July News  

Top 10 Ranking for Undergraduate Degrees Awarded
According to "Profiles of Engineering and Engineering Technology Colleges," The NCSU department of computer science ranked 3rd nationally in the number of undergraduate degrees awarded for departments inside a college of engineering in the US for 2002-2003 with a total of 223 BS degrees awarded, behind SUNY, Stony Brook (297) and Univ. of Texas, Dallas (238). When departments outside a college of engineering were added to the mix, we still ranked 6th overall finishing ahead of peers such as Penn State (219), Virginia Tech (182), Purdue (167), and Carnegie Mellon (137).

Departmental Research Grants, Gifts, and Support
OPNET Technologies has, once again, provided the department with annual software licenses valued at over $6M. This gift includes licenses for OPNET's Moduler, Wireless Moduler, UMTS, MPLS, and Terrain Modeling Module software. The software has been successfully integrated into several undergraduate, graduate, and distance education network project courses.

Welcome our newest ePartner, WakeMed. Headquartered in Raleigh, WakeMed is a network of medical centers, ambulatory care centers, outpatient facilities and other health resources serving the health care needs of the entire region. Robert Singletary, executive director of research & technology deployment, will serve as our prime interface. We welcome Bob and WakeMed to the ePartners Program.

Dr. Munindar Singh's proposal entitled "Protocols for Processes: A Semantic Approach Based on OWL and OWL-s" has been funded by DARPA for $160,000. The primary objective of the project is to develop a proof of principle for the protocol-based approach for developing processes based on Web services, and to find the boundaries of the approach in terms of its applicability to realistic situations. The project period is from Feb. '04 through Dec. '04.

Drs. Laurie Williams' and Mladen Vouk's proposal entitled "Incorporating Automated Inspection into the Emerald Decision Support System" funded by Nortel Networks for $99,829. The project will run from May 15, 2004 - December 31, 2004.

Congratulations to the following faculty for having their proposals funded by the Center for Advanced Computing & Communications (CACC) for the 2004-05 academic year:
- Dr. Jun Xu - proposal entitled "Techniques for Building Robust Software" funded for $40,000.
- Drs. Laurie Williams, Carla Savage, and Jason Osborne (Statistics) - proposal entitled "On the Identification of Agile and Plan-Driven Best Practices" funded for $40,000.
- Dr. Rada Chirkova - proposal entitled "Incremental Read-aheads to Improve Throughput in Data Intensive Applications" funded for $40,000.
- Drs. Injong Rhee and Khaled Harfoush - proposal entitled "Investigation and Evaluation of Binary Increase Congestion Control for Ultra-Scale Networks" funded for $40,000

Faculty/Staff News
Congratulations to Dr. Lisong Xu, who has accepted a tenure-track faculty position in the Computer Science Department at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Lisong received his PhD two years ago working primarily with Dr. Harry Perros. Dr. George Rouskas was co-advisor. For the past two years he has been a postdoc working with Dr. James Lester on the Physviz Project and with Dr. Injong Rhee on the BIC-TCP project, and has also served as a part-time lecturer in our department.

We bid a fond farewell to Krista Hutchinson, who left the department on June 23, 2004 to move to Washington D.C. to pursue career opportunities closer to her family.

Summer Campers Get Taste of Computer Science, College Life
Tania Kimball says she wants to major in computer science after finishing her senior year at Eastern Wayne High in Goldsboro. Getting a chance to learn what that might mean brought her to the week-long computer science program offered for high school students as part of the College of Engineer's annual summer camp series. Kimball was one of 15 attending the first session of the summer camp, held June 7-11. A second group of 15 is attending the following week, and a third group of about 30 students, coming June 21-25, will spend one day learning about computer science, and four days in other engineering departments. The summer camps, managed through the College of Engineering's Office of Academic Affairs, were designed to provide high school students a hands-on experience in various engineering departments. To read more, visit http://www.csc.ncsu.edu/news/news_item.php?id=175.

CSC Student Places Third In ACM Student Research Competition
Congratulations to Xinyuan Wang for being one of the three grand award winners (placing third) in the ACM Student Research Competition. He and his advisor, Dr. Douglas Reeves, participated in the ACM awards ceremony in New York City on June 5th. Xinyuan Wang has accepted a position as assistant professor at George Mason in the Information and Software Engineering Department.

Student Wins Society of Women Engineers / Microsoft Scholarship
CSC grad student, Neha Jain, has won yet another national scholarship, capturing the national Society of Women Engineers / Microsoft Scholarship valued at $2,500. Congratulations Neha!.

Search for New Chancellor Begins
Alumni will have three opportunities this summer to weigh in on the search for NC State's next chancellor. A series of open forums, held on campus, will let members of the NC State community talk to the Chancellor Search Committee about their expectations for the next leader of the Pack. The committee's recommendations to UNC President Molly Broad will not be made public, but its members want to make sure that NC State alumni, students, faculty and staff have a voice in the decision.

The forums are scheduled for:

3 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, in the Talley Student Center’s Walnut Room;

3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9, in the College of Textiles Convocation Center; and

3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26 in the Talley Student Center’s Walnut Room.

Burley Mitchell, incoming president of the Alumni Association, sits on the 13-member committee chair by NC State Trustee Bob Jordan. The committee was formed shortly after Chancellor Marye Anne Fox announced on April 12 that she would take the helm at the University of California at San Diego. Robert Barnhardt, former dean of the College of Textiles,will begin duties as interim chancellor on July 13. For more information about the search, go to www.chancellor.ncsu.edu/search/.

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