CSC eNewsletter - May 2020

Grief, Anger and Needed Change

Randy WoodsonChancellor Randy Woodson addresses the NC State Community with a challenging message of hope and responsibility, that the events of this week must serve as a catalyst for all in our community to be unequivocally dedicated to building an inclusive environment that recognizes and respects people of all backgrounds and experiences. "As the state’s largest public university, we have the responsibility to educate ourselves and those who pass through our doors to overcome ignorance, unite against intolerance, model inclusivity, and advance the dignity and power of diversity.". more

Congratulations to Our 2019-20 ACM/AITP Faculty and Staff Award Winners

Like so many other spring events, the year end pig pickin' was canceled due to the COVID-19 crisis, however voting on the faculty and staff superlatives still took place! Our students have spoken and winners of the 2019-20 awards include: Most Receptive Undergraduate Professor Outside of Class - Dr. Guoliang Jin, Most Receptive Graduate Professor Outside of Class - Dr. Edward Gehringer, Outstanding Undergraduate Computer Science Staff Member - Ms. Zelda Tuazama, Outstanding Graduate Computer Science Staff Member - Ms. Leslie Rand-Pickett, Carol Miller Outstanding Undergraduate Lecturer - Dr. Anupam Das, Carol Miller Outstanding Graduate Lecturer - Dr. Rada Chirkova, and Joyce Hatch Service Award - Ms. Tammy Coates. more

Rand-Pickett Named CSC's 2019-20 PEP Award Winner

Leslie Rand-PickettFor her positive attitude, limitless effort and impact, passion for helping students, and commitment to making this department the best it can possibly be, the department proudly recognizes Leslie Rand-Pickett as our 2019-20 Person of Exceptional Performance (PEP) Award winner. more

April 2020 Carla Savage Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to Drs. Sarah Heckman & Alessandra Scafuro on being named the April 2020 winners of “The Carla Savage Award." The award is named in honor of Dr. Carla Savage who has served the Computer Science Department for over 42 years. more

Two Moments in NC State Time, Encapsulated at the Belltower

This spring’s graduating class has the first opportunity to contribute to a new Belltower time capsule, to be dedicated a century after the first such observance. more

College Recognizes Outstanding Seniors

Colton BottaCongratulations to Colton Botta, a December 2019 graduate with a BS degree in Computer Science, on receiving the College of Engineering’s 2020 Outstanding Senior Award for Scholarly Achievement. more

The Class of 2020 Writes Their Own Story

As they look to the future, our newest graduates reflect on their time at this place they've called home. The collection features the perspective of a number of CSC graduates including Courtney Gordon, Lalima Sharda, Kim Pollard and Kunal Narang. more

An Extraordinary Pathway to Success

After graduation, Goodnight Scholars Christian Williams and Oscar Molina (CSC Student Ambassador) are heading in different directions: vet school at the College of Veterinary Medicine and a role at Deutsche Bank. Both of these next steps were made possible through the Goodnight Scholars Program’s transfer pathway, created in 2017 to provide extraordinary opportunities for community college graduates across North Carolina. more

Celebrating the Spring 2020 Academic Success

Graduation that didn't happen!A lot has changed this year, but the one thing that has not changed is the caliber of our students and the outstanding accomplishments of this group. On May 7, the Computer Science Department held a virtual “Spring 2020 Celebration of Academic Success” to recognize our 2019-2020 students and celebrate the many fellowships, honors and awards they had won. During our video celebration, six PhD candidates, 165 Master’s Degrees students and 166 candidates for the Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science were recognized. Dozens more were recognized for receiving Best Paper Awards at prestigious conferences, College of Engineering Merit Awards, Fellowships, Leadership Awards, Outstanding Senior Awards and more. more

NC State Update on Summer and Fall Planning

In his latest message, Chancellor Woodson shares more about how NC State is working to reactivate certain campus operations and planning to safely bring people back to campus throughout the summer and into the fall. NC State aims to have preliminary planning documents drafted by June 1, and in coordination with the UNC System, to have a final, approved fall plan by early July. Please watch the video to hear more about fall plans from Chancellor Woodson, and continue to pay close attention to the COVID-19 website for additional updates and details.

Departmental Gifts & Research

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

Burlington Carpet One has donated $5,000 to the department in support of the Senior Design Center.

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

Lenovo has donated $3,090 to support Dr. Ben Watson and his User Experience research and teaching efforts.

CSC Wolf Bytes

Now accepting nominations for CSC Alumni Hall of Fame and Outstanding Young Alumni candidates! Deadline for submission is July 1st. link

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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