CSC eNewsletter - March 2019

Department Announces Undergraduate Track in Security

SecurityThe Department of Computer Science at NC State University is pleased to announce the approval and launch of an Undergraduate Track in Security in the Computer Science Undergraduate Program curriculum. The curriculum is effective Fall 2019. “As technology permeates all aspects of our lives, the real-world impact of the security and privacy of computing systems has never been more critical,” says Dr. Gregg Rothermel, Department Head for the NC State Department of Computer Science. “The launch of this new undergraduate track will allow us to better prepare our students to meet the ever-growing demand for highly skilled security-focused talent that we see in today’s workforce.” more

Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Track Coming Fall of 2019

The Department of Computer Science at NC State University is pleased to announce the approval and launch of a new Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Track in the Computer Science Undergraduate Program curriculum. The track is effective Fall 2019. Dr. Sarah Heckman, who along with Drs. Laurie Williams (former interim Department Head) and Vince Freeh (Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs), were instrumental in the launch of the new track says, “We’ve overcome some of the curriculum challenges so that our undergraduate students can now engage in entrepreneurship as part of their academic coursework and connect with the broader and vibrant entrepreneurial community here at NC State.” more

NC State Undergraduate Game Design Program Ranked Among the Nation's Top 25

GamingThe Princeton Review recently released its annual list of “Top 50 Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design for 2019.” This year, NC State ranked 23rd overall. The list was created based on data collected in its 2018 survey of administrators at 150 institutions in the U.S., Canada and abroad that offer game design courses, majors or degree programs. more

Computer Science Entrepreneurship Fair

Entrepreneurs: Do you have an idea for the next big thing, but need computer scientists on your team to accomplish your goals? CSC Students: Do you want to engage in entrepreneurship, but don’t have an idea? Come to the first CSC Entrepreneurship Fair on April 12th. The goal of the CSC Entrepreneurship Fair is to facilitate team building and networking between those with ideas and those who can help execute those ideas! more

NC State Paper Ranks #2 on SIGCSE’s Top Ten Symposium Papers of All Time

A paper co-authored by Nachiappan Nagappan, Laurie Williams, Miriam Ferzli, Eric Wiebe, Kai Yang, Carol Miller and Suzanne Balik has been recognized as the #2 paper on the list of the “Top Ten Symposium Papers of All Time.” The paper, “Improving the CS1 Experience with Pair Programming,” which was written in 2003, was recognized at the 50th annual ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) TechnicalSymposium held last week in Minneapolis, MN. The top ten papers were chosen from among the best papers that were presented at the SIGCSE Technical Symposium over the last 49 years. more

Alumni Profile: DeShawn Brown – One of Raleigh’s Shining Entrepreneurial Stars

DeShawn BrownMeet DeShawn Brown, one of Raleigh’s shining entrepreneurial stars. From Campus Cruiser to Lithios, this Computer Science graduate’s career as an entrepreneur is off to a fast start. more

Mealin Wins Best Paper Award at SIGCSE 2019

Congratulations to NC State Computer Science PhD student Sean Mealin and his co-authors Andreas Stefik (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), Richard E. Ladner (University of Washington), and William Allee (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), for winning the Best Paper Award at the 2019 Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) Technical Symposium held in Minneapolis, MN February 27-March 2, 2019. more

NC State Launches North America’s First University IBM Q Hub

According to Dr. Patrick Dreher, chief scientist at NC State’s IBM Q Hub, the goals of the Hub are to advance fundamental research in quantum computing and to explore practical applications important to business, science and engineering. more

Diving Into Data

Amber RazaThe new Hunt Library Dataspace enables researchers to mine huge data sets and get results. Outfitted with specialized hardware and software, and staffed with data science experts, the Dataspace helps users develop critical data science skills, explore big data and build innovative presentations. Staffer Amber Raza, a computer science master’s student and an expert in the Java and Python programming languages, says he enjoys the challenge of helping people with complex – and massive – data sets. more

Partnerships Help Prepare STEM Workforce

NC State College of Engineering Dean Louis Martin-Vega highlights the rising demand for STEM workers and how partnerships with industry, like on Centennial Campus, are preparing students for the future. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

Red Hat has donated $25,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

A special thanks to everyone who contributed to the department on NC State’s 1st ever ‘Day of Giving’. At the University level, almost 11,000 donors collectively contributed more than $13.5M in new funds. At the department level, we had 72 donors contribute a total of $10,056 to support the Computer Science Enhancement Fund. Thanks to everyone for their support!

CSC Wolf Bytes

Dr. Will Enck will serve as an expert panelist for a Breakfast Conversation on Cybersecurity in Talley on April 3. A panel of industry and faculty experts will discuss the nature of cyber threats today and how businesses are addressing these threats, while protecting consumers and complying with evolving legal frameworks. For more info and to register, click here.

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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