CSC eNewsletter - June 2017

CSC Alumna, Dr. Bushra Anjum Honored by ACM

Dr. Bushra AnjumCongratulations to alumna, Dr. Bushra Anjum, recently selected as an inaugural member of the ACM Future of Computing Academy, a new initiative created by ACM to support and foster the next generation of computing professionals. Membership in the Academy is a commitment, not an award. Members of the Academy are expected to engage in activity for the benefit of the next generation of computing professionals. They have the privilege and responsibility to become the voice of the future of the computing field at large and of ACM specifically. more

Introducing CiF-CK: A Fresh Take on Gaming

Dr. Arnav Jhala, associate professor of computer science at NC State, teamed up with colleagues Manuel Guimaraes and Pedro A. Santos from the Universidad de Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal, to produce a paper that was recently accepted at the IEEE Computational Intelligence in Gaming Conference. The three joined forces to create CiF-CK, a social agent architecture that improves narrative engagement as well as overall experience for players. more

Summer Camp Provides Kids an Alternative to Gangs and Violence

Not So Silent Film Project The department of computer science proudly partnered with the Raleigh Police Department this summer to launch the first GIDGET Summer Camp, a six-week camp focused on teaching game development and programming fundamentals to low-income, at-risk students. The program is a part of a comprehensive anti-gang initiative. Graduate students, Yihuan Dong and Nicholas Lytle are directing the camp. more

Eastman Partnership a Win-Win

Officials at Eastman Chemical say the company will renew its master research agreement with NC State, citing the benefits of the strategic partnership. more

Design Students Imagine the Crossroads Building

The past is Harrelson Hall. The present is a small park. The future is an iconic structure called the Crossroads Building, and a group of architecture students have taken some first cracks at designing what will become the centerpiece of NC State’s historic North Campus. more

NC State Jumps to No. 80 Worldwide for U.S. Patents

Taking research to market is something NC State does better than most. And the fifth-annual worldwide rankings from the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) affirm that claim, putting North Carolina’s largest institution in its Top 100 universities in U.S. utility patents in 2016. NC State jumped to No. 80 on the list, up 17 places from last year. It was one of four public and private universities in the state among the top 100. more

Vice Provost, Director of Libraries Susan Nutter to Retire

Susan Nutter, vice provost and director of the NCSU Libraries, has announced that she is stepping down this fall. Nutter arrived at NC State in 1987 with a vision of creating a world-class library on Centennial Campus. Her vision was realized with the opening of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library in January 2013. more

Game Design Program Ranked #13!

NC State comes in at #13 on Animation Career Review’s list of Top 25 Public Game Design Schools & Colleges! more

The Stateview Hotel Opening October 2017

StateView HotelThe StateView, a premiere hotel located on Centennial Campus, is opening in October 2017. The StateView delivers a full service hotel experience; incorporating a level of technology that drives ideas, interactive space that promotes collaboration, and smart styled design. The hotel will also have dining and lounge options with a spectacular view of Lake Raleigh. more

NC State Names Class of 2021 Goodnight Scholars

North Carolina State University’s Goodnight Scholars Program revealed the 50 students selected for its Class of 2021. Among the group of distinguished students are three who have expressed an intent to major in computer science. The Goodnight Scholars Program is targeted at North Carolina residents from low- and middle-income families who aspire to study in a science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) or STEM education discipline at NC State. The value of the scholarship is $19,500 and is renewable for up to four years for first-year students and two years for transfer students. In addition to the scholarship, Goodnight Scholars have access to an assortment of developmental programming focused on their professional and personal growth. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

Ipreo has donated $5,000 to the department in support of the Sr. Design Center.

SugarCRM has donated $5,000 to the department in support of the Sr. Design Center.

Triangle Strategy Group has donated $5,000 to the department in support of the Sr. Design Center.

The RTP Chapter of SIM has donated $1,623 to the department in support of the Society for Information Management (SIM) Ed Galloway Scholarship Endowment.

CSC alum Keith Collins and his wife Margie, have donated $5,000 to benefit the Diversity in Computer Science Scholarship Endowment.

SAB emeritus member, Donald Thompson Jr., has donated $2,500 to benefit the Diversity in Computer Science Scholarship Endowment.

IBM has awarded IBM Faculty Awards to Drs. Tim Menzies and Dave Roberts. The unrestricted awards, valued at $40,000 each, are intended to support their respective teaching and research efforts.

Dr. Xipeng Shen received a research award from IBM Canada of $22,500.

Dr. James Lester has been awarded $821,647 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his research proposal entitled “REFLECT: Improving Science Problem Solving with Adaptive Game-Based Reflection Tools.” more

Dr. Blair Sullivan has been awarded $538,199 by US Army – Army Research Office to support her research proposal entitled “Algorithms for Exploiting Approximate Network Structure (Research Area 10: Network Science).more

Drs. Tim Menzies and Xipeng Shen have been awarded $898,349 by the National Science Foundation to support their research proposal entitled “Scalable Holistic Autotuning for Software Analytics.more

CSC Wolf Bytes

Kudos to Strategic Advisory Board Chair, Monique Morrow, for being honored by Data Economy on their list of EMEA 50: The Top Influencers In Data Centres, Cloud And Data In 2017. The ‘EMEA 50’ showcases the 50 people who are leading data centre, cloud and data through charting new innovations or technological breakthroughs, sheer business acumen, or exceptional entrepreneurial skillsets. more

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 Manager of Alumni Career Services, Anna Velleggia at



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