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CSC eNewsletter

Welcome to the online edition of CSC eNews, a monthly electronic newsletter for alumni and friends of the Department of Computer Science at NC State University.

November 23, 2004

On-campus ABET Accreditation Review Successful

In late October, all departments within the NCSU College of Engineering underwent a scheduled on-campus ABET Accreditation review. While the review process will continue until the CAC-ABET takes their final re-accreditation vote next summer, we are happy to report that no deficiencies were found. Special thanks to Dr. Matt Stallmann for providing superb leadership in preparation for this event. Thanks also to the many faculty, staff, students, alumni, and corporate leaders who contributed to the successful review.

Departmental Research Grants, Gifts, and Support

NCSU has received $400,000 from the National Science Foundation to support the Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics Scholarships (CSEMS) program. The grant, to be distributed over four years, will provide scholarships to transfer students in related fields of study.

ePartner, I-cubed has recently renewed its ongoing support of the department providing an unrestricted contribution in the amount of $2,000.

Young a Panelist at Gaming Forum

Dr. Michael Young, assistant professor of computer science at NC State University, was one of several sumulation experts participating in the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED)'s Technology Forum on October 20, 2004, 5:30 p.m. at Peak 10. The CED is a corporate partner in the Department of Computer Science's ePartners Program. Dubbed 'Game Night, the forum showcased 'serious games' that are extending interactive entertainment technology beyond computer and video games to serve the education and training needs of businesses and government organizations... more

Six New Members Join Strategic Advisory Board

We welcome six new members to the department's Strategic Advisory Board. The SAB serves as a cornerstone to the department's strategic planning efforts, providing input and guidance critical to helping shape our future. The SAB meets annually on campus and continues to function as a virtual working team throughout the year through member involvement on subcommittees and executive panels. Starting their initial three-year term on the board this fall are new members:
- Richard Conn - University Liaison (ADE) w/ Microsoft Corp
- Chris Evans - Entrepreneur w/ The Deepwood Group
- Vivien Joklik - VP, Marketing w/ John Deere
- Kathy Markham (B.S. '80) - VP, Information Systems w/ Kindred Healthcare, Inc
- Rudy Puryear (B.S. '74) - Director, IT Practice w/ Bain & Co.
- Kristopher Tyra (B.S. '86) - Co-founder & previous CTO of HiddenMind Technologies

Wolfgrid Tests Strengths of Grid Computing Software

What if you had a bunch of computers all over the world, hooked together? That's a question that Sammie Carter, computer science senior, and Jon Harris, graduate student in the College of Design, had in mind when they began to build the Wolfgrid across the NC State community. Using Apple's new Xgrid software, which came out in beta format in January, the two have been hooking up personal computers across campus, creating a virtual community grid that works like a super computer, performing tasks when the individual computers are not being used by their owners. ... more

Student Receives Award for New Software Tool

Jack Frink, senior in computer science, recently received an entrepreneurship award in recognition of his work in developing Flesh, a cross-platform, freeware Java application. He also received a $1,000 scholarship from the local company n software in recognition of his achievement. Neha Jain, also a computer science senior, assisted with extensive testing and feedback during the development process. ... more

Senior Garners Cisco Information Assurance Scholarship

Matthew Vail, senior in computer science at NC State University, was awarded a competitive Cisco Systems Information Assurance Scholarship for fall 2004. Four scholarships are awarded nationally by the Cisco Information Assurance Group each fall and four each spring to students who are making a significant contribution in the field of information security information assurance. ... more

CSC Student Receives Second in ACM Competition

Lucas Layman, a computer science Ph.D. student at NC State, received second place in the graduate category of the ACM Student Research Competition held recently in Vancouver, B.C., in conjunction with the OOPSLA (Object Oriented Programming, Systems, and Applications) 2004 conference. Layman is working as a research assistant with Dr. Laurie Williams, assistant professor, investigating the effects of Agile Software Development practices, such as Extreme Programming, in industry. He is currently working with groups at IBM, Sabre Airline Solutions, and Tekelec to study the effects of Agile practices on requirements engineering, production quality, and customer satisfaction. ... more

NSPE Student Scholarship Opportunities

The NSPE is currently accepting scholarship applications for several prestigious awards ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. For more information on these time-sensitive opportunities visit the CSC department's Scholarship and Financial Aid page.

Department Well Represented at International Conference

NC State's computer science department was well represented at the International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering [] held Nov. 2-5 in Saint Malo, France. Several faculty, graduate and undergraduate students presented papers. ... more

CoE Spring Career Fair set for February 3, 2005

The NCSU College of Engineering's annual "Engineering Career Fair" has been scheduled for Thursday, February 3, 2005 at the McKimmon Center. This is the largest career fair held on campus for engineering students, with approximately 90 companies and over 1,900 students expected to participate. In previous years, companies have been turned away due to a lack of space. To reserve your space, interested corporations are encouraged to register online as soon as possible.

Construction Completed on Engineering Building I

Engineering Building I, the new home of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been completed and turned over to the university for full operations. Classes will start in the new building in January 2005. This is the first building in the College of Engineering's plans to relocate entirely to Centennial Campus. It will be followed next summer by the scheduled opening of Engineering Building II, which will house the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. ... more

NCSU College of Engineering Names Outstanding Alumni

The College of Engineering at NC State has named the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus award winners for 2004. The recipients are Dr. Albert Carnesale of Los Angeles, California, Dr. Calvin H. Carter Jr. of Durham and Thomas R. McPherson Jr. of Potomac, Maryland. The awards were presented by Dr. Nino A. Masnari, dean of the College of Engineering, at a banquet held November 4 at the Cardinal Club in Raleigh. The award honors alumni whose accomplishments further their field and reflect favorably on the university. ... more

NC State Engineering Foundation Selects New President

The NC State Engineering Foundation, Inc. (NCSEF), the fund-raising arm of the College of Engineering, elected John T. McCarter of Key Biscayne, Fla., and Marblehead, Mass., as its president for 2005 at the fall board meeting held October 15-16 on Centennial Campus. McCarter, who received his bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering from NC State in 1973, is the former president and region executive of General Electric Power Systems Sales - Europe. ... more

NCSU College of Engineering, Meredith College Create Dual Degree Program

The College of Engineering at NC State has formed an agreement with Meredith College to establish a new dual degree program that allows students to attend Meredith College for three years and the College of Engineering at NC State for two years. Participants will receive a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry or mathematics from Meredith and a bachelor of science degree in chemical, environmental, civil, computer, electrical or industrial engineering from NC State. The new dual degree with Meredith is one of several such programs offered jointly by the College of Engineering and other institutions in North Carolina, including Saint Augustine's College, Elon University and St. Andrews Presbyterian College.

Department Mourns the Loss of Freshman

CSC freshman, Michael Lloyd Ireland, Jr. of Aurora, NC, was killed in a tragic auto accident on Sunday, November 14th, 2004. Michael is survived by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Ireland of Aurora, NC. Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to the parents, family and friends of Michael.

Online CSC Career Center

CSC Students are reminded to visit the new online CSC Career Center frequently for new employment opportunities. We currently have 13 companies posting a variety of fulltime and part time jobs on this site including and Microsoft. This is also where you can load and manage your resume in the ePartners Resume Database, an exclusive online tool allowing our Corporate ePartners to quickly identify candidates for their employment needs (PT, FT, intern, coop, etc.). All CSC students are invited to post your resume to the database.

Fall Graduation Information

Our fall diploma ceremony will be held on Wednesday, December 15th at 1:30 pm in the beautiful Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh (directions). For the convenience of our guests who might require overnight accommodations, we have arranged a special Graduation room rate at the Sheraton Capital Center located at 421 S. Salisbury Street adjacent to the Civic Center. The special $89/night room rate includes free parking. In order to take advantage of this special rate, reservations must be made by December 2, 2004 by calling the hotel at 1-800-325-3535, or by calling the hotel's direct line at 919-834-9900. Be sure to ask for the NCSU Department of Computer Science special.

Posters & Pies Event Scheduled for December 1st

Posters & Pies, the semester-ending showcase of student accomplishments in the capstone Senior Design Project class, has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 1st, from 1:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Talley Student Center on NCSU's main campus. Current and prospective students, parents, project sponsors and other invited guests will have an opportunity to see what computer science students learn in the course of their studies -- and to see the range of projects in which they can apply their skills. Companies interested in sponsoring future projects are welcomed and encouraged to attend. The event begins with student team presentations in the Stewart Theatre and concludes with project demonstrations and refreshments in the Ballroom. Visit the Senior Design Center and learn more about student project opportunities. If you plan on joining us for the Posters & Pies event, please RSVP online by close of business on Monday, November 29th.

Faculty & Staff Notes

It is with mixed emotion that we bid a fond farewell to Anna Rzewnicki, Associate Director of External Relations for the department, as she leaves us to become Director of Communications for the College of Management.

Kelly Potter of the CSC Senior Design Center has been selected as one of the recipients of the October 2004 Pride of the Wolfpack Awards. Thank you Kelly for all your hard work and dedication to Computer Science and the College of Engineering.

Dr. Harry Perros has been appointed to the National Lambda Rail ( Network Research Council. (NRL NRC). A significant portion of the NLR facilities are to be devoted to research in networking. NLR NRC will provide both guidance to the Board of NLR and to inform the networking community as to this opportunity. NLR NRC to provide input on what are the critical research issues that can utilize the advanced capabilities of the NLR network

eNews Archive

In the News

CSC Department featured in recent Durham Herald-Sun article on Training students for shifting workplace.

IBM University Day, held recently at the IBM facility in the RTP, served as a platform for an informative news piece by WRAL TV5. Our department is well represented in the video clip entitled IBM Forges School-Industry Relationship.

Derek Meyer (BS, 1979 ) -
Computing, Piloting Skills Combine for High-flying Career...more

Elwood Becton (BS, 1973)
- From a CSC degree to a law degree, this early grad follows his heart to success. ...more

This eNewsletter is sponsored for the 2003-04 academic year by Tekelec, a computer science Super ePartners Program company.