September News  

NEWS FLASH: SAS Sponsorship Supports New Communications Initiative (9/30/2003)
Be on the lookout for major changes to the ePartners Update in the next few months. Thanks to a $5,000 grant provided by SAS Institute's Publication Marketing Group, our departmental enewsletter will migrate to a new HTML format allowing for a more dynamic and powerful display of content. In addition, we will expand our distribution list to include all CSC alumni. The department will continue to publish Connected, our a bi-annual paper newsletter, however this increased focus on providing more timely news via email will allow us to be more strategic in the news features provided in print. We trust that you will see great value in these changes. As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Shelton Leadership Forum - Nov. 13 & 14 (9/30/2003)
Make your plans to attend the General Henry Hugh Shelton Leadership Forum to be held Nov. 13 & 14 at the McKimmon Conference & Training Center on the campus of NC State University. Scheduled keynote presenters include General Hugh Shelton, Dr. G. Thomas Houlihan, and Dr. Stephen Covey. For more information or to register for this special event, click here.

Departmental Research Grants, Gifts, and Support (9/30/2003)
OPNET Technologies has, once again, provided the department with annual software licenses valued at over $7.2M. This gift includes licenses for OPNET's Moduler, Wireless Moduler, UMTS, MPLS, NetDoctor, IT Guru, and a host of other software modules. The software has been successfully integrated into several undergraduate, graduate, and distance education network project courses.

Super ePartner Foundry Networks recently donated two 1-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet modules and associated enterprise hardware and peripheral equipment valued at almost $330,000. The equipment will be deployed by the university's Information Technology division for the benefit of the entire university network.

Special thanks to two valued CSC alumni for making substantial multi-year pledges to the department. Gerhard Pilcher (BS '85) of Mount Airy, NC recently made a $2,500 contribution toward a $10,000 four-year pledge, while Chris Crump (BS '78) of Redwood City, CA made a $5,000 contribution toward a $25,000 five-year pledge. These are two of the largest individual alumni pledges ever made to the department. Both Gerhard and Chris have fond memories of their days here on campus and recognize the important role NCSU played in their successful careers. Both also express great satisfaction in being able to give something back to help future generations of computer science students, and they challenge their fellow alumni to explore the many opportunities to make a difference in someone else's life.

Drs Laurie Williams and Annie Antón have received a $25,000 unrestricted grant from ABB to support their work on Mapping CMMI to ISO Standard 12207-15504. The work will run from September 1, 2003 - May 31, 2004.

Dr Rada Chirkova's proposal entitled "Efficient View-Design Algorithms to Achieve Near-Optimal Performance of Sets of Relational Queries" has been funded by the National Science Foundation for $253,180. The project started September 15, 2003 and will run for three years.

Dr. Annie Antón's proposal entitled "ITR: Encoding Rights, Permissions and Obligations: Privacy Policy Specification and Compliance" has been funded by the National Science Foundation for $920,000 for the period September 15, 2003 - August 31, 2007. Se press release at

NCSU Libraries Computer Science & Engineering Collection Rank's 4th in N.A. (9/30/2003)
The recently released 2001 North American Title Count ranks the NCSU Libraries 4th out of 52 participating academic libraries in computer science and engineering titles, trailing only the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and the University of Toronto. For more information see

Priority 'Naming Rights' for ePartners (7/25/2003)
The official groundbreaking ceremony for our new 100,000 sq. ft, $41M state-of-the-art teaching and research facility on Centennial Campus is tentatively planned for October 24th. At the same time, we plan to launch the official Naming Rights Campaign. While the details of this campaign are still being finalized, we expect naming opportunities to range 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. Our ePartners will have priority naming rights opportunities. More information will be released officially on this campaign in the coming months, but if you have questions or would like more information, please contact Ken Tate at 919-513-4292 or

Faculty/Staff Promotions & Honors (9/30/2003)
Congratulations to Dr. Matt Stallmann for being chosen to be an Associate Editor of the ACM Journal, "Journal of Experimental Algorithms." Catherine McGeoch, of Amherst College, is the new Editor-in-Chief of the ACM JEA. She thought that Matt's "research in the area, and his interest in methodologies, made him an ideal candidate" for an Associate Editor. More information on the journal may be found at

New Faculty/Staff Member Announcements (9/30/2003)
We are pleased to welcome Anna Rzewnicki, who joined our staff on September 8th as our new Associate Director of External Relations. Anna comes to us from The Ohio State University where she served as the associate news director for the Fisher College of Business. Anna's degree in journalism and a strong background in university related news, communications, and media relations will benefit us greatly as we launch a new branding and communications strategy in the coming year. She will be located in 202 Withers Hall.

CSC Student Named "Leader of the Pack" During Homecoming Celebrations (9/30/2003)
As part of the halftime ceremonies at NC State’s homecoming game against Texas Tech, computer science student Mital Patel was named along with business management major, Sarah King, as the 2003 "Leaders of the Pack". Patel is the son of Mahendrakumar and Sharmistha Patel of Morehead City, NC. He is a graduate of West Carteret High School. He is active in student government, is a service leadership consultant, and serves as publicity chair for NC State’s South Asian Student Organization. The Leader of the Pack Program replaces the traditional homecoming queen and king contest and recognizes two students who make outstanding contributions to NC State in the areas of leadership, scholarship and community service. Each winner receives a $1,000 scholarship provided by NC State’s Student Government Association. The entire news release is available at

Faculty Videos in Production (9/30/2003)
As a recruitment tool for the department and targeted research areas, several members of our faculty will be featured making research presentations via on-line digitized videos. The videos should help attract current students to new courses and research disciplines, while also helping attract prospective students to NCSU and the department of computer science. To view a sample of one of our first videos, see Dr. Ting Yu's presentation at

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