CSC eNewsletter - January 2021

Williams Named Distinguished University Professor

Dr. Laurie WilliamsCongratulations to Dr. Laurie Williams on being named a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science at NC State University. Williams is co-director of the NC State Science of Security Lablet, and she is the Chief Cybersecurity Technologist of the SecureAmerica Institute. She also leads the Software Engineering Realsearch research group at NC State. She becomes the fifth Distinguished Professor in the NC State Department of Computer Science. Read More »

Three New Members Named to Strategic Advisory Board

The Computer Science Department is pleased to welcome three new members to the department’s Strategic Advisory Board (SAB): Dave Gill - Executive Director, Global Information Security Officer at PRA Health Sciences, Steve Grobman - Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at McAfee, and Beth Smith - GM, IBM Watson AI at IBM. Grobeman and Smith are CSC alumni and both were recently inducted into the CSC Alumni Hall of Fame. Because of the global pandemic, the SAB has been meeting virtually for the past year and plans to hold their next ‘in person’ meeting in Raleigh next fall. Read More »

Robots in the Air and on the Water Could Improve Shellfish Farming

Dr. John-Paul Ore

Aquaculture is the world’s fastest-growing animal-protein production sector, and the use of robots in many industries is growing quickly, as well. At NC State University, researchers (including Dr. John-Paul Ore of Computer Science) are finding ways to build on these trends to increase marine aquaculture yields, ensure food safety and decrease the pressure to harvest wild seafood. Read More »

Williams Named 2020 ACM Fellow

Dr. Laurie Williams, Distinguished University Professor, was recently named a 2020 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellow for her contributions to empirical research on agile software development, software security, and software engineering education. She is the second ACM Fellow in the Computer Science Department at NC State, joining Dr. Frank Mueller who became a Fellow in 2018. Read More »

Tracing the History of Mobile Games

Thanks to a Computer Science Sr Design Center student project, NC State’s Mobile Gaming Research Lab is launching the Retro Mobile Gaming Database (RMGD). The RMGD is an online, publicly searchable database of early mobile games, intended for use by game scholars, students interested in games, and game enthusiasts. And if there are games missing from the database, they want you to tell them. Read More »

Helping CSC PhD Students Achieve Academic Vibrancy

Move More sticky noteThe journey toward a Ph.D. in Computer Science can be a difficult one, full of twists and turns that can be challenging and disheartening even for the most gifted students. Dr. Laurie Williams, Distinguished University Professor of Computer Science, observed that the challenges were exasperated by the COVID crisis, and she decided to take action. A new CSC course entitled “Academic Vibrancy”, created and taught by Williams, is being offered for Ph.D. students this semester. The primary objective of the course is to have students “feel more joy, happiness, and peace - so they can be vibrant academics.” Read More »

CSC Alum Helps Launch New Scholarship Supporting Diversity in Entrepreneurship

CSC alum, Alagu Periyannan (MS CSC ’92) and his wife Theivanai, have made a substantial donation to help NC State Entrepreneurship launch a new merit-and-need-based scholarship focused on enhancing diversity in entrepreneurship and technical fields. The Alagu Periyannan and Theivanai Palaniappan Entrepreneurship Scholarship will benefit students with outstanding achievements in or involvement with entrepreneurship activities. Read More »

NC State Ranks in Top 10 for Online Master’s Engineering Programs

NC State’s Engineering Online ranked 6th nationally on the US News & World Report 2021 list of Best Online Programs. The Master’s in Computer Information Technology Program ranked 15th. Read More »

Spotlight on Our Alumni: Katie Wassell ’15

Katie WassellKatie Wassell (BS CSC ’15), a graduate of the University Scholars Program, currently works as a software engineer at IBM where she uses artificial intelligence to improve language processing systems. Wassell loves that the complex technical problems she solves on a daily basis impact people and make their lives easier. While at NC State, Wassell was also a Benjamin Franklin Scholar - a program for students pursuing majors in both the College of Engineering and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences — and through her work at IBM, she has found a path that allows her to continue to pursue her interests in both subject areas. Read More »

Vaccines Explained

NC State experts answer common questions about the new COVID-19 vaccines, their safety and effectiveness, and the challenges of global distribution. Read More »

Select Departmental Gifts & Support

SAS has donated $25,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program and the Sr Design Center.

Red Hat has donated $5,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has donated $2,575 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

Murano Corporation has donated $1,500 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

The RTP Chapter of SIM has donated $3,000 to the department in support of the Society for Information Management (SIM) Ed Galloway Scholarship Endowment.

Alum, Dr. Andy Smith, has donated $3,000 to the department in support of the Dr. Robert E. Funderlic Scholarship Endowment.

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Congratulations to alum, Nachi Nagappan, formally with Microsoft Research, who has been named an ACM Fellow for contributions to empirical software engineering and data-driven software development.

Congratulations to alum, Rahul Krishna, for successfully completing his post doc fellowship at Columbia University and moving on to IBM Yorktown Heights as a Research Staff Member. Since graduating from NC State in 2018, Krishna has had much success with his research career with a number publications including a best (distinguished) paper award at the International Conference on Software Engineering 2019 with his work with Dr. Junjie Wang from the Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Congratulations to Strategic Advisory Board member, Bryan Harris, who was recently appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at SAS. Read More »

Follow the Department on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram 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, Instagram 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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