CSC eNewsletter - November 2021

Five Alumni Inducted into the CSC Alumni Hall of Fame

Paul Jones, Tiffany Barnes & Brian OnorioThe NC State Computer Science Alumni Hall of Fame officially inducted five new members during a special ceremony held at the Park Alumni Center on Friday, November 19th. In addition, the department formally recognized the 2020 class of inductees, who were unable to celebrate in person last fall due to COVID restrictions in place at the time. More than 70 faculty, staff, award winners, their families and special guests were in attendance. Read More »

Five CSC Faculty Promoted

Promotion and tenure mark major milestones in the academic lives of NC State faculty. Promoted faculty have met rigorous standards in their realms of responsibility, and tenured faculty have made a significant impact in their discipline. Congratulations to five Computer Science faculty who have recently been promoted. Congratulations to all newly-promoted and tenured faculty for their accomplishments and significant contributions to the success of academics at NC State. In particular, we want to congratulate Drs Will Enck and Ranga Vatsavai on their promotions to full professor and to Dr. Jessica Schmidt on her promotion to associate teaching professor. We’d also like to congratulate newly tenured CSC faculty – Drs. Xu Liu and Christopher Parnin. Read More »

In-Person Fall Diploma Ceremony Set for December 10th in Reynolds Coliseum

Kamala Subramaniam

Please join us as we recognize our graduates in-person during the NC State University Computer Science Department’s Fall Diploma Ceremony on Friday, December 10th at 3:30 p.m. The ceremony will be held in William Neal Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of NC State University, located at 2411 Dunn Avenue, Raleigh (directions). All attendees, including graduates, guests, faculty and staff, are required to wear protective face masks. (Students are encouraged to decorate their masks just as they would their caps.) Kamala Subramaniam, the Google Engineering Site Lead in Durham, NC, will deliver the keynote address. Read More »

CSC and ECE Students Compete in National Combat Robotic Event

Computer science students, Kaiz Akhtar and Mikey Donohue, and electrical engineering students, Jacob Williams and Julian Berla recently competed at one of the biggest combat robotic events in the country, Norwalk Havoc Robot League (NHRL). Dr. Donald Sheehy, Associate Professor of Computer Science, serves as the faculty advisor for the team. Since they formed their team in 2017, they have competed at over half a dozen events in North Carolina, Florida, and Connecticut. Their “best-performing” robot so far is their spinning antweight (1-lb. robot), “The Wheel of Power” (WoP). Their WoP Bot is currently ranked #1 antweight in NC and #8 in the world. Read More »

PAWR Program Announces Launch of AERPAW Testbed

The Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Project Office announces general availability of the AERPAW wireless testbed for network communications and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) research. Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, the AERPAW – or Aerial Experimentation and Research Platform for Advanced Wireless – testbed is designed to accelerate the integration of UAS into the national airspace and enable research into advanced wireless technologies supporting dynamic, mobile, and airborne networks. Read More »

Engineering North Carolina’s Future

Dr James LesterAs North Carolina’s technology economy is soaring, so is the need for skilled graduates. As the flagship STEM campus of the UNC System, it falls to NC State to meet that need. Put simply, North Carolina needs a bigger Wolfpack. Over the next five years, we plan to enroll about 4,000 more students in engineering and computer science. That growth will bring the student population of our world-renowned College of Engineering to around 14,000 and total enrollment at NC State to more than 40,000. The funding for this effort comes from “Engineering North Carolina’s Future,” a state legislative initiative that will provide NC State with $20 million over the next two years to hire additional faculty and staff and $30 million for facility upgrades, with the aim of supporting that growing student body and the university as a whole. Read More »

NC State Ranked No. 1 Entrepreneurship Program in the Southeast

NC State continues to earn national recognition as one of the nation’s best undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs in the nation by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. Numerous scholarships, the Andrews Launch Accelerator and other donor-supported programs and funds are helping make the difference. Click here to learn more about the Computer Science Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Track. Read More »

Senior Design Center's Posters & Pies Planned for December 1st

Please join us for the NC State Department of Computer Science Senior Design Center "Poster Day" event on Wednesday, December 1st, from 10:30A-1P. Each student team will give a brief presentation of their Senior Design project in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library Auditorium. After the presentations, pizza and dessert pies will be served, and you can enjoy project demonstrations and poster displays in the Hunt Library IEI Duke Energy Hall. The event is sponsored by Live Oak Bank, as well as the Computer Science ePartners Program and the NC State Engineering Foundation. Read More »

NASA Intern Works on AI’s Next Generation

Shilpa KancharlaDuring an internship with the NASA Glenn Research Center, CSC graduate student - Shilpa Kancharla researched ways to replicate natural neural networks and show how they can be applied to cognitive communications. Think of it as "Think and Do" with artificial intelligence. Read More »

OIT to Offer New Alumni Email-only Account

Effective December 2021, NC State graduates will no longer retain their NC State student Google accounts. Instead, these will be Gmail-only accounts with 2G of email storage and with the {Unity} domain. Note that students will retain access to their current student Google account for six months after graduation, at which time it will be disabled. OIT is informing all incoming and graduating students about this announcement. Read More »

Select Departmental Gifts & Support

NetApp has donated $25,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program and the Senior Design Center.

BCBS of NC has donated $12,500 to the department in support of the ePartners Program and the Senior Design Center.

Relay (formerly Republic Wireless) has donated $2,500 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

Lucid has donated $2,500 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

Facebook has made an unrestricted grant in the amount of $50,000 to support Dr. Tim Menzies’ research efforts, specifically related to probabilistic programming and the r.a.i.s.e. lab.

Alum, Mark Wyatt, and his wife Robin, have donated $2,500 to the department in support of the Computer Science Enhancement Fund.

Alum, Dr. Andy Smith, has donated $5,000 to the department in support of the Dr. Robert E. Funderlic Scholarship Endowment.

Mrs. Ling Tai has donated $3,000 to the KC Tai Memorial Endowment fund.

CSC Wolf Bytes

The department welcomes Becky Smith, who joined our Contracts & Grants team on November 19th. Becky will be working on the post awards and assisting in managing various spending accounts. Becky comes to us via the CALS Business Office and before that the Wake County School System. Please join us in welcoming Becky to the Computer Science Department.

Follow the Department on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter!

 Alumni, students, faculty, staff, and corporate partners of the NC State Department of Computer Science, interested in networking to foster collaboration, entrepreneurship, partnerships, career development and professional growth are invited to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.

Personalized Job Search Agent in ePack

If you are a CSC student or recent graduate (within 12 months post-graduation) and would like to receive email notifications when new jobs are posted on ePack matching your profile, you can set up your own customized job search agent to receive just the postings you desire (intern vs. full time, etc). For a short video tutorial on how to create your own personalized job agent, click here.

The Alumni Association has partnered with the University Career Development Center to make ePACK available to NC State alumni. If you are a current Alumni Association member, update your online profile by visiting the Wolfpack Connect (alumni directory) and click on the ‘Update My Info’ tab on the upper right side of the page. Select the ‘Career Connections’ tab and then choose ‘yes’ beside the question, ‘Do you want access to ePACK?’

To access ePACK you must be a member of the Alumni Association and you must be an alumnus/alumnae of NC State. If you are not a member of the Alumni Association, you can join online. Once you have received an email confirming your membership, you will be able to register for access to ePACK.

Questions: Contact Manager of Alumni Career Services, Anna Velleggia at



This eNewsletter is sponsored for the 2021-22 academic year by the ePartner Program