Computer Science eNewsletter

College of Engineering Recognizes Outstanding Seniors

2014 COE Senior Award WinnersFour North Carolina State University engineering students received Outstanding Senior Awards at the 2014 College of Engineering Annual Awards Banquet on May 7. Among those honored - Eric Whitmire a recent graduate of the Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering Departments, is the recipient of the College of Engineering’s Outstanding Senior Award for Scholarly Achievement. more

Dogs, Technology and the Future of Disaster Response

Imagine a team of humans, dogs, robots and drones swooping onto the scene in the aftermath of a disaster and working together to find and rescue anyone trapped in collapsed buildings. That’s the goal of a team of researchers from around the United States working on what they call the Smart Emergency Response System (SERS). NC State researchers, Alper Bozkurt and David Roberts, are focused on a very specific aspect of the SERS equation: dogs. more

Study: Game Developers Say Success Hinges On More Than Just Programming Skills

Dr. Emerson Murphy-Hill Aspiring game developers may want to bone up on their interpersonal skills. A forthcoming study from North Carolina State University and Microsoft Research finds that game developers need a suite of non-programming skills – including communication skills – that are considered less important in other fields of software development. “We wanted to evaluate which skills are important to game developers versus other fields of software development,” says Dr. Emerson Murphy-Hill, an assistant professor of computer science at NC State and lead author of a paper on the work. “These findings could influence how we teach aspiring game developers.” more

Students Attend CRA-W Graduate Cohort Workshop

Ten graduate students in the NC State Department of Computer Science were selected to attend the Computer Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) Graduate Cohort Workshop held on April 11-12, 2014. This workshop, held in Santa Clara, CA, provides mentoring support for women in the first three years of their graduate studies in computing. Two students, Irena Rindos and Peipei Wang, were selected for CRA-W funding, which included travel expenses, meals and lodging. more

2014 PFL Graduates Honored

Julio Cesar Bahamon and Barry Peddycord, graduate students in the NC State Computer Science Department, were recognized recently for their participation in the University’s Preparing Future Leaders (PFL) programs. more

Department Confers 200 Degrees During Spring Ceremony

Spring 2014 graduatesCongratulations to the members of the graduating class of 2014! The NC State Department of Computer Science was pleased to confer 200 degrees during the Spring Diploma Ceremony on May 9, 2014. More than 1,200 relatives and guests celebrated with our graduates, faculty and staff during our ceremony held at Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh. This graduating class included 5 Ph.D., 105 M.S., and 90 B.S. degrees expanding the department’s alumni base to over 7,200. NC State Computer Science alumna Heather Miller (BS 1993) served as our keynote speaker. more

Students Receive Graduate Industrial Traineeship

Congratulations to Ameeta Muralidharan and Namita Shubhy, graduate students in the NC State Computer Science department, on receiving Graduate Industrial Traineeships (GIT) valued at $15,569 each from SAS. more

CSC Masters Program Receives Students Before Profits Award

NC State was one of three universities to be recognized for their value and commitment to student success with a “Students Before Profits” award from Nonprofit Colleges Online. more

This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Sean Mealin

Sean MealinMeet Sean Mealin, the latest "CSC" face to be featured in NC State's popular "This is What Science Looks Like" series. The post is part of an ongoing series that is intended to highlight the diversity of researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and is inspired by the This Is What A Scientist Looks Like site!" more

Telecommunication Recognized as Distinct Engineering Education Discipline

The ABET Board recently approved new accreditation criteria for Electrical, Computer, Communications, and Similarly Named Engineering Programs, paving the way for fruitful conclusion of a professional-community movement to recognize Telecommunication Engineering as a distinct engineering education discipline in US Universities. Five years in the making, our very own Dr. George Rouskas co-authored an IEEE Communications Magazine commentary in 2012 calling for the move. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

Dell has provided $2,000 to help sponsor the DATA4U: First International Workshop on Bringing the Value of "Big Data" to Users planned for this September.

CSC Wolf Bytes

A recently published book entitled “Social Skills Assessment Through Games: The New Best Practice” features Dr. Jim Thomas, a 2011 PhD alumnus of the NC State Computer Science Department, and a member of the NC State Liquid Narrative research group. more

We are pleased to announce the addition of Rhonda Carey to our staff. She joins the department as a Pre-Award Specialist Position in our Contracts & Grants group, effective June 2nd. Previously, Rhonda served in Research Administration at Georgia Regents University (formerly Augusta State University).

We are happy to share the news of the recent marriage of CSC alum, Matthew Armstrong (B.S. CSC ’11) to NC State alumna, Mikayla Higgins!

Take a look at these very cool 360 degree views from EB2, the Oval and near Hunt Library, published to Google's Photo sphere library, thanks to Roopak Venkatakrishnan!

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 Career Services Counselor Catherine Tuttle at