CSC eNewsletter - July 2020

New Director of Cybersecurity Education Joins Department

Dr. Thierry Wandji KetchiozoWith over 15 years spent on the front lines of cybersecurity efforts, Dr. Thierry Wandji Ketchiozo joins the department on August 24th to help train the next generation of computer scientists to continue his work protecting critical systems from dangerous attacks. The newly created position is a critical piece of CSC’s effort to increase its role as a national leader in cybersecurity education and research. more

Tech Sector Job Interviews Assess Anxiety, Not Software Skills

A new study from North Carolina State University and Microsoft finds that the technical interviews currently used in hiring for many software engineering positions test whether a job candidate has performance anxiety rather than whether the candidate is competent at coding. The interviews may also be used to exclude groups or favor specific job candidates. “Technical interviews are feared and hated in the industry, and it turns out that these interview techniques may also be hurting the industry’s ability to find and hire skilled software engineers,” says Chris Parnin, an assistant professor of computer science at NC State and co-author of a paper on the work. “Our study suggests that a lot of well-qualified job candidates are being eliminated because they’re not used to working on a whiteboard in front of an audience.” more

Alumna Makes Lead Gift to Help Establish Endowment Honoring Dr. Alan L. Tharp

Dr. Alan Tharp

Thanks to a lead gift by alumna, Marcia McLawhorn (B.S. ‘70), efforts are now officially underway to establish the Dr. Alan L. Tharp Undergraduate Innovation Endowment in honor of previous Department Head and Alumni Distinguished Professor, Dr. Alan L. Tharp. more

Rahman Receives COE Distinguished Dissertation Award

Dr. Akond Rahman, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Tennessee Technological University and 2019 NC State Ph.D. graduate, has received the College of Engineering’s 2020 Distinguished Dissertation Award. At NC State, he was advised by Dr. Laurie Williams. more

Graduate Student Teams Up to Help Create Peer Support Line for Indian Students in the US

When COVID-19 struck the nation in March 2020, students were faced with new uncertainties and hard decisions. Sathvik Prasad, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science at NC State, wanted to help his fellow international students. Enter the Embassy of India Student Hub – an initiative to engage Indian students in the U.S. that provides a platform for students to connect, collaborate and converse. more

Computer Science BS Grads Earn Highest Median Starting Salary at NC State!

Recent CSC GraduateDecember 2019 CSC BS graduates have an average median starting salary of $81,250 – the highest median salary of all NC State Departments in December 2019, and the highest known median salary ever reported for an undergraduate discipline at NC State University! more

Henderson Wins Best Paper Award at EDM2020

Congratulations to NC State Computer Science PhD student Nathan Henderson and his co-authors Vikram Kumaran, Wookhee Min, Bradford Mott, Ziwei Wu, Danielle Boulden, Eric Wiebe, and James Lester, from NC State, and Trudi Lord, Frieda Reichsman, and Chad Dorsey, from the Concord Consortium, for winning the Best Student Paper Award at the 13th Educational Data Mining Conference held virtually July 10-13, 2020. more

Wolfpack Alum Donates Hair to Wigs For Kids

Recent CSC BS graduate and current CSC MS student, Brandon Winslow recently chose to cut his hair and donate his 12-inch bundle of mane to Wigs for Kids! more

Jhala Named Senior Member of ACM

Dr. Arnav JhalaCongratulations to Dr. Arnav Jhala, associate professor of computer science at NC State University, on recently being elevated to Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). As one of ACM’s prestigious Advanced Member Grades, ACM Senior Member status recognizes the top 25% of ACM Professional Members for their demonstrated excellence in the computing field. more

Live Oak Bank and NC State Form New Partnership

At its new location on Centennial Campus, Live Oak Bank is collaborating with NC State computer science students to advance the financial technology industry through a new partnership. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

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

Live Oak Bank has donated $5,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program and the Sr. Design Center.

CSC Wolf Bytes

Congratulations to Dr. Gregg Rothermel for winning the ISSTA 2020 - Retrospective Impact Paper Award for his 1994 paper entitled Selecting tests and identifying test coverage requirements for modified software co-written by Marry Jean Harrold.

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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