CSC eNewsletter - June 2019

Game Design Program Ranked in Top 5

Top 5The Game Design Program in the NC State Department of Computer Science has been ranked #5 on The Bachelors Degree Center list of the 25 Best Bachelor’s in Game Design Degree Programs for 2019. more

Mining Data, Helping Communities

The Laboratory for Analytic Sciences on Centennial Campus — a partnership with the National Security Agency — brings together some of the brightest minds from government, academia and industry to address big-data problems involved in issues of national security. more

Intelligent Life

UzsoyFrom chromosomes deep in the heart of a cell to exoplanets in the farthest reaches of space, Goldwater Scholar Ana Sofia Uzsoy is doing research to help us understand the universe at every scale. more

Imtiaz and Williams Win Best Poster Award at HoTSoS 2019

Congratulations to NC State Computer Science PhD student Nasif Imtiaz and Dr. Laurie Williams, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at NC State, for winning the Best Poster Award at the 6th Annual Hot Topics in the Science of Security (HoTSoS) Conference held in Nashville, TN, April 1-3, 2019. more

NC State Queues Up to Advance Quantum Computing

Essential as they are, traditional computers — the laptops and desktops most of us use — rely on a language that doesn’t always translate to the real-world problems they help us solve. That realization, reached by famed physicist Richard Feynman in the 1980s, launched a quantum computing movement that has made its way to NC State. In May 2018, IBM announced that NC State would be the first North American university to host one of its Q Hubs for quantum computing. more

Heckman 2018-2019 Winner of CSC Person of Exceptional Performance Award

Dr. Sarah Heckman with Gregg Rothermel, CSC department head.The NC State Department of Computer Science is pleased to present the 2018-2019 “Person of Exceptional Performance” or PEP Award to Dr. Sarah Heckman, Director of Undergraduate Programs and Teaching Associate Professor. more

Low-Cost Intervention Boosts Undergraduate Interest in Computer Science

A recent study finds that an online intervention taking less than 30 minutes significantly increased interest in computer science for both male and female undergraduate students. However, when it comes to the intervention’s impact on classroom performance, the picture gets more complicated. more

A Century in the Making

The Memorial Belltower will soon be surrounded by scaffolding as a $6.5 million project gets underway. The project will include installing a full set of bells, reversing water damage, and improving accessibility. more

Solving the Riddle of Genes

Nikhil MilindNikhil Milind, a 2019 Goldwater Scholar, is melding computer science and biology to explore links between genetics and disease. Milind is pursuing a double major in genetics and computer science and treading new ground in how scientists approach biological research. Along with stints in various labs, his resume includes several honors and awards, including the Park Scholarship. Now he can add one more: the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship that recognizes promising undergraduates in STEM fields. more

Data Matters Courses

Data Matters (Aug. 12-16 at Hunt Library) is a week-long series of one and two-day courses aimed at students and professionals in business, research, and government. The short course series is sponsored by the National Consortium for Data Science in collaboration with NC State University, RENCI and the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. Data Matters gives students the chance to learn about a wide range of topics in data science, analytics, visualization, curation, and more from expert instructors. Registration is now open; reserve your spot now. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

Cisco Systems has donated $25,000 to the department in support of the ‘Bridges to Computing’ Summer Camp Program.

Microsoft has donated $5,000 to the department in support of the Senior Design Center.

Genworth has donated more than $54,500 to the department to fund a Graduate Industrial Traineeship for the 2019-20 academic year under the direction of Dr. George Rouskas.

CSC Wolf Bytes

The University System of Georgia (USG)’s Board of Regents has appointed College of Computing Distinguished Professor and Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) Executive Director – Dr. Beth Mynatt as Regents’ Professor, the highest academic and research recognition granted by the USG and demonstrate distinction and achievement in research both nationally and internationally. Dr. Mynatt is a CSC alumna and was inducted in 2017 into the NC State CSC Alumni Hall of Fame. more

Wendy Shearon in our contracts & grants office, has accepted a promotion to join the CALS Research Office. Her last day with us will be June 14th.

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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