CSC eNewsletter - March 2020

Taking Care of our Pack!

CoronavirusNC State remains open and continues to provide vital services, resources and support, however many services have been significantly reduced and all classes are now online through the summer to help protect the health of the community. Read More » Many of our students are facing new and overwhelming challenges, and our alumni and friends have asked how they can help. The Student Emergency Fund was established by the Division of Academic and Student Affairs to help ensure that NC State students have access to the support and resources they need to successfully recover from unexpected financial crises and remain on track academically. Gifts to the Student Emergency Fund will make an immediate difference for those dealing with unexpected financial needs such as travel expenses, housing, loss of income, reliable technology and medical expenses due to the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you for helping take care of our Pack. We are grateful for your support. To learn more and to give, click here.

Five New Members Named to Strategic Advisory Board

The Computer Science Department is pleased to welcome five new members to the department’s Strategic Advisory Board (SAB): Jim Fletcher - Strategy Partner at Momenta Partners, Bryan Harris - Senior Vice President of Research and Development at SAS, Peggy Pranschke - Senior Director, Data Science and Advance Artificial Intelligence at Advance Auto Parts, Mark Risoldi - Executive Director, Global Head of Information Risk Management at Merck, and Felix Ritscher-Montilla - Director of Cybersecurity Operations and Engineering at PRA Health Sciences. more

Alum Wins Prestigious IEEE Honor

Dr. Nachiappan NagappanCongratulations to Nachiappan Nagappan (CSC PhD ‘05) of Microsoft Research has been selected to receive the IEEE Computer Society’s 2020 Harlan D. Mills Award. The award recognizes researchers and practitioners who have demonstrated long-standing, sustained, and meaningful contributions to the theory and practice of the information sciences, focusing on contributions to the practice of software engineering through the application of sound theory. more

Improving AI’s Ability to Identify Students Who Need Help

Researchers at NC State have designed an artificial intelligence (AI) model that is better able to predict how much students are learning in educational games. The improved model makes use of an AI training concept called multi-task learning, and could be used to improve both instruction and learning outcomes. more

Singh Recipient of 2020 ACM/SIGAI Autonomous Agents Research Award

Congratulations to the Dr. Munindar Singh, Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor of Computer Science at NC State, on receiving the 2020 ACM/SIGAI Autonomous Agents Research Award. This award acknowledges Singh’s extensive contributions to our understanding of social interaction and autonomy in Artificial Intelligence through his seminal work on interaction protocols, norms, and trust in multiagent systems. This work pioneered new approaches to thinking about sociotechnical systems in a formal and verifiable manner. The broad impact of the work has extended far beyond the agent community to encompass concerns in service-oriented computing, software engineering, and distributed computing. In addition, Singh has served the autonomous agents research community in a variety of roles, including as general chair of AAMAS 2005, a charter member of the editorial board of JAAMAS, and an IFAAMAS Board member. more

Alumna Featured in Women’s Work: 12 Stories of Female Success and Struggle in Male-dominated Fields

Khalia BraswellCongratulations to CSC outstanding young alumna, Khalia Braswell, who is featured in Women’s Work, by award-winning photographer Chris Crisman. In the book, Crisman pairs his striking photography with personal essays from women who have carved out unique places for themselves in a workforce often dominated by men. In addition, she is featured Philly Inquirer. more

NC State Entrepreneurship Shines at CES 2020

Tom Miller, NC State's senior vice provost for academic outreach and entrepreneurship, was recently interviewed by the Trade Show Live to talk about entrepreneurship culture at the university and programs fostering a business-building environment. Listen to the podcasts, on which Miller shares how the concept of creating “beneficial collisions” led to the birth of programs and common spaces such as the Entrepreneurship Garage, the Albright Entrepreneurs Village and the eClinic. more

Game Development Program Ranked #1 in NC!

According to the 2020 Game Design School Rankings by the Animation Career Review, NC State’s Game Development Program in the Department of Computer Science has been ranked #1 in North Carolina and #7 in the South. Additionally, NC State was ranked among the top 25% of all schools nationally. The department began offering a concentration in Video Game Development in 2008. Since then, the program has developed into one of the best in the nation. While students focus on the development of video games and software engineering processes, the program also allows students to take non-computer science electives, which will aid in their holistic development as well-rounded students with multifaceted skill sets. more

BCBS of NC Partnership to Support Data-Enabled Workforce

BCBS of NCNC State has announced a two-year partnership with BCBS of NC to deliver a series of seminars in data science, data analytics consulting, analytics-based product development and knowledge discovery. Employees will learn from NC State professors and subject matter experts from the university’s Poole College of Management, Department of Computer Science and Department of Statistics through a combination of in-person and online programs similar to those already being delivered to Cisco, Infosys, LexisNexis and other university partner companies. more

Rouskas Recognized for Outstanding Service to ONTC

Congratulations to the Dr. George Rouskas, Director of Graduate Programs and Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor of Computer Science at NC State, on receiving the 2019 Outstanding Service Award from the Optical Networking Committee (ONTC) of the IEEE Communications Society. Rouskas has been a member of the ONTC for over 20 years serving as secretary from 2012-2013; vice chair from 2014-2015; and chair from 2016-2017. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

Allstate has donated $7,500 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

Genesys has donated $5,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

Cisco has donated $5,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

LexisNexis has donated $5,000 to the department in support of a NexUX Project.

CSC Wolf Bytes

Congratulations to Dr. Dave Roberts and his wife, Candice, on the birth of a beautiful baby girl!

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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