Computer Science eNewsletter

This is What Science Looks Like at NC State: Scott Vu

Scott Vu and dance partnerCSC alum and co-founder and CEO of RiboWiz Scientific, Scott Vu, provides us a unique perspective into how NC State prepared him to be a business leader and a champion dancer. He credits Dr. Tiffany Barnes with inspiring him to pursue his interest in dance. more

CSC Faculty Promotions Announced

The Department of Computer Science at NC State University is pleased to announce the following faculty promotions, effective fall semester, 2016: Dr. Min Chi is reappointed as 2nd term Assistant Professor. Dr. William Enck is promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Dr. David Roberts is promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Dr. Blair Sullivan is promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. more

Wolfpack Nation: Shawn Selleck is Rebooting Government Operations in Rhode Island

Shawn SelleckWhen Shawn Selleck started attending city council meetings in Providence, R.I., in 2013, he couldn’t believe his eyes. “They were still using cassette tape recorders to record public meetings: Every 30 minutes, they would pause the meeting, take out a tape, turn it over and press record,” says Selleck, 41, who lives and works in Rhode Island’s capital city. “I explained about digital audio recorders and said, ‘Let’s buy some.'” Selleck — who graduated cum laude in computer science in 1997 — spent 19 months as a consultant helping push Providence into the 21st century. Besides digital recorders, he introduced an online portal where anyone with a computer can track city officials’ attendance and voting records, read meeting minutes and download audio and video of government proceedings. Selleck's new e-permit system is the only one in the US to allow users to access permits on both state and local levels! more

Theisen Places 3rd in ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals

Christopher Theisen, a PhD student in the NC State Computer Science Department, recently placed third in the 2016 Grand Finals of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)’s Student Research Competition (SRC). The SRC Grand Finals are a culmination of a year-long competition that involved more than 200 computer science students presenting projects at 22 major ACM conferences. The SRC program, sponsored by Microsoft, provides travel grants of up to $500 to allow tomorrow’s computing professionals the unique opportunity to present their work at major conferences. more

Another Top 20 Ranking

The NC State University Computer Science graduate program is ranked #20 in SR Education Group’s 2016 Top Degrees Computer Science Graduate Programs rankings! more

Microsoft Research Names Williams Outstanding Collaborator

Dr. Laurie WilliamsDr. Laurie Williams, professor and associate department head in the NC State Computer Science Department, recently received one of 32 Microsoft Research Outstanding Collaborator Award for 2016. “Williams has made exceptional contributions to software engineering research not only in Microsoft Research (MSR) but throughout Microsoft at unprecedented levels for over 10 years. She has collaborated and continues to work with a wealth of Microsoft researchers spanning several continents on a number of research projects, ranging from continuous deployment, software security, agile development, software engineering, software analytics, and many others. She has helped Microsoft product teams including Windows Client and Server, DevDiv, Bing, Skype, and Yammer. Her collaboration with MSR has led to many highprofile publications as well as book projects, and she has helped organize joint research and product group seminars on branching. Laurie’s collaboration has involved many students and interns who, like her, have continued to make a positive impact at Microsoft and the software engineering research community. Laurie has been an inspiration for empirical software engineering at Microsoft.” more

First Class

Meet future NC State CSC student, Richard Marshall. When he starts classes at N.C. State in August, he officially will become the first member of his family to matriculate at a college. But, in reality, that milestone already has been achieved. He’ll enter State with 58 college credit hours, all accrued on the N.C. State campus. That college experience is an integral part of the accelerated model at Wake STEM Early College High School, which just graduated its first class. more

A Peek Inside Reynolds Renovation

Curious about what's going on behind the green fence around Reynolds Coliseum? Here's an inside peek from more

A Big Hit With Students, Pokemon GO Hits the Classroom

Pokemon GOPokemon GO, a mobile-based reality game in which players try to capture Pokemon characters that appear throughout the real world, is not only a big hit with NC State students, but has also hit the classroom. Less than one week after the game’s official U.S. release, Scott Carpenter, an NC State Computer Science PhD student and instructor, incorporated the game concepts in the summer course he is teaching, CSC 316 – Data Structures for Computer Scientists. more

NC State Selects 40 Park Scholars for Class of 2020

The Park Scholarships program, which brings exceptional students to NC State based on outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service and character, recently announced 40 outstanding students in the Class of 2020 selected to receive Park Scholarships, including two who have plans to major in computer science. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

Eastman Chemical has donated $25,000 in support of the ePartners Program.

VMware has donated $10,000 in support of the ePartners Program.

Allstate has donated $10,000 in support of the ePartners Program.

Bronto Software has donated $5,000 in support of the Sr. Design Center.

Allied Telesis has donated $5,000 in support of the Sr. Design Center.

Applied Systems has donated $5,000 in support of the ePartners Program.

Spirent has donated $5,000 in support of the ePartners Program.

Sageworks has donated $2,500 in support of the ePartners Program.

Builders Mutual has donated $2,500 in support of the ePartners Program.

WillowTree Apps has donated $2,500 in support of the ePartners Program.

Norfolk Southern has donated $2,500 in support of the Dr. Carl Hughes Scholarship Fund.

PLUMgrid has donated $10,000 in unrestricted funding to support Dr. Muhammad Shahzad.

LexisNexis has donated $60,000 in unrestricted funding to support Dr. Tim Menzies.

Dr. Emerson Murphy-Hill has received an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his work on Doctoral Consortium and Mentorship Sessions during the ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE2016). This award, in the amount of $24,952, will support two events during the FSE2016 conference in Seattle, WA, November 13-16, 2016. more

Dr. Xipeng Shen has been awarded $17,609 by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory via US Dept. of Energy to support his research proposal entitled “Ontology-based Program Analysis and Optimizations.” The award will support the work of Shen’s graduate student, Yue Zhao. more

CSC Wolf Bytes

Our condolences to retired Director of Undergraduate Advising, Joyce Hatch and her family, on the passing of her husband, John Skuce.

Congrats to Adam Marrs, CSC PhD student, on his Honorable Mention in the video category of NC State’s first Research Image Contest! more

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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