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Lester Named Distinguished Professor

Photo of Dr. James LesterWe are pleased to announce that Dr. James C. Lester has been named Distinguished Professor in Computer Science at NC State University. Dr. Lester is the Director of NC State’s new Center for Educational Informatics. His research focuses on transforming education with technology-rich learning environments. Utilizing artificial intelligence, game technologies, and computational linguistics, he designs, develops, and evaluates next-generation learning technologies. more

NC State’s Video Game Design Program in Top 15

NC State has been recognized as one of the top 15 undergraduate programs to study video game design on The Princeton Review’s fourth annual list saluting the best schools in the U.S. and Canada. This is the third year in a row that NC State’s program has been recognized. more

Murphy-Hill Receives Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Photo of Dr. Emerson Murphy-HillDr. Emerson Murphy-Hill, assistant professor of computer science at NC State, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). He becomes the 23rd NSF CAREER Award winner for the Department of Computer Science at NC State (21st currently on faculty), one of the highest concentrations of any department in the nation. more

Best Paper Award Presented at CODASPY 2013

Congratulations to Wu Zhou, Yajin Zhou, and Michael Grace, PhD students, and Dr. Xuxian Jiang, associate professor of computer science, in the NC State University Department of Computer Science; and Dr. Shihong Zou, associate professor of computer science at the Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications, for winning the Best Paper Award at the Third ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy (CODASPY 2013) held in San Antonio, TX on February 18-20, 2013. more

Zhang Wins IBM PhD Fellowship

Zhe Zhang, a Ph.D. student in the NC State Computer Science Department, was recently awarded a prestigious 2013 IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award. Award recipients are selected based on their overall potential for research excellence, the degree to which their technical interests align with those of IBM, and their progress to-date, as evidenced by publications and endorsements from their faculty advisor and department head. more

St. Amant Named 2013 Outstanding Teacher for College of Engineering

Photo of Dr. Rob St. AmantCongratulations to Dr. Robert St. Amant, associate professor of computer science at NC State University, for receiving the 2013 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the College of Engineering. St. Amant is being recognized by his peers and his students for his commitment to creative and innovative teaching and learning practices. more

Service Efforts Get Presidential Nod

NC State has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, making it one of 113 institutions nationwide to receive the award with distinction from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Four other North Carolina schools made the list, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina Central University and Warren Wilson College. more

Forward-thinking, Forward-doing

For 125 years, NC State has sought the next challenge, the next advance, the next solution. Dive into the Chancellor’s Report for 2012 to learn more.

The bookBot’s Human Component

Photo of  Carl PiraneoCarl Piraneo is one of four library technicians tasked with operating and maintaining the bookBot, the huge robotic book retrieval system in the new James B. Hunt Jr. Library on Centennial Campus. The Bulletin sat down with Piraneo to find out what it’s like working with the futuristic system. more

Riddick Field House Razed

As students left for spring break, a demolition crew worked on clearing the space occupied by the old Riddick Field House. University planners say the field house built in 1936 — which once housed the campus police force and later was a headquarters for contractors working on nearby construction projects — has outlived its usefulness and fallen into disrepair. Its demolition will also make way for plans to improve pedestrian access and safety in the area near the railroad tunnel and on local streets. Check out the photo gallery. Related story here.

Departmental Gifts & Research

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

The RTP Chapter of SIM NC has donated $15,000 to support the growth of the NC Society for Information Management (SIM) Scholarship and student awards for the 2013-14 academic year.

The ISSA Raleigh Chapter has donated $8,000 to support the growth of the Charles W. Kelly / ISSA Scholarship and multiple student awards for the 2013-14 academic year.

AT&T has donated $7,500 in support of the department and the ePartners Program.

Extron Electronics has donated $5,000 in support of the Sr Design Center.

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

Allied Telesis Labs has donated $2,500 in support of the department and the ePartners Program.

Tekelec has donated two HP OpenFlow HP 3500-24 (J9470A) switches, valued at $4,488, to be used to support the research & teaching efforts of Dr. Rudra Dutta.

James S. Cornwell, Jr., has donated 46 vintage video games and an original PlayStation console to the department for use in Dr. Michael Young’s video game repository.

Several faculty and staff members in the NC State Computer Science Department have received $30,000 in funding from the NC Division of Employment Security (via the NC Department of Commerce) to support their project titled “Business Process Reengineering Project (NC Dept. of Commerce).” more

Drs. James Lester and Bradford Mott have been awarded $478,592 by Columbia University/US Army Research Laboratory to support their research proposal titled “Detection and Transition Analysis of Engagement and Affect in a Simulation-Based Combat Medic Training Environment.” more

CSC Wolf Bytes

Congratulations to NC State CSC students Kamaria Hardy and Piyali Dey, who have been selected as female role models & mentors to participate in Standford University's SHE++ Program. more

For his longstanding commitment to ACM and its vital work in advancing computing as a science and profession, Dr. Alan Tharp (Professor Emeritus and former Department Head) has recently been recognized as an ACM Lifetime Member.

Congratulations to Dr. Vince Freeh and his wife, Jennifer, on the recent birth of Michael Edward Freeh, their seventh! He and mother are doing great!

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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.