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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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October 31, 2006

 IBM-based Lab Improves NCSU Educational Experience

North Carolina State University's new Virtual Computing Lab uses IBM servers and software to make it easier for students and educators to perform a broad range of computing tasks, while fueling a statewide education and research initiative. The lab is expected to support the daily needs of up to 8,000 NCSU students and faculty this semester, as well as the high-performance computing needs associated with research projects, like simulating biochemical processes, modeling weather patterns and mapping genetic information. The NCSU Virtual Computing Lab uses over 400 IBM BladeCenter servers and Tivoli and WebSphere software so that students and faculty can tap into the power of the lab on-demand – anywhere, anytime - via the Interne. more

Departmental Research Grants, Gifts, and Support

Super ePartner, Network Appliance has donated $30,000 to the department as a renewal of their ongoing support of our Sr. Design Center and our ePartners Program, as well as a Gold level sponsorship for the ISSRE 2006 Conference in November.

EMCSuper ePartner, EMC has donated $25,000 to the department as a renewal of their ongoing support of our Sr. Design Center and our ePartners Program. The check was presented to department head, Dr. Mladen Vouk, during an executive campus visit on October 10th.

Hunter Davis (BS '06) has made a generous $1,100 contribution in support of the department's Sr. Design Center Program. Davis was a member of this year's winning team in the CSIDC 2006 competition.Gent Hito (BS '94) and n software have provided the department a cash gift of $4,000 in support of the Joyce Hatch Scholarship Endowment. To date, approximately 60 alumni, friends and relatives have contributed almost $22,000 and pledged almost $38,000 to this new endowment. We anticipate making the first scholarship awards from this endowment in the fall of 2007.

Thanks to Sharon Sprake and Sensible Project Solution for their recent gift in support of the Charles Kelly / Raleigh ISSA Scholarship Endowment. The gift was given in memory of Rick Myers, a chapter member who passed away recently following a battle with melanoma cancer.

EBII Student Bench Sponsorships Needed

 If 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.

CSC Faculty / Staff News

Congratulations to Susan Peaslee, accounting clerk for the department of Computer Science, who has been recognized as a "Pride of the Wolfpack Award" winners in the College of Engineering. more

Photo of 2006 NCIGS WinnersCisco Announces Inaugural Recipients of NCIGS Awards

Congratulations to incoming computer science freshmen Mackenzie Corcoran and Robinson Udechukwu, who have been selected by Cisco Systems as NC State's inaugural recipients of the National Cisco Internet Generation Scholarship (NCIGS) awards. more

Patrick Wins UPE/ACM Scholarship Award

Congratulations to Talmage Patrick, a junior in computer science, who has been named a recipient of a UPE/ACM Scholarship Award valued at $1,000. Patrick is one of just three recipients of the award nationwide. more

WiCS Welcomes CSC Female Grad Students

The Women in Computer Science (WiCS) student organization hosted a welcome reception for new female graduate students in computer science on Friday, September 29. The reception, sponsored by Super ePartner, Network Appliance, was held in the Progress Energy Executive Conference Room in EBII's 3rd floor bridge. more

Desai, Chopra & Singh win IEEE SCC Best Student Paper Award

Congratulations to CSC graduate students Nirmit Desai and Amit Chopra, as well as their faculty mentor, Dr. Munindar Singh for having their paper titled, "Business Process Adaptations via Protocols" selected as the IEEE SCC 2006 Best Student Paper. more

Prometheus Group Sponsors Web 2.0 Design Contest - $10,000 Grand Prize!

Students, do you have an idea that will solve a problem, express creativity or change the world? If so, you might be interested in Prometheus Group's Web 2.0 Design Contest. The contest is open to currently enrolled N.C. State students, and will award a $10,000 grand prize. Registration is open now through November 16th. more

Microsoft Announces "Imagine Cup 2007"

 Super ePartner, Microsoft, is pleased to announce the 2007 Microsoft Imagine Cup. This competition started 4 years ago, and has seen more than 100,000 students from more than 100 countries participate. The theme of Imagine Cup 2007 is: Imagine a world where "technology enables a better education for all." Contestants have the chance to give their ideas exposure, make critical contacts, and gain real-world job-related experience to show their worth to future employers. The competition is divided into nine tracks. Registration is now open for two of these tracks: Software Design Competition and Project Hoshimi. For more information and to register for this life-changing competition, visit

Cisco Systems Information Assurance Scholarship Program

Super ePartner, Cisco Systems, is once again offering the Cisco Systems Information Assurance Scholarship to undergraduate and graduate students who are making a significant contribution in the field of Information Security / Assurance. This scholarship, valued at $2,500, is managed exclusively by Cisco Systems. Over the past three years, four NCSU students have won this award, more than any other school. Deadline for students to submit their application is November 6th. The deadline for faculty to submit a letter of recommendation is December 2nd. For more information, consult the scholarship web site

Vanguard Scholarship Program

ePartner, The Vanguard Group, is offering scholarships to full-time, minority students entering their senior year in the fall of 2007. The Vanguard® Scholarship Program provides merit-based scholarships of up to $10,000 to students pursuing studies in business, finance, economics, accounting, information technology, and liberal arts to be used during their senior year. For more information, consult the scholarship web site.

Sun Microsystems Campus Ambassador Position Available

Sun Microsystems is looking for a Sun University Campus Ambassador to help drive adoption of Sun's platforms (OpenSolaris and Java) and developer tools among Academic Developers (students, faculty and researchers) at NC State University. Ideal candidate would be a graduate or senior level student with a strong background in software development/programming to work approximately 75 hours per semester. For more information, consult the posting on the CSC online jobs board. link

Photo of Career COnnectinoFall ePartners Career Connection Event is Largest Ever

On October 4th, the department of computer science hosted its 6th annual ePartners Career Connection event, a recruiting and networking event provided exclusively for CSC students and ePartner companies. This year's event, which featured 12 corporate partners and over 200 students, is believed to be the largest in the department's history. more

EBII's Seminar Room (3211) to Undergo Renovations

The Seminar Room (3211) in EBII will not be available for meetings during the two week period of November 6-17, to allow for the installation of enhanced audio-visual capabilities. We apologize for the inconvenience this might cause those who had previously planned to use this space during this period. Alternative meeting arrangements can be made, as usual, with Carol Allen.

CSC "Jobs List" Launched

If you are a CSC student and would like to receive an automatic email notice whenever new postings are activated on the CSC online jobs board, you are invited to subscribe to the cscjobs list. We may also use the list to announce career fairs, company campus visits & info sessions, and other career related events and activities. This is an "opt-in" list, so you must subscribe to receive the notices. Students can subscribe via the Subscribe Interface at (type cscjobs in the Mailing List box and press Search) or by sending an email to: (leave Subject Line blank), in the body of the message type subscribe cscjobs, and then send your message. For more information about subscribing please check to Offer Virtual Career Fair

As communicated previously, the NCSU Department of Computer Science recently entered into a partnership with to provide you another valuable tool to assist in your job seeking needs, a FREE Job Resource Center accessible on the department's virtual Computer Science Career Services page. One of the many value-add services provided by AfterCollege is a Virtual Career Fair, Wednesday, November 1st through Friday, December 1st, where many of the nation's top employers are recruiting for internships, co-ops and full-time positions. Register online.

eNews Archive

In the News

Dr. Donald Bitzer, Distinguished University Research Professor, was the featured guest recently on UNC-TV's "North Carolina People with William Friday". (link)

Upcoming Events

Nov 1 -'s Virtual Career Fair - This event runs through Dec 1 and requires registration. (link)

Nov 4 - NCSU Homecoming - The Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech takes on the Wolfpack.

Nov 7-10 - 2006 International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering - Sheraton Raleigh Hotel (link)

Nov 17 - General Hugh Shelton Leadership Forum - McKimmon Center (link)

Nov 28 - ACM/AITP Mtg - 7-8 PM in Room TBD. Sponsored by ePartner, The Vanguard Group.

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)

Alumni News

Congratulations to William Riddick (BS '74), president and owner of Computer Service Partners in Raleigh. CSP was recognized recently with two national awards for growth during the 15th VentureTech Network Fall Invitational in Palm Springs, CA.

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