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Williams Named ACM Distinguished Scientist

Photo of Dr. Laurie Williams.Congratulations to Dr. Laurie Williams, professor of computer science at NC State University, who has been named a 2011 Distinguished Scientist by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). more

How Will Players Respond To Game Changes? Do The Math

Can user responses to changes in one game predict the response to changes in a different game? Dr. David Roberts and other researchers have come up with a math-based technique to extrapolate how changes would play out in a different gaming environmen. more

Researchers Find Some Smartphone Models More Vulnerable to Attack

Photo of Dr. Xuxian Jiang.Dr. Xuxian Jiang and other NC State researchers have found that some pre-loaded applications designed to make smartphones more user-friendly may create ‘backdoors’ that can be used by third parties to access personal information or other phone features. more

Leveraging Technology to Address Humanitarian Issues

Preethi Krishnaswamy, a graduate student in the Computer Science Department, received an IEEE student travel fellowship to attend the Global Humanitarian Technology Conference where she presented her research on technology-based humanitarian projects. more

Student Teams Compete in ACM “Battle of the Brains” Contest

Three student teams from the NC State Computer Science Department finished well in this year’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, or “Battle of the Brains.” more

Reeves Named 2011 NC State Libraries Faculty Award Winner

Photo of Dr. Douglas Reeves accepting award.Dr. Douglas Reeves, Director of Graduate Programs and Professor in the NC State Computer Science Department, has been recognized for his service and contributions to the NC State Libraries, being named the 2011 NC State Libraries Faculty Award Winner. more


NC State Developing Video Game to Boost Computer Science Knowledge

Dr. James Lester and other researchers from NC State are developing a video game to improve computer science knowledge in middle school students. The game is being developed under a $1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. more

Want to Study New Kinds of Wireless Systems? Build Your Own

Dr. Rudra Dutta and other researchers at NC State have built their own wireless mesh network, called CentMesh, on NC State’s Centennial Campus. The network will help researchers, but will also help teach students about computer networks and programming. more

Carol Miller to Speak at Fall Diploma Ceremony

Photo of Carol Miller.Please join us for the 2011 Department of Computer Science Fall Diploma Ceremony on Friday, December 16th at 7 pm at Hope Community Church. This year's keynote speaker is Ms. Carol Miller, former lecturer in the department. more


Year End Gifts

Tis the season for giving, and as the norm, we expect to see a huge influx of donations before the end of the year. For anyone looking for that last minute tax-deduction, please be aware that our offices will be closed for an extended period over the holidays. To ensure we have proper time to process your donations in 2011, be sure to your donation is mailed so that it arrives in our office no later than December 21st. Donations arriving after December 21st may not be processed until 2012. Checks should be made payable to the NC State Engineering Foundation, and any specific fund or program you wish to support should be written on the memo line. Online gifts can be made right up to 11:59 pm on December 31st at If you have questions about year end gifts, including cash, stock or other securities, contact Ken Tate at 919-513-4292 or

Departmental Gifts & Research

Werem Software has donated $5,000 to the department in support of the Sr. Design Center.

The Pantry and the Prometheus Group have each donated $2,500 in support of the department and the ePartners Program.

Tekelec has donated $25,000 in support of the department and the ePartners Program, as part of a larger $50,000 commitment to the College of Engineering.

NetApp has donated $10,000 (the 2nd of 2 installments for a total of $25,000) in support of the department and the ePartners Program.

Microsoft has donated $10,000 in unrestricted funding to support the research and work of Dr. Emerson Murphy-Hill.

Google has donated 10 Android Nexus S smartphones valued at $3,792 to Dr. Xuxian Jiang, which will be used to support his teaching and research efforts.

Research in Motion (RIM) has donated five (5) Blackberry 9860 smartphones and two (2) Blackberry Playbooks valued at $2,827 to Dr. William Enck, which will be used to support his teaching and research efforts.

A team of NC State researchers led by Dr. James Lester has been awarded $713,384 by the National Science Foundation to support their research proposal titled “Investigating an Intelligent Cyberlearning System for Interactive Museum-based Sustainability Modeling.” more

Dr. Munindar Singh has been awarded $72,347 in supplemental funding by the University of California-San Diego/National Science Foundation to support his research proposal titled “Policy-Based Governance for the OOI Cyberinfrastructure.” more

CSC Wolf Bytes

Congratulations to alum, Kam Desai, who's newBrandAnalytics start-up has been named Venture Summit's Mid-Atlantic 100 Company of the Year! (link).

A paper co-authored by Dr. Annie Antón and PhD student Jeremy Maxwell from the NC State Computer Science Department, and Peter Swire, professor of law at Ohio State University, recently won a Distinguished Paper Award at the RE ‘11 conference. more

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