CSC eNewsletter - May 2022

Congratulations Spring 2022 CSC Graduates!

Spring 2022 CSC GraduatesCongratulations to the almost 300 graduates who were honored during the NC State Computer Science Department’s Spring 2022 Diploma Ceremony on May 5th. We were honored to have computer science alumna Beth Smith (BS CSC 1987) provide the keynote address. Smith, who was inducted into the NC State Computer Science Alumni Hall of Fame in 2020, is the General Manager of Worldwide Technical Sales and Customer Success at IBM Technology. In her remarks, Smith told the graduates, “Future innovation for all industries is tech, and it is in your hands. So, remember: whether you think you can or you think you cannot, you are right. Take chances, look forward, stay curious and go accomplish amazing things." Read More »

Goodnight Scholars Program Announces Class of 2026

The Goodnight Scholars Program at NC State revealed the 50 recipients from 32 North Carolina counties selected for its new cohort of scholars, including several with aspirations to major in computer science. The Goodnight Scholarship is valued at $22,000 per year for up to four years ($88,000) for traditional students. The cohorts receive access to a comprehensive student development program that includes weekly programming, exclusive travel opportunities, and enrichment grant funding. Read More »

Price Named Department’s 2021-22 ‘Person of Exceptional Performance’

Dr. Thomas Price

For his incredible efforts to lead by example, support our department’s new faculty and staff, help students through outstanding mentorship and council, and foster change in the promotion of diversity and inclusion, the department proudly recognizes Dr. Thomas Price as our 2021-22 Person of Exceptional Performance Award winner. Read More »

2022 eGames Winners Announced

The eGames is NC State’s annual startup competition, awarding over $100k to NC State entrepreneurs. The Daugherty Endowment Track has been a contributing partner of the eGames since 2016, with the primary goal of increasing the success of startup companies based on NC State intellectual property. Read More »

Fostering Community to Help Battle Academic Hardships

Manali Shirsekar, computer science ’22, realized early on that as a woman in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field, she’d have some extra hurdles to navigate. Wanting to create opportunities and community for herself and other CSC students, Shirsekar decided to get involved. Now about to graduate, Shirsekar has juggled many roles, including a researcher within NC State’s Laboratory for Analytic Sciences (LAS), a student ambassador for CSC and president of NC State’s ACM-W Chapter of Women in Computer Science. She attributes these experiences to her success within computer science. Read More »

Service Raleigh Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Tommy VitoloService Raleigh, co-founded by CSC alum and Hall of Famer Thomas Vitolo, is an annual day of service headed by five Park Scholar and Goodnight Scholar co-chairs that leads to the coordination of thousands of hours of community service benefiting people and organizations throughout the Triangle. In its 25th anniversary year, Service Raleigh returned to an entirely in-person format, bringing together more than 700 volunteers for a day of service at 80 sites all across the region. Read More »

NC State Ranked One of Nation’s Elite Technology Transfer Universities

NC State University ranks second among all U.S. public universities in research technology transfer and commercialization according to a comprehensive analysis recently released. NC State also ranks second among universities — public and private — without medical schools, and seventh among all U.S. universities. Read More »

Ambassador for Optimism

Meet Vitus Putra, Goodnight Scholar and CSC Student Ambassador, who will graduate this May with a degree in computer science. During his four years at NC State, he not only challenged himself academically, but also grew as a person, helping others through service and enriching the lives of those around him with his upbeat, positive outlook on life. Read More »

National Inventors Hall of Fame Honors 3 With Ties to NC State

Peter WurmanThe people responsible for some of the world’s most innovative ideas recently got the red carpet treatment at a two-day event in Washington, D.C., dubbed “the Greatest Celebration of American Innovation,” sponsored by the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Of the 27 innovators being inducted into the prestigious organization, three have ties to NC State, including Peter Wurman who served on NC State’s Computer Science faculty for eight years, honored as one of the creators of the Kiva system, a robotic method of material handling in distribution centers that revolutionized warehouse order fulfillment. Read More »

2022 CSC Alumni Hall of Fame Nominations Being Accepted

The NC State CSC Alumni Hall of Fame was established to celebrate and recognize the exemplary contributions our outstanding graduates have made to their profession, their community, and to the world at large. Award winners will serve as an inspiration for current and future students, while promoting the department’s global impact for producing incredible talent that embodies the University’s mantra to “Think and Do the Extraordinary!” With well more than 11,000 CSC alumni, only a select number will be chosen for recognition in our Hall of Fame, making this a truly exceptional and noteworthy honor. Nominees (living or deceased) should have demonstrated exceptional professional, entrepreneurial and/or service achievements in their selected careers. The deadline for consideration for the Fall 2022 class of inductees is July 1st. Read More »

Select Departmental Gifts & Support

VMware has donated $15,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

Check Point has donated $5,000 to the department as a Silver sponsor of the North Carolina Cybersecurity Symposium.

PC Matic has donated $1,500 to the department as an Exhibitor of the North Carolina Cybersecurity Symposium.

Security Journey has donated $1,500 to the department as an Exhibitor of the North Carolina Cybersecurity Symposium.

Stern Security has donated $1,500 to the department as an Exhibitor of the North Carolina Cybersecurity Symposium.

Nvidia has provided an unrestricted research award to Dr. Ben Watson valued at $60,800 to support his research in the esports space.

Mr. S. Forrester Butler has donated $1,000 to the department in support of the Dr. Thomas L. Honeycutt Scholarship Endowment.

CSC Wolf Bytes

The department welcomes Nia Okoh as our Undergraduate Student Services Specialist. Nia joins us from the College of Sciences where she held a similar position.

Congratulations to CSC Alumni Hall-of-Famer, Nicki Washington (MS CSC ’02, PhD CSC ‘05), who was named the co-winner of the Dean's Diversity Award at the Duke University Trinity College of Arts & Sciences. This award recognizes how diversity drives excellence in research, teaching, advising, mentoring, and service. Washington and Shaundra Daily designed the Cultural Competence in Computing Fellows Program – known as 3C – to address issues of systemic racism and bias that directly impact students from minoritized groups and also faculty, as issues of race, gender and intersectionality impact hiring, promotion, and tenure decisions in higher education. Read More »

Check out this WRAL News story about a rare century-plant in full bloom, with towering 20-foot stalks and leaves, located in Raleigh on the property of former CSC Department Head, Dr. Alan Tharp. According to legend, the century-plant – known also as agave americana – only blooms once every 100 years. Then, it dies. In theory, this is something some people only see once in a lifetime. Read More »

The department has a number of open faculty and staff positions. Interested candidates are encouraged to learn more at

Follow the Department on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram 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, Instagram 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



This eNewsletter is sponsored for the 2021-22 academic year by the ePartner Program