CSC eNewsletter - July 2022

Old Piano, New Purpose

Andrew FarkasIf you’ve strolled through the Oval on Centennial Campus lately, you’ve probably noticed something out of the ordinary perched under a tent among the picnic tables: a bright blue upright piano studded with colorful metal flowers and other pieces of art. In fact, the piano in itself could be described as a piece of art. More than 100 years old, the piano was a serendipitous Craigslist discovery that found its home on Centennial Campus — bringing light during dark pandemic days, building community and adding a rich new layer to the outdoor scene. Computer science major Andrew Farkas — who created an online community of students who play and maintain the piano — says, “this piano is the best thing NC State has ever done for my mental health.” Check out our video to listen to Farkas on the keys and learn the story of how an ancient piano breathed new life into Centennial Campus when people needed it most. Read More »

Homegrown Leadership

NC State alumna, Kamala Subramaniam carries with her a number of positive memories from her time at NC State, including favorite classes, homework and project work with her classmates and eating on a graduate student budget at Golden Dragon, a local Chinese restaurant that is popular with students. Now, Subramaniam has returned to the Research Triangle to lead Google’s new hub in Durham, NC, and is poised to create more memories. Subramaniam has stayed connected as a member of the Department of Computer Science’s Strategic Advisory Board and delivered the department’s December 2021 commencement address. Read More »

A Computer Science Degree ‘Opens a Lot of Different Doors’

Lauren Schaefer

The next time you join a computer network, download a new app to your phone, or back up a vacation’s worth of photos to a hard drive, you’ll have a computer scientist to thank. But what is it that computer science practitioners actually do? NC State CSC alumna, Lauren Schaefer, is among those who are featured in this Fortune feature story. Read More »

Cybersecurity Initiative Aims to Help North Carolina’s Economy Grow

A new coalition that will enhance North Carolina’s economy and keep its citizens safe through education, research, services and outreach work in cybersecurity will benefit from a $2 million grant from the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity located within the National Security Agency (NSA). Read More »

Martin-Vega, Lavelle Honored for Engineering Education Work

Two leaders of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University were honored by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) at the organization’s 2022 annual meeting in June. Louis Martin-Vega, dean of the College, was named as an ASEE Fellow. Jerome Lavelle, the College’s associate dean of academic affairs, received the National Engineering Economy Teaching Excellence Award. Read More »

Alagu Periyannan, BlueJeans by Verizon

Alagu PeriyannanComing from a family of entrepreneurs in India, Alagu Periyannan (MS CSC '92) knew early on that he wanted to start his own company - and he dreamt of doing it in the Silicon Valley ever since he laid his hands on early home computers, like Apple and Commodore. Early career projects influenced his eventual goal to make video conferencing as ubiquitous as audio conferencing, leading to his startup, BlueJeans. Read More »

NC State Ranked One of Nation’s Elite Technology Transfer Universities

NC State University ranks second among all U.S. public universities in research technology transfer and commercialization according to a comprehensive analysis recently released. NC State also ranks second among universities — public and private — without medical schools, and seventh among all U.S. universities. Read More »

Saying Goodbye

Our condolences to the family of Dr. Leland H. Williams, who passed away in July. Dr. Williams spent much of his career leading TUCC (Triangle Universities Computation Center), the shared mainframe computer center for Duke University, the University of North Carolina and NC State University. As a result of his role, he was given a courtesy appointment in the appropriate department in each of the three universities. Read More »

Join Us this Fall for the Labcorp Speakers Series

Labcorp Series TalkTo be the best, you must learn from the best. The NC State Department of Computer Science is pleased to announce an exciting lineup for the Fall 2022 Labcorp “Leadership in Technology” Speaker Series featuring speakers from Disney Streaming, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, and Stanford University. Read More »

Applications for Admission Soar as NC State Grows to Meet Workforce Needs

Demand for an NC State degree is at an all-time high as the university prepares to welcome its largest and most diverse first-year class. The university’s surge in applications and enrollment is driven in part by Engineering North Carolina’s Future, a state-funded initiative to enroll about 4,000 more students in engineering and computer science at NC State over the next five years. That growth will bring the student population of the university’s world-renowned College of Engineering to around 14,000 and total enrollment at NC State to more than 40,000. Read More »

Select Departmental Gifts & Support

Bandwidth has donated $15,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program and the Senior Design Center.

Peraton has donated $15,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

Red Hat has donated $20,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

Mediant has donated $2,500 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

The Diversity Movement has donated $2,500 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

Lucid has donated $2,500 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

Blue Acorn iCi has donated $2,500 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

CData has donated $2,500 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

CSC Wolf Bytes

Congratulations to Dr. Veronica Cateté and her husband Daniel, on the birth of a beautiful baby girl!

The department welcomes Joy Coombs and Bianca Snell. Joy Coombs joins our research administration team, where she will be working on the post award side and assisting in managing various five accounts. Joy comes to us via the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering here at NC State. Bianca Snell joins our finance team as a Business Services Coordinator, where she will handle departmental gift and discretionary accounts. Bianca comes to us from American Airlines. She is a veteran of the U.S. Army, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and is working toward her Master’s degree in Data Analysis.

The department has a number of open faculty and staff positions. Interested candidates are encouraged to learn more at

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



This eNewsletter is sponsored for the 2022-23 academic year by the ePartners Program