June News  

CSC Confers Degrees on 180 During Spring Ceremony
Downtown Raleigh's beautiful Meymandi Concert Hall, the official home of the NC Symphony, served as the venue for the Spring 2004 Diploma Ceremony for the department of computer science. 180 graduates were honored during the ceremony including 121 undergraduate, 57 masters, and two doctoral degrees. Alumnus Gerhard Pilcher (B.S., CSC ’85, pictured above), served as guest speaker for the event. Special thanks to Super ePartner, SAS Institute, for sponsoring this memorable event. To read more and to see our photo gallery, visit http://www.csc.ncsu.edu/news/news_item.php?id=170.

Departmental Research Grants, Gifts, and Support
Foundry Networks has renewed its commitment as a Super ePartner with the department, providing a $25,000 unrestricted donation.

Progress Energy has renewed its Super ePartners commitment as part of a larger funding initiative for the entire College of Engineering totaling more than $261,000.

Welcome new Corporate Friend, n software, which recently committed $1,000 to the department to be awarded as the "n software Scholarship Award of Merit".

Dr. Frank Mueller's proposal titled "Dynamic Performance Analysis and Tuning" has been funded for $76,885 by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The project, which runs from May 12 through the end of this year, addresses problems in the OpenMP synchronization and shortcomings in exploiting the memory bandwidth of shared-memory multiprocessors (SMPs) for scientific applications.


Faculty/Staff News
Congratulations to Dr. George Rouskas, who recently received the Alcoa Foundation Engineering Research Achievement Award, an award given annually to a COE faculty member (under age 40) who has demonstrated outstanding research accomplishments over the past three years. As you may recall, he was also recently named to the Academy of Outstanding Teachers at NC State (one of two from the College of Engineering)!.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has named Dr. Annie I. Antón to the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. The publication covers theoretical results and empirical studies with potential impact on the construction, analysis or management of software.

Congratulations to Dr. Rob St. Amant for having his paper with F. E. Ritter titled "Automated GOMS-to-ACT-R model translation" receive the Best Applied Paper Prize, including an honorarium, for the Sixth International Conference on Cognitive Modeling (ICCM).

Jennifer Craddock, contract manager and research facilitator for the department, was named one of the “Pride of the Wolfpack” award winners for the College of Engineering in May.

JIT Signaling Protocol Draws Praise
A new Just-in-Time (JIT) signaling protocol, which will yield ultra-fast network connections, was developed jointly by the MCNC Research & Development Institute (MCNC-RDI) and several members of NC State’s computer science and other engineering faculty. At a recent demonstration, their work drew the praise of the FCC’s technology chief for its potential to enhance today’s network infrastructure. On the JIT team with Dr. George Rouskas and Dr. Harry Perros, professors of computer science, and Paul Franzon, professor of computer and electrical engineering, is Ilia Baldine (Ph.D., ‘98), who was Rouskas' doctoral student. The protocol they are developing together “works to speed up the controls and connections” required by the Internet’s “millions and billions of users,” Rouskas says. To read more, visit http://www.csc.ncsu.edu/news/news_item.php?id=166.

Local ACM Chapter Wins Outstanding Chapter Community Service Award
Props to our local student ACM Chapter for receiving the 2004 Outstanding Chapter Community Service Award. Our student ACM chapter, one of more than 750 chapters nationally, was selected for this recognition as a result of the work they did securing, retrofitting, and installing thirty computers at Henderson Middle School in Vance County, North Carolina. To read more, see http://www.csc.ncsu.edu/news/news_item.php?id=171.

Cisco Awards Information Assurance Scholarship
Congratulations to Matthew Vail for being selected as a Cisco Systems Information Assurance Scholarship award recipient. The award is valued at $2,500. Matt is the second NCSU computer science student to be selected for the award (Neha Jain received the scholarship in the Fall of 2003).

Student Wins Google's 2004 Anita Borg Scholarship
Speaking of Neha Jain, congratulations are once again in order for her, as she was recently awarded one of two Google 2004 Anita Borg Scholarships, valued at $10,000! Jain was selected from a pool of 19 undergraduate finalists who were all flown to Google's headquarters in San Jose, California for the Google 2004 Anita Borg Scholarship awards banquet. Selection was based on the strength of academic background, responses to short essay questions, letters of recommendation, performance during telephone interviews and financial need. To read more, go to http://www.csc.ncsu.edu/news/news_item.php?id=172.

Computer Science Professors Participate in Laptop Pilot Project
Drs. James Lester, David McAllister, Ting Yu, George Rouskas, and Munindar Singh are participating in the College of Engineering’s Faculty Laptop Pilot Project, which complements the college’s student owned computing initiative. In all, 40 College of Engineering faculty members received a $2,500 stipend to purchase a laptop computer and software for use in developing meaningful ways to incorporate laptops into classroom instruction. To read more, go to http://www.csc.ncsu.edu/news/news_item.php?id=168.

New CSC / ECE Facility Construction 'On Schedule'
Construction of the new Computer Science / Computer and Electrical Engineering building is under way on NC State University's Centennial Campus. "Structural steel will be going up shortly,” David Lombardi, building construction and management specialist for the College of Engineering, said in early May. Lombardi adds that the construction is on schedule and completion is anticipated by summer 2005. To read more, go to http://www.csc.ncsu.edu/news/news_item.php?id=167.

Corporate Sponsorships Available
Budgetary constraints continue to challenge us, forcing us to constantly look for new and innovative ways to provide the highest quality educational experience possible to our students. The need for outside funding has never been greater and we hope that you will consider one of the numerous "named" sponsorship opportunities currently available through the department of computer science for the remainder of the academic year:

ACM/AITP Meetings - A complementary named sponsorship event is available to any ePartner for the ACM/AITP Meeting on Sept 1st and Oct 13th at 7 pm. You simply need to provide a guest speaker and a technical topic of 30-40 minutes in length. This event is also available to non-ePartners for a sponsorship of only $250.

Fall Diploma Ceremony - Over 1500 graduates, family, friends and faculty are expected to attend this beautiful ceremony on Dec 15th in the Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh. Your tax-deductible contribution of $2,500 will provide you co-named sponsorship recognition at the event and help us cover the rising cost of facility rental, refreshments, entertainment, and publications.

Women in Computer Science - Your contribution of $1,000 or more will provide named sponsorship support for this strategic initiative designed to increase the attraction and retention rate of women in the computer science field.

New CSC "Systems" Colloquium - Named sponsorship is available for helping fund the launch of a new "systems" focused colloquium spearheaded by Dr Frank Mueller. A $5,000 contribution (in whole or smaller amounts for multiple sponsors) would help provide funding for speaker fees and travel for this new colloquium.

In most cases, your sponsorship contributions are fully tax-deductible and may qualify you for higher levels of recognition. For more information, please contact Ken Tate at 919-513-4292 or kmtate2@ncsu.edu.

'Naming Rights' Available for New Facility
The official groundbreaking ceremony for our new 100,000 sq. ft, $41M state-of-the-art teaching and research facility on Centennial Campus was held on October 24th, 2003. At that same time, we launched the official Naming Rights Campaign with opportunities ranging from $25,000 to over $1M. Premiere naming spaces include an expansive atrium and a series of terraces designed to host events of all sizes, as well as labs, classrooms, conference rooms, and faculty offices. More information is available at http://epartners.ncsu.edu/naming_rights.html, and more details will officially be released on this campaign in the coming months. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Ken Tate at 919-513-4292 or kmtate2@ncsu.edu.

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