Computer Science eNewsletter

Lester Elected AAAI Fellow

Dr. James LestwerCongratulations to Dr. James C. Lester, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at NC State, on recently being elected a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). Lester will be recognized at a dinner during the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-14) in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada in July. more

Faculty Promotions and Reappointments Announced

Please join us in congratulating several members of our faculty on their promotions or reappointments in the NC State Computer Science Department.. more

Alumna Sees Computer Science as Creativity and Innovation at its Best

Dr. Bushra Anjum Dr. Bushra Anjum (CSC PhD 2012) is passionate about computer science. She shares that passion with her students back in her native Pakistan where she teaches and mentors computer science students. When she describes her passion for the field, she intentionally includes all the factors that make her field unique. Like a complicated recipe that lists many ingredients, combined together, it can be a masterpiece, but standing alone, each ingredient is one-dimensional. Computer science, she says, is certainly not one-dimensional.... more

CSC Department Welcomes New Faculty

The NC State Computer Science Department is pleased to welcome four new faculty members to the department this fall. more

Centennial Campus at 30

NC State’s Centennial Campus has long enjoyed an enviable record of progress and success. But now is not the time to rest on our laurels. To continue to be a trailblazer, Centennial leaders are crafting and implementing Vision 2034 — an exciting, breakthrough plan to re-invent the modern research campus. JOIN us in our vision for turn Centennial Campus into North America’s premier INNOVATION DESTINATION. more

Seth Receives SAS Graduate Industrial Traineeship

Spring 2014 graduatesCongratulations to Vedika Seth, a graduate student in the NC State Computer Science department, on receiving a Graduate Industrial Traineeship (GIT) valued at $52,547 from SAS. The award runs from May 11, 2014 through May 31, 2015. Through the GIT, Seth will provide research and analysis to SAS Institute including research, generation, testing and documentation of operations research software.

Not Your Dad's Garage

Most garages are filled with unfinished projects, old tools, lawn equipment and, sometimes, cars. While projects begin in the Entrepreneurship Initiative (EI) Garage, they definitely don’t stay in the idea-phase very long. Students develop their ideas for new ventures and products in the EI Garage, moving them to the real-world by working with EI’s strong community of faculty, staff and industry leaders. This summer, the EI Garage relocated to Wolf Ridge’s Innovation Hall on Centennial Campus to provide more workspace for students to create and collaborate. more

Gateways Smooth Campus Edges

With so many different ways to access NC State from the many Raleigh streets that define the campus, there was never a coordinated effort to establish inviting entryways at the outer edges of the university’s boundaries. That has changed since 2006-07 when university architects developed a physical master plan for campus that included up to 18 proposed gateways into the university. more

Vail Receives 2014 Generation Google Scholarship

Alex VailCongratulations to Alexandria Vail, an undergraduate student in the NC State Computer Science Department, on being chosen to receive a 2014 Generation Google Scholarship valued at $10,000 (US). The Generation Google Scholarship was established in 2012 to encourage aspiring computer scientists to excel in technology and become active role models and leaders in the field. Every year, high school seniors from underrepresented groups in technology who have demonstrated a passion for computer science, technical aptitude, academic achievements, and leadership amongst their peers are selected as recipients of this scholarship. This year, Google expanded the brand of their Generation Google Scholarship to include undergraduate and graduate students. more

NC State to Boost Study Abroad

NC State’s Office of International Affairs has joined a national effort to double the number of students who study abroad by the end of the decade. The Generation Study Abroad initiative, spearheaded by the Institute of International Education, or IIE, is also working to increase student diversity in study abroad programs. NC State has committed to growing its study abroad program 50 percent by 2019. To meet the goal, the university will raise $1 million in new endowment funds for study abroad scholarships, expand the effort to help student integrate global experiences into their degree programs, and strengthen discipline-specific global competencies. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

Cisco Systems has donated $25,000 in support of the department’s ePartners Program and Senior Design Center.

Belk has donated $5,000 in support of the department’s ePartners Program.

Intel has donated $2,500 in support of the department’s ePartners Program.

To date, the department has received pledges & donations totaling over $3,000 from numerous alumni and friends toward the launch of an endowment in the honor of retiring icon, Dr. Robert Fornaro. The donations include a $1,000 gift from David Perkins and a $1,000 multi-year pledge from Robert Shiels. All donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $25,000, by a generous pledge from Donna & Bobby R. Johnson Jr.

XLOC has donated three Dell severs to the department, valued at approximately $600, which will be used by our CSC IT organization for non-heavy/low-demand computing needs and applications..

CSC Wolf Bytes

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the departure of Dr. Randy Avent, professor and associate vice chancellor of research development here at NC State University. He has been confirmed as the inaugural president of Florida Polytechnic University and will start his new role on July 7th.

The department welcomes Dr. Darla Kremer, who will be serving as Program Director for the Office of the AMS Secretary here at NC State. Darla is a mathematician whose specialty is combinatorics. Her background includes research, teaching, management, and experience with the American Mathematical Society: she worked for AMS for 10 years as an Associate Editor and the Managing Editor of Mathematical Reviews (MathSciNet). She has also served at NSF as Program Manager for the combinatorics program.

The Chancellor's Faculty Excellence Program has resulted in some exceptional multi-disciplinary cluster hires, like our Dr. Min Chi featured in this faculty bio piece!

Congratulations to CSC Ambassador, Anya Raspopovic, who has been selected as the winner of a 2014-15 Eaton Multicultural Scholars Program scholarship valued at $3,000!

Follow the Department on Facebook, LinkedIn, 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, 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 Career Services Counselor Catherine Tuttle at