CSC eNewsletter - May 2019

Bitzer Awarded Prestigious Holladay Medal

Dr. Donald BitzerDr. Donald Bitzer, Distinguished University Research Professor in Computer Science, is one of two recipients of the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by NC State and the university’s Board of Trustees. His lifelong research interests include computer systems, computer displays, data communications, voice analysis, and genetics to amplify protein production. An Emmy winner, he is also the inventor of plasma panel displays used for flat panel television displays. more

2019 CSC Alumni 'Hall of Fame' Nominations Open

As part of our 50th Year Celebration in 2017, the department launched its CSC Alumni Hall of Fame. Since then, we have inducted 35 members into the Hall of Fame, and we have honored 9 outstanding young alumni. Nominations are now open online thru July 1st for candidates to be considered for recognition with the 2019 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 in the fall.

Lester Named Distinguished University Professor

Dr. James LesterDr. James Lester has been named Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science at NC State University. A Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), he is the founding director of the Center for Educational Informatics. Lester is internationally recognized for his research on artificial intelligence technologies for education. His current work spans intelligent game-based learning environments, multimodal learning analytics, affective computing, and computer-supported collaborative learning. The adaptive learning environments he and his colleagues create have been used by thousands of K-12 students throughout the US. more

NC State Re-Designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research

In 2008 NC State University was selected by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as one of the first 23 National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R). NC State, one of only two universities from the state of North Carolina to receive the CAE-R distinction, recently had the designation renewed, and will hold this distinction until 2024. more

Design Flaws Create Security Vulnerabilities for ‘Smart Home’ Internet-of-Things Devices

Researchers at North Carolina State University have identified design flaws in “smart home” Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices that allow third parties to prevent devices from sharing information. The flaws can be used to prevent security systems from signaling that there has been a break-in or uploading video of intruders. more

Heckman 2018-2019 Winner of CSC Person of Exceptional Performance Award

Dr. Sarah Heckman with Gregg Rothermel, CSC department head.The NC State Department of Computer Science is pleased to present the 2018-2019 “Person of Exceptional Performance” or PEP Award to Dr. Sarah Heckman, Director of Undergraduate Programs and Teaching Associate Professor. more

Computer Science Department Recognizes Outstanding Seniors

Each year the NC State College of Engineering Outstanding Senior Awards recognize students for outstanding performance beyond academic achievement. Department nominees included Natalie Landsberg (Senior Award for Leadership), Malik Majette (Senior Award for Citizenship and Service), Michelle Lemons (Senior Award for Scholarly Achievement) and Hayden Lawrence (Senior Award for Humanities). In addition, Malik Majette was also named the Computer Science Faculty Senior Scholar, the department’s nominee for the College of Engineering Faculty Senior Scholarship Award. more

Luck, Woodlief Win Outstanding Poster Presentations

Congratulations to Christopher Adam Luck and Alan Dale Woodlief on being awarded Outstanding Poster Presentations during the 28th Annual Spring Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium. More than 200 posters were presented, representing the research work of over 400 students in each of the nine colleges at NC State. The Symposium was sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR), the Undergraduate Research Club (URClub), and the Division of Academic and Student Affairs (DASA). more

Coates Honored with College’s 2019 Award for Excellence

Tammy CoatesTwo outstanding staff members from the NC State Computer Science Department were recognized as nominees for the annual College of Engineering Awards for Excellence at a ceremony held May 9 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on NC State’s Centennial Campus. Dr. Louis Martin-Vega, Dean of the College of Engineering, presented the awards to nominees Tammy Coates, Assistant Director of External Relations, and Linda Honeycutt, Director of Business Administration, in the Computer Science Department. The Department is pleased to announce that Tammy Coates was named one of two EHRA Award for Excellence recipients. more

More Than 300 Graduates Honored During 2019 Spring Diploma Ceremony

Hundreds of friends and family members gathered in the James T. Valvano Arena inside NC State’s Reynolds Coliseum to celebrate the Spring 2019 computer science graduates. This spring’s graduating class of over 300 students included 12 Ph.D., 145 M.S., and 152 B.S. degree recipients, and was the largest graduating class in department history. We were honored to have computer science alumnus Jim Fletcher (CSC BS 1976), a Strategy Partner with Momenta Partners, provide the keynote address. Fletcher holds over 60 patents and is a regular speaker at conferences worldwide on a range of emerging topics. He is a member of the NC State University Executive in Residence program and was recently inducted into the NC State University Computer Science Hall of Fame. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

Legna Software has donated $5,000 to the department in support of the Senior Design Center Program.

Red Storm Entertainment has donated $2,500 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

WalkWest has donated $3,000 to the department in support of the ‘Bridges to Computing’ Summer Camp Program.

The IBM-NC State Pathfinder Mentoring Program will receive a $10,000 grant as part of IBM's 2018 Volunteer Excellence Awards. more

CSC Wolf Bytes

CSC alumna, Denae Ford Robinson was recently awarded the #blackcomputeHER ‘Rising Star’ Award for her research with online programming communities. The Rising Star award recognizes a young (under 40), emerging leader in our community whose record reflects an ongoing and exceptional commitment to computer science and STEM education and workplace development for black girls and women. Denae is also a 2018 #blackcomputeHER Fellow. more

CSC alumna, Khalia Braswell was recently awarded the #blackcomputeHER's "Lift as We Climb" Award for her work with INTech Camp for Girls. The Lift as You Climb award recognizes leaders in the K-12 juncture of the computer science/STEM pathway. The awardee for this category has demonstrated commitment and impact in K-12. Her efforts can be informal learning (e.g., after school programs, clubs, museums, etc.) or formal learning (e.g., curriculum, research, etc.).

Dr. Hung-Wei Tseng, assistant professor of computer science, has accepted a position at UC Riverside. His last day with the department was May 31st.

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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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