March News  

Welcome New Super ePartner - SAS Institute (3/30/2003)
We are extremely happy to announce that founding ePartner, SAS Institute, has made a $25,000 donation to the department and is now recognized as a Super ePartner. SAS is the market leader in providing a new generation of business intelligence software and services that create true enterprise intelligence and SAS solutions are used by more than 90 percent of all Fortune 500 companies. With annual revenue exceeding $1B and a workforce of over 9,000 employees worldwide, SAS is the largest privately owned computer software company in the world. Headquartered in Cary, NC, SAS is also widely recognized as one of the best places to work in the US. SAS has been a strong supporter of the university, and the department of computer science in particular, as evidenced by their endowment of the SAS Institute Chair in Computer Science, currently held by Dr. Jon Doyle. We are very fortunate to have such an active and engaged business partner and we extend our appreciation to SAS Institute for their continued support.

Departmental Research Grants, Gifts, and Support (3/30/2003)
Intel has donated $1,800 to sponsor our Women in Computer Science (WICS) efforts to support the College of Engineering's Summer Outreach Program. CSC received $20,000 in unrestricted, project, and scholarship funding from Progress Energy as a part of a larger grant to the College of Engineering totaling over $230,000. MATRIX Resources donated $500 for scholarship funding. The scholarship has been awarded to Mr. Andrew Cato, a rising junior in Computer Science. We welcome new Corporate Friends, and Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL). OnWired has donated current & ongoing graphics & web development support to the ePartners Program valued at approximately $1,000. MERL has donated DiamondTouch (a simultaneous multi-user touch input device) hardware and software to the department valued at approximately $5,000. This research prototype will be used by Dr Rob St Amant. Apple Computer is providing four NC State students scholarships to attend Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference 2003 to be held June 23-27 in San Francisco. These scholarships are valued at over $1,300 each. Congratulations to Dr's Carla Savage and Billy Stewart for having their proposal entitled "Analysis and Evaluation of Combinatorial Structures and Algorithms: US-France Cooperative Research" funded by the NSF for $21,000. The funding runs from 2-25-03 through 1-31-06

Cyber Defense Lab to Open in April (3/30/2003)
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, and in April the department will open the Cyber Defense Laboratory on NC State’s Centennial Campus. The opening ceremony will be held April 24 in Room 220 in the Venture III building. To learn more about this exciting addition to our research portfolio, go to the College of Engineering News article at

Marshall Brain Returns! (3/30/2003)
On April 1st, Marshall Brain (MS '89) rejoins the department on a part-time basis as Visiting Lecturer and Assistant to the Department Head. Prior to gaining fame as the creator and founder of the highly acclaimed How Stuff Works web site, he served as a teacher in the department. Long a student favorite, Marshall is a member of the NC State University Academy of Outstanding Teachers. In his role as Assistant to the Department Head, he will lead a group focused on optimizing course scheduling for the department and helping enhance our undergraduate program. Please join us in proudly welcoming Marshall back to the department.

New Faculty Member Announcement (3/30/2003)
We are pleased to announce that Jun Xu will join the department effective August 16th as an assistant professor of computer science. He will receive his PhD this spring from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where the focus of his research is on security in operating systems. Jun will complement both the systems and security groups in the department. His office will be located in Room 448 of the EGRC on Centennial Campus.

Dr. Antón Addresses Federal Trade Commission (3/30/2003)
Dr. Annie Antón, assistant professor of computer science, addressed the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, DC on March 12th. In her talk, Antón discussed the notable discrepancy that exists between what Internet privacy policies are currently stating and what users deem most significant, suggesting steps that should be taken to ensure that the average user can protect their privacy online. Her presentation focused on work conducted by researchers at ThePrivacyPlace.Org (an NCSU / Georgia Tech joint effort) and showed that few adults over the age of 25 possess the skills to read and understand most Internet privacy policies. For more information, see the brief article on the Computing Research Association site at

CSC Department Launches New Home Page(3/30/2003)
You are invited to take a look at the new home page for the NCSU Department of Computer Science located at The new site has been designed to provide users quick and easy access to information. Of course, the site is dynamic and will continue to evolve based on user input. Our web master, Carlos Benavente, would appreciate your comments and suggestions.

Park Scholars Announced (3/30/2003)
NC State has named 57 outstanding high school seniors as Park Scholars for Fall 2003. The Parks Scholars program is one of America's most prestigious undergraduate merit award programs. Scholarships cover all expenses for four years of study at NC State and include a stipend for each student to buy a personal computer and peripherals. The awards are valued at $48,000 for North Carolina residents and $92,000 for out-of-state recipients. This year's class of Park Scholars includes 13 high school valedictorians and may be the most accomplished and varied ever. To read mini-bios of the 57 future leaders, go to

Alumni Association Offers Member Discount for Summer Technology Camps (3/30/2003)
Cybercamps offer cutting-edge technology programs for 7- to 16-year-olds at leading university campuses across the country. Courses are available in game design, web design, programming, 3D animation robotics, and digital photography and graphics. NC State will host these camps for three weeks in June and July. Both day and residential programs are available. Children of NC State Alumni Association members will receive a $50 discount to attend the program at NC State or any of the 47 other university locations. Visit to learn more or call toll-free 888-904-2267 to speak with a camp consultant. Don’t delay; summer registration is now open. NOTE: These camps are run by external vendors and are not directly associated with the NC State Department of Computer Science

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