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NSA Science of Security “Lablet” Established at NC State

Photo of Dr. Laurie WilliamsNC State University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Carnegie Mellon University are each receiving an initial $2.5 million in grant funds from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to stimulate the creation of a more scientific basis for the design and analysis of trusted systems. The NC State lablet will be focused on the development of a Science of Security and a broad, self-sustaining community effort to advance it. more

Murphy-Hill Wins Microsoft SEIF Award

Dr. Emerson Murphy-Hill recently received a Microsoft Research SEIF Award, an award valued at $25,000 that provides seed funding for innovative research that advances the state of the art in software engineering. He is just one of 10 worldwide winners chosen out of the more than 100 submissions for research grants in software engineering research related to mobile and cloud computing. more

Mueller Named Member of IEEE Golden Core

Photo of Dr. Frank MuellerphicDr. Frank Mueller has been recognized for his service to the IEEE by being named a member of the IEEE Computer Society’s Golden Core. The Golden Core is an elite group who are recognized for their outstanding service to the society. This special distinction was created in 1996 by the society’s Board of Governors to help celebrate the society’s 50th anniversary. more

Study: Including Ads in Mobile Apps Poses Privacy, Security Risks

Researchers from NC State University, including Dr. Xuxian Jiang, have found that including ads in mobile applications (apps) poses privacy and security risks. In a recent study of 100,000 apps in the official Google Play market, researchers noticed that more than half contained so-called ad libraries. And 297 of the apps included aggressive ad libraries that were enabled to download and run code from remote servers – which raises significant privacy and security concerns. more

Udechukwu Selected for GEM Fellowship

Robinson Udechukwu, a PhD student in the NC State Department of Computer Science, has been selected for a prestigious GEM Fellowship. Fellows receive a $16,000 stipend in the first academic year of the Fellowship; GEM University support (stipend and assistantships) for subsequent years, up to five, equivalent to other funded doctorate students in the department; and full tuition and fees at the GEM Member University. more

Entrepreneurship Initiative Students Travel to Silicon Valley

Photo of EI StudentsSeveral computer science students were part of a team that spent this year’s spring break in the Silicon Valley visiting a variety of start-ups and entrepreneurial-minded companies. The trip was sponsored by NC State’s Entrepreneurial Initiative. more


NC State’s Video Game Design Program Recognized By The Princeton Review

For the second year in a row, NC State University has been recognized as one of the top undergraduate programs to study video game development on The Princeton Review’s third annual list saluting the best schools in the U.S. and Canada. more

Service in Our DNA

NC State received the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement – a Presidential Award – as part of the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. NC State is one of only five Presidential Awardees nationwide, and one of two in the “general community service” category. more

A Crystal Ball for 2020 Enrollment

Photo of studentsReplacing a previous enrollment plan that projected faster growth, Chancellor Randy Woodson and Provost Warwick Arden recently approved a long-range plan that calls for student enrollment to grow to 37,000 by the year 2020, instead of 40,000 by 2017. NC State currently has just under 35,000 students. more

Chris Hughes, Facebook Co-Founder, to Give NC State Lecture

Chris Hughes, publisher and editor-in-chief of The New Republic and co-founder of the social media platform Facebook, will talk about how social media has transformed the communication landscape as he gives North Carolina State University’s Harrelson Lecture at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 2 in Stewart Theatre. The lecture is free and open to the public. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

Progress Energy has donated $15,000 to the department, as part of a much larger overall grant to the NC State College of Engineering. The funds will support ePartners Program initiatives and multiple scholarships.

TransLoc, Werum Software & Systems and I-Cubed has each donated $5,000 to the department in support of the Sr. Design Center.

Thomson Reuters has donated $5,000 to the department in unrestricted support of the ePartners Program.

Dr. Christopher Healey has been awarded $51,299 in additional funding by UNC-Chapel Hill via Sandia National Laboratories to support his research proposal titled “Ensemble and Comparative Visualization of Scientific Datasets.” The total funding is $131,231, and the project has been extended to August 31, 2012. more

CSC Wolf Bytes

It is with mixed emotions that we announce that Dr. Annie Anton, professor of computer science, has been named by Georgia Tech's College of Computing as its chair of the School of Interactive Computing. Dr. Anton's research in privacy policy is world-renowned and her departure leaves a great void within our department. However, this is a homecoming for her, as she is a three-time graduate of Georgia Tech and she has aging parents who live in Atlanta. Please join us in wishing her the very best in her new role! more

Congratulations to Tanya Markow (MS CSC ’04) for successfully defending her PhD dissertation at Georgia Tech’s College of Computing. Her dissertation title: Mobile Music Touch: Using Music for Passive Haptic Rehabilitation and Learning. Dr. Markow is a Major, Aviation, in the US Army!

Congratulations to PhD student Ramya Gopalan, who received a travel award to attend the CRA-W Graduate Cohort Workshop in Bellevue, Washington. The Graduate Cohort Workshop is a program for women designed to build and mentor a national cohort of graduate students. more

Congratulations to PhD student Bushra Anjum for received Student Travel Award/Grant to attend the Second N2Women Workshop (co-located with INFOCOM) in Orlando, Florida, and the Career Mentoring Workshop at SIGCSE in Raleigh. She has also been selected by the NC State Graduate School to attend the Graduate Leadership Development Forum. more

Congratulations to alum William Paul Tadao Roberson (BCS CSC ’04), whose company Okii Systems just signed a deal to have Zacuto USA become the worldwide distributor for their products. Okii Systems specializes in custom software and embedded systems applications for the photography and film industry. more

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