April News  

Departmental Research Grants, Gifts, and Support (4/30/2003)
Microsoft has donated six Tablet PCs, five Compaq iPaqs, and a substantial amount of peripheral hardware, software, and documentation to support targeted research under Drs. Annie Antón, Chris Healey, Laurie Williams, and Michael Young. In addition, Microsoft has given $15,000 in support of Dr. Healey's graphics course and related research. In total, the gifts are valued at approximately $43,500. Pearson Education has provided a grant of $3,500 to Dr Laurie Williams for student support of textbook planning activities. IBM has provided a large equipment gift-in-kind to Dr. Mladen Vouk valued at $81,665. Shark Technology donated $5,000 in sponsorship of a Senior Design Center project. Hewlett Packard donated $500 in support of the Women in Computer Science initiative.

Cyber Defense Lab Opens (4/24/2003)
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, the people and government of the United States have intensified their efforts to protect our critical infrastructure. Faculty and students in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University have contributed to that effort with their research in cyber defense. On April 24th, the department opened the new Cyber Defense Laboratory on NC State’s Centennial Campus. The lab, located in Room 220 in the Venture III building on NCSU's Centennial Campus, houses faculty and students performing cyber defense research. To read more about this exciting enhancement to the department's research capabilities, see the article at http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/news/news_articles/CyberLab.html.

Dr. KC Tai Memorial Fund Update (4/30/2003)
The “Dr. KC Tai Memorial Fund” continues to grow, and we want to thank everyone who has contributed. Through the generous contributions of relatives, friends, colleagues, and former students, the fund has now grown to almost $11,000. A minimum of $15,000 is required to establish a permanent "named" scholarship endowment. If you would like to contribute to this effort, please make your check payable to the “NC State Engineering Foundation Inc.” and send it to Ken Tate, NCSU Department of Computer Science, Campus Box 8206, Raleigh, NC 27695 .

Dr Annie Antón - Featured in the CoE 'Gallery of Achievers' (4/30/2003)
We are proud to announce that Dr Annie Antón has been honored as the first CSC faculty member to be featured in the College of Engineering's new 'Gallery of Achievers'. The "NC State: Achieve!" campaign is a new marketing initiative launched recently to spotlight NC State as a community of achievers, capturing the character that defines our university and sets it apart from other institutions. To read more about the outstanding achievements of Dr Antón and other members of the CoE community, go to http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/news/achieve/gallery.html.

Was it Hussein? Dr. Rodmon Quoted in New York Times (4/30/2003)
Several video tapes of Saddam Hussein emerged during the War to Liberate Iraq, leading to an interesting debate about their authenticity. NCSU Computer Science professor, Dr. Robert Rodman weighed in on the debate and was quoted in the New York Times. To read the news article, go to http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/news/coverage/tape.html.

Faculty Promotions & Honors (4/30/2003)
Tenure and/or promotion decisions have been approved at the university level and forwarded to the Board of Trustees for approval for the following faculty: Drs Annie I. Antón and Christopher Healey, Promoted to Associate Professor with Permanent Tenure; Drs Purush Iyer and Munindar Singh, Promoted to Full Professor; and Dr David Thuente, Granted Permanent Tenure as Associate Professor. If approved by the board of trustees, these actions will commence August 16, 2003. Congratulations to all these faculty members for their outstanding achievements!. Dr. George Rouskas has been awarded the Alumni Outstanding Research Award for 2002-2003. This is one of the highest honors that a faculty member can receive at NC State. Dr. Rouskas will be recognized at the Honors Convocation on May 16th. A monetary award accompanies the designation. Other recipients in the University this year are Dr. Michael Purugganam of the Department of Genetics and Dr. Anastasios Tsiastis of the Department of Statistics. Dr. Christopher Healey has been named to the NC State University Academy of Outstanding Teachers. He and the class of 2003 inductees will be recognized at the Honors Baccalaureate Ceremony on Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 7:30 pm in the McKimmon Conference and Training Center. Dr. Injong Rhee was awarded US Patent # 6,421,387 B1 for Methods and Systems for Forward Error Correction Based Loss Recovery for Interactive Video Transmission. He was recognized at the NC State Inventors Lunch on April 30th for his accomplishment.

NCSU CSC Undergrad Receives Cisco IA Scholarship (4/30/2003)
Congratulations to CSC undergraduate, Neha Jain, for being selected as one of four nationwide recipients of a Systems Information Assurance Scholarship. These highly competitive awards are valued at $2,500 each and are provided to students who are making a significant contribution in the field of Information Security / Information Assurance. The awards are provided by Cisco's Critical Infrastructure Assurance Group.

New Faculty Member Announcements (4/30/2003)
We are pleased to announce that Jaewoo Kang, Ting Yu and Xiaosong Ma will join the department effective August 16th as an assistant professors of computer science.

Kang will receive his PhD this summer from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where the focus of his research is on understanding the fundamental aspects of building a large-scale Internet information system that can answer complex queries over billions of Internet data sources. Kang has served as Founder/CTO of a startup in Santa Clara, CA and has worked for Bell Labs. We also welcome his wife and two young children to the department family. His office will be located at 453 EGRC on Centennial Campus.

Yu & Ma will be receiving their PhDs from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign this summer. Yu was recruited in the Formal Methods-Security search this year and is arguably the top security PhD graduating this year. The focus of his research is trust establishment over Internet-like open environments, where interactions and coalitions happen between entities from different security domains. He has experience at both AT&T Labs-Research and the Motorola Urban Design Center. Yu's office will be in the Cyber Defense Laboratory in 243 Venture III.

Ma has twice received the CSE Fellowship at the University of Illinois (awarded to the top graduate student in computer science). She has worked at the IBM Almaden Research Center and Vallon, Inc. She has also collaborated with researchers at NCSA, Argonne National Laboratory, and the Center for Simulation of Advanced Rockets at UIUC. Her research focuses on self-configurable performance optimization, storage systems, parallel I/O, high performance parallel computing, and scientific data management; and parallel data mining. Ma's office will be in 408 EGRC.

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