of computer science history. Special thanks to Carol Lee and Carol Miller for their work in preparing the special collection. link

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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