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This CSC Alumna is Following Her Dreams... All the Way to the Moon!

Photo of U. S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Tanya MarkowRemember the Army’s slogan “We do more before 9 a.m. than most people do all day…”? Translate that concept to doing more than one person can do in a lifetime and you have an idea of the life of U. S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Tanya Markow (M.S. CSC 2004). This 17-year military veteran holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from NC State University, was in one of the earliest classes of women to qualify to fly the Apache helicopter and was the third woman in history to serve as an Apache helicopter instructor pilot. She has taught Computer Science at West Point, managed the largest airfield in Kuwait, served as a battalion officer, a platoon leader, and even holds the distinction of being the mother of a talented young daughter who is quickly following in her footsteps. Now, she has her sights set on becoming an astronaut. more

Students in Mobile App Design Course Win at CityCamp Raleigh

NC State professors Ben Watson from the Computer Science Department and Patrick Fitzgerald from the Department of Art and Design know that students learn more when they apply their new skills with real clients. So, they sent students in this summer’s interdisciplinary Mobile App Design course to CityCamp Raleigh. The students exceeded all expectations with one team, R Greenway, taking home the top prize and $5,000! more

Researchers Use Flexible Channel Width To Improve User Experience On Wireless Systems

Photo of Dr. Rudra Dutta.Dr. Rudra Dutta and other researchers at NC State have developed a technique to improve network performance by splitting bandwidth into channels of varying sizes according to the needs of users. The researchers hope to test the technique in real-world conditions using CentMesh, a wireless network on the NC State campus. more

Masters in Computer Networking Joins PSM Program

The NC State Computer Science Department is pleased to announce that the Masters in Computer Networking is now part of the Council of Graduate Schools Professional Science Master’s (PSM) program, an innovative concentration that allows students to develop workplace skills, which are highly valued by employers, while they are pursuing their studies in computer networking. In addition to receiving a master’s degree in Computer Networking, students will also receive a Professional Science Master’s designation on their transcripts. more

Best Paper Award Presented at ICDCS 2012

Congratulations to PhD students Yongmin Tan, Hiep Nguyen and Zhiming Shen; Dr. Xiaohui (Helen) Gu, assistant professor of computer science in the NC State Department of Computer Science; and Deepak Rajan and Chitra Venkatramani, of the IBM T.J. Watson Research Labs, for winning the Best Paper Award at the 32nd International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS) 2012 held in Macau, China on June 18-21, 2012. more

Rappa to Co-chair “Big Data” Commission

Photo of Dr. Michael Rappa.Dr. Michael Rappa, founding director of the Institute for Advanced Analytics and professor of computer science at NC State, has been named co-chair of the TechAmerica Foundation’s Big Data Commission. The Commission has been tasked with making recommendations on how the government should handle the mountains of data that are being created at a lightening pace - the last two years has created more than 90 percent of the data that has ever existed. more

Xiao Wins ICSE SRC Best Project Award

A paper written by Xusheng Xiao, a doctoral student in the NC State Department of Computer Science, was named winner of the ICSE Student Research Competition (SRC) Best Project Representing an Innovative Use of Microsoft Technology. The project, “Problem Identification for Structural Test Generation: First Step Towards Cooperative Developer Testing,” is featured on the ACM website and the ACM A.M. Turing Centenary Celebration event website. As winner, Xiao was invited to attend the ACM Award Banquet and the ACM A.M. Turing Centenary Celebration event in San Francisco, CA on June 15-16, 2012. more

Pandita Earns FDA Group Recognition Award

Rahul Pandita, a PhD student in the NC State Computer Science Department, is part of the Semantic Data Mining Development Team that was recently recognized with a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Group Recognition Award. more

Fast 15

Photo of Fast 15 icon.Read about a new initiative - the NC State Fast 15 – with the first examples of companies that exemplify the university’s commitment to helping researchers take cutting-edge research to the marketplace. NC State established the Fast 15 in 2011 to help achieve an ambitious goal: doubling the number of startup companies launched by the campus research community. more

“Pure Modness” a Finalist in 2012 LuLu eGames

Pure Modness, an Android video game designed by Khiry Arnold, a junior in the NC State Computer Science Department, was selected out of more than 100 entries as a finalist in the Design and Prototype Challenge of the 2012 LuLu eGames. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

Credit Suisse has donated $2,500 to the department in sponsorship of the Welcome Back Bash.

We are happy to report that 30 donors have contributed pledges and gifts totaling more than $57,000 toward the creation of a named scholarship endowment in honor of retiring associate professor, Dr. Thomas Honeycutt, including $50,000 by alumnus, Bobby R. Johnson Jr., and his wife Donna. If you would like more information on how to give, click here.

Drs. Peng Ning and Ahmed Azab have been awarded $40,000 by the US Air Force – Research Laboratory/Intelligent Automation Inc. to support the research proposal titled “A Trusted Computing Framework for Embedded Systems.” more

CSC Wolf Bytes

CSC alum and TransLoc founder & CEO, Josh Whiton credits NC State with preparing him to take the entrepreneurial plunge. more

Congratulations to CSC alum, Greg Doucette and three other NC State alumni for making their marks recently as graduates of the School of Law at N.C. Central University. more

Dr. Zhi Wang, who recently earned his Ph.D. in computer science at NC State, has accepted a faculty position at Florida State University. His research interests lie primarily in the area of computer security, with an emphasis on systems security, particularly operating systems security, virtualization security, and mobile security.

Congratulations to Dr. Jasmine Adams for being recognized by the NC State Division of Undergraduate Academics Programs as an Advisor Development Institute Graduate for the 2011-12 Academic Year..

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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. Experienced alumni looking for career assistance are encouraged to take advantage of NC State's Alumni Career Service.