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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.

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November 30, 2006

 Insight Racing Team Goes Uptown in DARPA Urban Challenge

In a major press event, NC State and Insight Racing announce a partnership with Lotus Engineering and the Advanced Vehicle Research Center to field a driverless Lotus Elise in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. more

Departmental Research Grants, Gifts, and Support

Duke Energy has donated $7,500 to the department as a renewal of their ongoing support of our Sr. Design Center and our ePartners Program.

Fujitsu Transaction Solutions has donated $5,000 to the department in support of our Sr. Design Center Program.

Thanks to generous gifts from the Triangle Area Smalltalk Users Group and Mrs. Ling Tai, the Dr KC Tai Memorial Endowment has grown to a value of over $38,000. This special endowment, created to honor the legacy of software engineering professor, Dr. KC Tai, provides an ongoing source of scholarship and/or programmatic funds.

Dr Jaewoo Kang, collaborating with researchers from the department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (MEAS) in NC State's College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, has received a grant of almost $1M from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in support of a multi-disciplinary research proposal titled " NOAA Interdisciplinary Scientific Environmental Technology (ISET) Cooperative Research and Education Center ". The award runs from Sept. 1st, 2006 through August 31st, 2011. more

CSC Faculty / Staff News

Dr. Michael Young, associate professor, has been named the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Game Development, effective January 2007. more

Dr. Frank Mueller, associate professor of computer science, and Theresa-Marie Rhyne, Director of the Center for Visualization & Analytics, have both been recognized by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) as Senior Members for 2006. more

Congratulations to Dr. Mladen Vouk, professor, associate vice provost for information technology and head of computer science, who has been recognized as a "Pride of the Wolfpack Award" winners in the College of Engineering. more

Centennial Campus Gateway Naming Honors Masnari

Photo of Dr. MasnariThe College of Engineering has announced the naming of the Centennial Campus gateway in honor of former dean, Dr. Nino A. Masnari. Located at the end of Oval Drive, the Nino A. Masnari Engineering Gateway is the main entrance to what will become the engineering building cluster on Centennial Campus. The gateway is dedicated to Masnari in recognition of "his many contributions to educational and research program development at North Carolina State University and for vision and leadership in moving the College of Engineering to Centennial Campus." more

Senior Design Center's "Posters & Pies" to be held on December 8

The public is cordially invited to the NCSU Computer Science Senior Design Center's semester-ending "Posters & Pies" project showcase on Friday, December 8, 2006 from 4:00 - 6:30 pm. more

Fall 2006 Diploma Ceremony Set for December 20

 The NC State Department of Computer Science will hold its fall diploma ceremony on Wednesday, December 20th at 1:30 pm in beautiful Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. more

Department Participates in NCSTA Conference

Societal relevance of computer science is growing rapidly, as are the computer science and IT job markets. With over a million new jobs in this space projected by 2012, there has never been a better time for middle and high school students to consider a career in computer science. This is precisely the message taken by the NC State department of computer science to the science teachers and educators participating in the North Carolina Science Teachers Association (NCSTA) Conference in Greensboro, NC on November 9 & 10. more

Teams Compete in ACM Regional Programming Contest

With the generous support of sponsor, SAS Institute, NC State sent two teams to the ACM Mid Atlantic Regional Programming Contest, held on October 28th at Duke University. more

New NCSU Home Page Design Concepts Posted for Input, Feedback

Three possible design concepts for the new NC State University home page have been posted for input and feedback from the campus community. more

CSC "Jobs List"

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EBII Student Bench Sponsorships Needed

sIf you have had the chance to visit our EBII facility since it opened last fall, you have seen first-hand what a fantastic teaching and research building it is. However, a little known fact is that numerous items were cut and/or delayed during the construction phase due to higher than expected energy and construction costs. One of the more noticeable items cut from the EBII budget was that of furniture for our commons areas. Tables, chairs, benches, and other furniture are essential for creating spaces where students can collaborate, work and study between classes. The CoE facilities group is in the process of ordering some tables and furniture for our atrium, but budget constraints still will not allow for the purchase of adequate benches to be placed down the main hallways where classrooms are located. To help expedite this, bench sponsorships are being made available to alumni, friends, and corporate partners for $2,000. Each sponsor will be recognized with a permanent nameplate attached to the seat back. The benches are industrial quality and expected to last for many generations.

eNews Archive

In the News

Raleigh Group Revs Up For DARPA Competition, SDC project teams collaborate with Insight Racing, Lotus and AVRC on entry in the DARPA Urban Challenge, Local Tech Wire, by Rick Smith, November 15, 2006.

Super-computer boss has a to-do list for a better future, story features RENCI's efforts to use a cutting-edge computer network and data information technology to foster collaborations, Triangle Business Journal, by Fred Horlbeck, November 27, 2006

Upcoming Events

Dec 4 - Innovators Forum. 5:30 - 7:00 pm, 136 MRC

Dec 4-7 - 8th International Conference on Information and Communications Security. Embassy Suites in Cary, NC (link).

Dec 8 - SDC Posters & Pies. 4 - 6:30 pm, 1025 EBII

Dec 20 - Diploma Ceremony. 1:30 pm, Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh.

Feb 15 - Fall Engineering Career Fair - 9:30 am - 4:00 pm in the McKimmon Center. This is one of the largest career fairs in the country held specifically for engineering students. (link)

Apr 14 - College of Engineering Open House

Alumni News

Steve Worth (MS '85), Technical Director, SPO Global Engineering with EMC Corporation, will provide the keynote address to the department's Fall 2006 Diploma Ceremony on December 20th. (link)

This eNewsletter is sponsored for the 2006-07 academic year by Network Appliance, a computer science Super ePartners Program company.