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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.

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July 31, 2006

Computer Science SDC Project Team Wins International Competition

Photo of Winner SDC TeamFor the second year in a row, an NC State Computer Science Senior Design Center project team has won the IEEE's Computer Society International Design Competition (CSIDC). Congratulations to multidisciplinary Senior Design Center project team members Hunter Davis (CSC), Eric Helms (CSC/PY), Josiah Gore (CSC), and Blake Lucas (CSC/EE/CPE), for taking the $20,000 top prize in the CSIDC 2006 World Finals. more

Departmental Research Grants, Gifts, and Support

Northrop Grumman and the NC Office of the State Auditor have provided the department donations of $5,000 each in support of the department's Senior Design Center program.

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

The department has received a substantial deferred gift pledge from alumna, Leslie Lewis (BS '87) in support of the Joyce Hatch Scholarship Endowment. To date, approximately 55 donors have donated almost $17,000 and pledged almost $37,000 to the new scholarship endowment. More

Dr. S. Purushothaman Iyer has been awarded $20,000 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in support of his proposal titled "Forensic Analysis of Medical Devices". The award will run from August 1st, 2006 through July 31st , 2007.

NC State and SAS to Collaborate on Data Analytics Education

Chancellor James Oblinger and SAS CEO, Jim Goodnight, recently announced an initiative to create a new graduate degree program in the rapidly expanding field of data analytics. The new Analytics Initiative - led by Dr. Michael Rappa, Alan T. Dickson Distinguished University Professor - proposes an intensive one-year professional master's degree that will give students an understanding of analytical concepts and hands-on experience with the same powerful tools used in industry today. The degree program will be organized as part of the proposed Institute for Advanced Analytics, to be located on NC State's Centennial Campus. More

Oval Drive Parking Now Open

Parking spaces on Oval Drive (directly in front of EBII) are now available, and zoned by the university for employee parking and requires display of a valid "C" parking permit (except for "SV" spaces as marked). Effective July 31st, vehicles must display a valid permit to avoid ticketing during hours of enforcement (7 am - 5 pm). If you have questions, contact University Transportation at 515-3424 or visit their website.

Dr. Louis Martin-Vega Named Dean of NCSU College of Engineering

Photo of Dean Louis A. Martin-VegaDr. Louis A. Martin-Vega, dean and professor at the University of South Florida's College of Engineering, has been named dean of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, effective Aug. 7. Martin-Vega succeeds Dr. Nino A. Masnari, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who has served as dean for 10 years. More

Fall Recruiting Events

Corporate recruiters are advised to reserve the following calendar dates for important recruiting events at NC State:

Oct 2 - Minority Career Fair - 1-7 PM in Reynolds Coliseum. This is the only non-college specific career fair on campus and one of the largest! Last year, more than 125 companies and over 2,000 students participated. Companies are advised to register early to reserve a spot (link)

Oct 3 - Engineering Career Fair - 9:30 am - 4:00 PM in the McKimmon Center. This is one of the largest career fairs in the country held specifically for engineering students. More than 180 companies and almost 2,100 engineering students participated in this fair last spring. Corporate registration is capped due to space limitations, and more than 30 companies were turned away last fall. Early registration for this event is a must! (link) NOTE - Due to incredible demand and corporate requests, this popular recruiting event historically held in the spring, will now be held in both the fall and spring. If you plan to participate in both, the spring date will be February 1, 2007.

Oct 4 - ePartners Career Connection Event - 10 am - 2:30 PM in EB2. This popular recruiting event is offered exclusively for our ePartner companies, and offers them a more intimate environment to dialogue with our computer science students. Last year, more than 300 CSC students participated in the event. Hold the date, as more information will be sent to our ePartners in the coming months. If you are not currently an ePartner and would like more information, contact Ken Tate.

CSC Faculty / Staff News

Congratulations to CSC faculty, Drs. George Rouskas and Rudra Dutta, and former PhD student, Bensong Chen, for receiving the "best paper" award at the Communication Systems, Networks and Digital Signal Processing 2006 (CSNDSP 2006) conference held July 19-21 at the University of Patras in Patras, Greece. More

Congratulations to Dr. Annie Antón, who is among 80 of the nation's brightest and gifted young engineers selected to participate in the 12th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. More

Antón will also be recognized at the 2006 IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (or RE'06) for a paper she published at the annual conference in 1996. more

Congratulations to Susan Peaslee and Michelle Healey for being selected as "Pride of the Wolfpack Award" winners for the College of Engineering in June.

The CSC Office of Graduate Programs is very pleased to welcome Dare Cook, who has joined the department as our new Graduate Admissions Specialist and Counselor. More

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the departure of visiting lecturer, Jason Schwarz, effective August 4th. Schwarz has accepted a promotion at MSC, his primary employer, which will require significantly more travel. For years, Schwarz has taught hundreds and hundreds of CSC students, and his departure will leave a deep void. We wish him the very best in his new role.

We are saddened to report the passing of alumnus and former CSC instructor, Carl "Chuck" Grad (BS '73). He was one of the department's earliest graduates, and went on to pursue his graduate studies at Northwestern University. Grad was an entrepreneur, a business owner and a specialist in the telecommunication field. He was employed with Alcatel for many years and later served as a consultant.

CED's Tech 2006 Scheduled for October 11

Tech 2006 LogoInformation Technology entrepreneurs, executives and investors are encouraged to attend the Council for Entrepreneurial Development's Tech 2006 conference to explore the future of emerging and converging technologies that are reshaping today's hottest industries. Now in its 16th year, Tech 2006 will use a range of session formats - from nationally respected keynotes to smaller, interactive conversations - to incite conversations about technologies and products that will change the way we live, communicate, and think. Tech 2006 will showcase innovative technologies from entrepreneurial companies, university groups, corporations and research institutions; and unite the creators of exciting, novel technologies with the industry's top business influencers and creators. This year's event will be held on October 11th at the McKimmon Center on NC State's campus. Visit the conference web site for program details, registration and sponsorship information. The NCSU department of computer science and the ePartners Program are proud sponsors of this event, and we proudly recognize the CED as one of our valued corporate friends.


eNews Archive

In the News

Brain's Eye is Firmly on the Future, feature story on alumnus, Marshall Brain (MS '89), News & Observer, by Tony Yang, July 30, 2006

College Lectures Coming To Video iPods, story features video lecture by Dr. Harry Perros, NBC-17, by Ken Laullen, July 26, 2006

Winning Software, Winning Spiel, feature story on CSIDC 2006 win, News & Observer, by Tim Simmons, July 23, 2006

It's a Matter of Philosophy, mentions CSC senior, Jeff Painter, who is interning at GSK, News & Observer, by Tim Simmons, July 10, 2006

NC State Team Wins Computer Contest, features CSC project team which recently won the CSIDC 2006 World Finals,, by Randi Hicks Rowe, July 3, 2006

Upcoming Events

Aug 23 - First Day of Classes for Fall Semester

Oct 2 - Minority Career Fair - 1-7 PM in Reynolds Coliseum. This is the only non-college specific career fair on campus and one of the largest! (link)

Oct 3 - Fall Engineering Career Fair - 9:30 am - 4:00 PM in the McKimmon Center. This is one of the largest career fairs in the country held specifically for engineering students. (link)

Oct 4 - ePartners Career Connection Event - 10 am - 2:30 PM in EB2. This popular recruiting event for computer science students is offered exclusively to our ePartners.

Oct 11 - CED's Tech 2006 - 9 am - 6 PM at NCSU's McKimmon Center.

Oct 21 - NCSU Open House

Nov 4 - NCSU Homecoming - The Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech takes on the Wolfpack.

Alumni News

Marshall Brain (MS '89), founder of How Stuff Works, appeared recently on The Oprah Winfrey Show in an episode entitled "Things Oprah Wants to Know
and You Do, Too!

This eNewsletter is sponsored for the 2006-07 academic year by Network Appliance, a computer science Super ePartners Program company.