CSC eNewsletter - March 2018

Department Announces Endowed Scholarship Winners

Denise Carlisle Pilcher & Sarah KorkesThe rising costs of a college education can be quite a burden on students and their families. Scholarship funds help bridge the gap, helping the department supplement funding for students with the greatest financial need, while also providing funds that help attract top talent. Endowed scholarships are the most coveted source of scholarships because they are essentially ‘forever’ scholarships. The Computer Science department proudly announces the winners of endowed scholarships for the 2017-18 school year. Because of the generosity of alumni and corporate partners, CSC students, like Sarah Korkes with donor Denise Carlisle Pilcher pictured here, received almost $45,000 in funding this year. more

Cloud-Computing Tool Moves from the Lab to the Marketplace

It’s always exciting for scientists to see their ideas come to fruition in the lab. For NC State computer science researcher Dr. Helen Gu, that idea was a new approach to identifying and preventing cloud-computing problems. And her idea has now expanded beyond the lab, as the company she launched – InsightFinder Inc. – has now grown into an enterprise with a dozen employees, a growing client list, and a bright future. more

Rouskas Named 2018 Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor

Dr. George RouskasCongratulations to Dr. George Rouskas, Director of Graduate Programs and Professor in the NC State Computer Science Department, on being selected as one of four recipients of the Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professorship Awards for 2018. more

Using Data to Tell Stories That Solve Problems

The Laboratory for Analytic Sciences (LAS) on Centennial Campus is a partnership between NC State and the National Security Agency (NSA) where Dr. Alyson Wilson and her team are using data to tell stories that solve problems. more

High-Tech Transit

NC State engineering professors, including CSC alum Marshall Brain, are exploring the possibilities of driverless shuttles connecting NC State's main campus to Centennial Campus. Called EcoPRT, for economic and eco-friendly personal rapid transit, the electric shuttles weigh less than 500 pounds and can run on dedicated tracks or on existing roads and pathways. more

Heckman Named 2018 Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor

Dr. Sarah HeckmanCongratulations to Dr. Sarah Heckman , who recently became the Computer Science Department’s third recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award since it began in 1967. (Previous winners include Carol Miller in 1997-1998 and Dr. Alan Tharp in 1984-1985). more

2018 CSC Alumni 'Hall of Fame' Nominations Open

As part of our 50th Year Celebration last fall, the department launched its CSC Alumni Hall of Fame inducting 25 members in the inaugural class, as well as honoring 6 outstanding young alumni. Nominations are now open online thru July 1st for candidates to be considered for recognition with the 2018 class of honorees. Nominees not selected are retained for consideration in future years. This year's inductees will be announced and recognized at a special event to coincide with Homecoming activities in the fall.

College of Engineering moves up in US News Graduate Rankings

The College of Engineering at NC State University, home of the department of computer science, has moved up to 24th in the latest US News & World Report rankings of graduate programs. This is the highest ranking achieved by the College in the last 15 years. Among public colleges of engineering, NC State’s College of Engineering is ranked 12th in the nation. more

Shen Named 2017-2018 University Faculty Scholar

Dr. Xipeng ShenCongratulations to Dr. Xipeng Shen, associate professor of computer science, for being named one of 20 University Faculty Scholars for 2017-2018. The University Faculty Scholars program, established by the chancellor in 2012, recognizes and rewards emerging academic leaders at NC State. So far 126 faculty have received this honor. Faculty members selected as University Faculty Scholars carry the title for the duration of their faculty appointment at NC State and receive an increase to their base salary. more

Interdisciplinary Collaboration Creates New Roles for Designers

Dr. Arnav Jhala is part of the Visual Narrative Cluster (VNC), an interdisciplinary group of researchers at NC State University who are experimenting with technology and communication to increase understanding of the narratives told about the past, present, and future. This story released by the NC State College of Design, focuses on how designers can use technology and interdisciplinary collaboration to push the boundaries of design. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

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

Dr. Ben Watson has received a $10,000 grant from Caterpillar to develop UX delighters in the cab of their new entry in the Utility Vehicle (UTV) Market (CUV range of open cab, off road vehicles).

Dr. Hung-Wei Tseng has been awarded a $50,000 Facebook Hardware & Software Systems research award to support his research project entitled “A Drop-in Upgradable Near-Data Processing Architecture for Machine Learning Applications in Heterogeneous Computers.” more

CSC Wolf Bytes

Congratulations to CSC alumna, Stacy Joines who has been named one of the 2018 ‘Women in Business Award’ winners by the Triangle Business Journal. Joines, who is an IBM Fellow, was specifically recognized as a leader in STEM.

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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