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Welcome to the online edition of CSC eNews, a monthly electronic newsletter for alumni and friends of the Department of Computer Science at NC State University.

July 29, 2005

CSC Project Team Becomes First in US to Win CSIDC Competition

Photo of CSC CSIDC TeamCongratulations to multidisciplinary Senior Design Center project team members David Coblentz (CSC), Dakota Hawkins (CSC), Jonathan Lewis (CSC), and Ben Noffsinger (Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences), for taking the $20,000 top prize in the IEEE Computer Society International Design Competition (CSIDC) 2005 World Finals held in Washington, DC on June 25-28. In the 6 years of the CSIDC, this is the first United States team to win first place at this prestigious competition. more

Departmental Research Grants, Gifts, and Support

Corporate Friend, the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) recently made a gift-in-kind donation to the department valued at $1,200.

Thanks to Corporate Friend, Northrop Grumman, for their $5,000 contribution to the department as part of a larger $40,000 grant to the NCSU College of Engineering.

Dr. Munindar Singh has received an additional $60,000 in funding on current project "OWL-P: Protocols for Processes" from BBNT Solutions, LLC, bringing the total value of the research award to $220,000.

Keeping Girls on Track

Photo of Girls on TrackAt the end of this year's Girls on Track (GoT) summer camp (June 20-24), camper Heather Barnes told a counselor, "I'm definitely coming back to camp next year! I had so much fun…. Are you coming back too?" This is the seventh Girls on Track camp since the program first began in 1999. The camp focuses on keeping middle-grade girls interested in math and science. Camp activities center around the use of computers and technology to solve problems. By familiarizing girls with information technology, the camp organizers hope to raise interest in careers and courses where women are often underrepresented. more

2005-06 Recruiting Opportunities

Corporate recruiters making plans for their on-campus visits during the 2005-06 academic year should be aware of the following special recruiting events:

Minority Career Fair, Sept 26 & 27 - open to ALL NC State students, this is the only non-college specific career fair on campus and also the largest career fair on campus. For more information, visit

ePartners Career Connection, Feb 1 - this event is provided exclusively for our ePartners offering direct access to computer science students. Typically held in the fall, this year's event has been moved to the spring due to the uncertainty of the timing of our move to the new building on Centennial Campus. ePartners are encouraged to hold the date, as more information will be provided in the coming months.

Engineering Career Fair, Feb 2 - one of the largest career fairs in the country held specifically for engineering students. In 2005, 125 companies and 1,685 students attended. For more information, visit .

NCSU Ranked 3rd Nationally in Tech Transfer

NC State's efforts to put its academic findings and inventions in life science to work for the people of North Carolina and the United States ranked third in the nation in 2004, making it a "patent powerhouse," according to an examination by 1790 Analytics, an intellectual property consulting firm based in Mount Laurel, NJ. more

Withers Hall - Did You Know?

Photo of Withers HallWithers Hall, home of the main administrative offices for the department of computer science for decades, will soon be vacated as the department moves to its new home on Centennial Campus. If you are one of the thousands of alumni, faculty, staff and guests who have graced the halls of Withers Hall, have you ever wondered how it got its name? This restrained Beaux Arts-style building was originally built for chemistry, and it honors William Alphonso Withers (1864-1924), the first chemist appointed at NC State's founding in 1889. Withers eventually served the University as vice president under President Riddick's administration. His accomplishments include the discovery of toxic properties in cottonseed and writing the North Carolina Pure Food and Drug legislation of 1899. Withers was a member of several scientific societies, including The Knights Templar and a colonial war society. For many years he was chairman of the local board of education. In 1917, Davidson College awarded Withers an honorary doctorate of science.

CED's InfoTech 2005 Scheduled for October 12

INFOTECH LogoInformation Technology entrepreneurs, executives and investors are encouraged to attend the Council for Entrepreneurial Development's InfoTech 2005 to explore critical issues affecting entrepreneurial technology development. InfoTech is also a great place to see demos of North Carolina's hottest new technologies and is packed with current pertinent IT panel topics and expert speakers. This year's event will be held on October 12th at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center. Visit for program details, registration and sponsorship information. We proudly recognize the CED as one of our valued corporate friends.

CSC Faculty / Staff News

Congratulations to Melissa "Missy" Seate for being selected as a "Pride of the Wolfpack Award" winner for the College of Engineering in June. In February, Seate was promoted from accounting clerk to contracts & grants manager in the Department of Computer Science. For several months, she had to work both positions, and did an exceptional job ensuring the office ran smoothly.

eNews Archive

In the News

Fewer students majoring in industry could lead to labor shortage, Triangle Business Journal;, MI; MSNBC; by Colin Sutker, July5, 2005

Video game companies merge fantasy with solid revenue growth, Triangle Business Journal; By Jane Paige , July 2005

Upcoming Events

August 17 - First Day of Classes - Fall 2005

Sept. 26-27 - Minority Career Fair

Oct. 12 - CED's InfoTech 2005 at Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center

Feb. 1, 2006 - ePartners Career Connection Event (tentative)

Feb. 2, 2006 - Engineering Career Fair

Alumni News

Photo of Kathy Markham

Kathy Markham (BS, '80) Vice President of Information Systems Planning & Field Services for Kindred Healthcare in Louisville, KY, is our featured CSC Alumni Achiever this quarter. more

This eNewsletter is sponsored for the 2004-05 academic year by Tekelec, a computer science Super ePartners Program company.