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Department Confers 142 Degrees During Spring Diploma Ceremony

Photo of 2010 GraduatesJohn O’Neill, President of Spark Plug Games served as the keynote speaker as the NC State Department of Computer Science conferred 142 degrees during the Spring Diploma Ceremony on May 14, 2010, including six PhDs, 69 MS degrees, and 67 BS degrees. more

2010 Outstanding Computer Science Seniors Recognized

Each year, the NC State College of Engineering recognizes students for their outstanding performance beyond academic achievement with Outstanding Senior Awards. Three Computer Science students, Stephen Creig Roller, Katie Lynn Bright, and David Andrew (Drew) Boyuka II, were recognized during an awards ceremony on May 3rd. more

Bitzer Creativity Awards Presented to Boyuka and Goel

Photo of Drew Boyuka and Jay Goel with Dr. Don BitzerCongratulations to Drew Boyuka and Jay Goel, seniors in the department of computer science at NC State University, who have been awarded Donald L. Bitzer Creativity Awards. Boyuka and Goel created an Autonomous Glockenspiel as their final project for their CSC 453 Wireless Sensor Networks class where they had been learning to program Sun SPOT embedded devices. more

Xie Selected to Teach in the Dragon Star Program in China

Dr. Tao Xie, assistant professor of computer science at NC State University, has been selected to teach a course in software engineering in the Dragon Star Program in China this summer. He is among nine internationally recognized professors from the United States and Hong Kong to teach in this summer’s program, and he is the first to teach a software engineering course. more

Are You Ready for Some Football Ads?

With football season three months away, a creative team is tackling NC State’s next halftime ad. Joe Hice, chief communications officer, says he expects to park the “Red Means Go” ads of the past two years for the creation of a new theme that reflects the university’s importance to the state of North Carolina or another theme alumni fondly recall, “We all go to NC State.” more

A ‘Glide-By’ Education

Photo of Segways.Want to really get to know NC State? Tour our campus via Segway, on the only tour of its kind offered at any N.C.-based university. You'll have the opportunity to explore every nook and cranny of NC State's main campus while a tour guide shares stories and details that would enlighten even the most red-blooded Wolfpack fan. more

Watch NC State on YouTube!

Browse more than 250 videos produced in and around campus by students, faculty and staff. more

Software Tool Helps Tap Into The Power Of Graphics Processing

Today’s computers rely on powerful graphics processing units (GPUs) to create the spectacular graphics in video games. In fact, these GPUs are now more powerful than the traditional central processing units (CPUs) – or brains of the computer. As a result, computer developers are trying to tap into the power of these GPUs. Now a research team from North Carolina State University has developed software that could make it easier for traditional software programs to take advantage of the powerful GPUs, essentially increasing complex computing brainpower. more

NC State Engineering Students Among the First Women to Serve on Submarines

Photo of Karen Achtyl and Megan BittnerTwo North Carolina State University engineering students will be among the first women ever to serve on US submarines. Karen Achtyl and Megan Bittner, chemical engineering majors and members of NC State’s Naval ROTC program, will begin training for their submarine positions after graduating magna cum laude from NC State on May 15. The Navy on April 29 announced a policy change that allows women to serve on submarines. more

Study Paves Way For New Biofuels Models, Technologies

Biofuels hold promise as environmentally friendly sources of renewable energy, but which ones should industry and policy leaders focus their efforts on developing? A new study involving researchers from North Carolina State University offers detailed insights into how biofuel chemicals react when burned. Their data and new computer models pave the way for development of new biofuels and technologies to maximize energy efficiency while minimizing environmental and human health risks. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab has donated $5,000 in support of the Senior Design Center.

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

The Raleigh chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) has donated $12,000 in support of the ISSA / Chip Kelly Scholarship Endowment.

Google has donated 120 Motorola DROID smartphones to the department, valued at over $50,000, to be used for research and teaching purposes. more

NVIDIA has donated a Tesla™ C1060 Computing Processor to the department, which will be used to support the teaching and research efforts of Dr. Frank Mueller.

Dr. Xiaosong Ma has been awarded $133,933 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support her research titled “Dynamic Staging Architecture for Accelerating I/O Pipelines.” more

Faculty / Staff News

Congratulations to Dr. Donald Bitzer who was named as a 2010 Inductee in the College of Engineering Hall of Fame at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Bitzer was recognized as the inventor of the plasma display monitor, forerunner of the modern flat panel television screen, and co-developer of PLATO, the first computer-based interactive educational network and home of the first online community. Dr. Bitzer will also be honored at "PLATO@50", a special conference at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, which will commemorates PLATO's amazing legacy and wide influence. more

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Emerson Murphy-Hill will be joining our department in August as an Assistant Professor in the area of Software Engineering (specifically, intersection of human-computer interaction and software engineering). He finished finished his Ph.D. at Portland State University in February 2009, and has been working in the Software Practices Lab at the University of British Columbia since April 2009. more

Department Pages on Facebook and LinkedIn

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 join the department's pages on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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