CSC eNewsletter - May 2018

NC State Named First University-Based IBM Q Hub in North America

IBM Quantum ComputerNC State will be the first university in North America to establish an IBM Q Hub as part of the global IBM Q Network, a collaboration between tech powerhouse IBM and top Fortune 500 companies, national research labs and leading universities to advance quantum computing. Starting this fall, NC State will have access to IBM Q commercial quantum computing devices, including the most advanced and scalable universal systems available. The current 20 qubit IBM Q system will be followed by a 50 qubit prototype in the next generation. more

Nearly 300 CSC Graduates Honored During Spring Diploma Ceremony

On May 10th, NC State’s Reynolds Coliseum was filled with friends and family celebrating a record-breaking number of computer science graduates. This year’s graduating class of almost 300 students class included nine Ph.D., 169 M.S., and 119 B.S. degree recipients. The top employers of this semester’s graduates are Cisco, SAS, IBM, VMware, NetApp, Red Hat, Amazon and Fidelity Investments. We were honored to have Kimberly Calhoun, host of MoneyMasters TV show, serve as the keynote speaker. more

Williams Named Distinguished Professor

Dr. Laurie WilliamsCongratulations to Dr. Laurie Williams, who has been promoted to Distinguished Professor in Computer Science at NC State. Williams is Professor of Computer Science, co-director of the Science of Security Lablet at NC State, and currently serves is Interim Computer Science Department Head. Williams is one of the foremost researchers in agile software development and in the security of healthcare IT applications, and she has received many accolades and awards throughout her career. more

University Celebrates Bitzer’s Induction into the National Academy of Inventors

Over a hundred family, friends and professional colleagues gathered at The Point (the Chancellor’s mansion) on the evening of May 8th to celebrate Dr. Donald Bitzer’s recent induction into the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). As the sun sat in Raleigh on this beautiful evening, the NC State Belltower was bathed in red in honor of Dr. Bitzer’s achievements. more

Shashidharan is the 2018 Esri Development Center International Student of the Year

Congratulations to Ashwin Shashidharan, a Center for Geospatial Analytics doctoral student in the NC State Department of Computer Science, on being selected as the 2018 Esri Development Center International Student of the Year. more

New Center for Accelerated Real Time Analytics Tackles Faster than Life Analytics Challenges

Drs Chirkova & WrightFaster than life analytics is a way of looking at the leading edge of a smart data revolution, pushed by advances in Internet-based sensor hardware, diverse streams of continuous data, and new hardware platforms supporting accelerated Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Extracting value from massive and moving data hinges on balancing fundamental research, technological know-how, and commercial market intelligence. Enter the new Center for Accelerated Real Time Analytics (CARTA). 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 mourns loss of Dean Emeritus Dr. Nino Masnari

Dr. Nino A. Masnari, distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering and dean emeritus of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, passed away on May 19, 2018. During his tenure as dean, the College of Engineering experienced a new era of growth and accomplishment including the start of the migration to Centennial Campus. Under his leadership, the College of Engineering grew into the third largest producer of engineering and computer science degrees in the nation and research expenditures in the College nearly doubled to more than $90M annually. Scholarship funding more than quadrupled, with total endowments growing to more than $51M. Read more about his impact here.

PhD Student Shares Her Passion for Computer Science

VRVeronica Catete, the talented and awe-inspiring PhD student shares her passion for broadening participation in computer science and helping others along the way. more

Chi, Haugh Receive Alcoa Foundation Engineering Research Awards

The 2018 Alcoa Foundation Engineering Research Awards were presented to Dr. Min Chi, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, and Dr. Jason Haugh, professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, at the spring faculty meeting of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

LexisNexis has donated $50,000 to the department as an unrestricted grant to support the research and teaching efforts of Dr. Tim Menzies.

IBM has donated $1,250 to the department in support of the Dr. KC Tai Memorial Endowment Fund.

CSC Wolf Bytes

Faculty Changes - Congratulations and best wishes to Drs. David Thuente and Billy Stewart as they enter full retirement! Drs. Dennis Bahler and Carla Savage will be entering phased retirement next year. Dr. Sarah Heckman has been appointed Director of Undergraduate Programs, and Dr. Vince Freeh appointed Assistant Director of Undergraduate programs effective July 1st. Following a leave of absence, Dr. Rob St. Amant has resigned from the department to continue employment at the Army Research Lab. New faculty joining in the fall will be formally announced soon.

Congratulations to Ken Tate, Director of Engagement & External Relations, on receiving the Computer Science Department’s inaugural 'Person of Exceptional Performance' (PEP) Award. more

Congratulations to Linda Honeycutt, the Computer Science Department’s nominee for the College of Engineering 2018 Award for Excellence. more

Congratulations to graduate student, Tam Nguyen, who was recently selected as one of a select group of winners of the Society State of Mind Scholarship from the National Society of Leadership and Success. No more than one recipient per state can win this national award. Thanks Tam, for representing NC State and the state of North Carolina well!

Several CSC alumni are featured as part of the Wolf Tales historical archive initiative, having their video memories captured last fall during our 50th year celebrations. more

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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