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October 31, 2007

Reception & Technical Symposium Cap Department’s 40th Year Celebration

On October 24th & 25th, Steve Wozniak joins University officials, faculty, staff, students, alumni and corporate partners to celebrate the department’s 40th Year anniversary with a special reception and a Technical Symposium on Centennial Campus. more

Departmental Research Grants, Gifts, and Support

Dr. Tao Xie has been awarded $225,000 by the National Science Foundation to fund his research proposal titled “Collaborative Research: SoD-TEAM: Designing Tests For Evolving Software Systems.more

Dr. Nagiza Samatova has been awarded $400,001 by the Oak Ridge National Laboratories - UT-Battelle LLC (Prime sponsor is US Department of Energy) to fund her research proposal titled “High-Performance Data Analytics with Demonstrations to DOE-Mission Applications.more

Dr. Munindar Singh has been awarded $53,600 by the University of California - San Diego (prime sponsor is Joint Oceanographic Institutions) to fund his research proposal titled “Policy-Based Governance for the OOI Cyberinfrastructure.more

Dr. Vincent Freeh has been selected to receive a 2007 IBM Faculty Award valued at $30,000. more

Special thanks to Tekelec, NetApp, Cisco Systems, and EMC for renewing their commitment and support as Super ePartners.

CSC Faculty / Staff News

The paper submitted by doctoral candidate Lucas Layman, and Drs. Laurie Williams and Robert St. Amant, “Toward Reducing Fault Fix Time: Understanding Developer Behavior for the Design of Automated Fault Detection Tools”, won the Best Paper Award at the International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM) 2007, held on September 20-21, 2007 in Madrid, Spain. more

Dr. George Rouskas chaired the IEEE BROADNETS 2007 Conference, held September 10-13th at the Millennium Hotel in Durham. more

Dare Cook, Admissions Specialist and Counselor in our Graduate Programs office, has accepted an offer and will be joining the NC State Graduate School office on November 1st.  During her time with us, she led the admission and matriculation of the largest graduate class in department history this past fall.  And she did this with enthusiasm, efficiency and a ready smile.  She will be greatly missed.

It is with great sadness that we report that Earl Shannon, department alum and systems programmer at NC State, passed away on October 28th.

Wright Named 2007-2008 Wilkinson Graduate Research Ethics Fellow

The 2007-2008 Walter H. Wilkinson Graduate Research Ethics Fellowship has been awarded to David Wright, a doctoral student in Computer Science.  Wright, who was a LANGURE Junior Research Ethics Fellow from 2005-07, collaborated with NCSU Senior Fellows Ed Gehringer and Tom Honeycutt, along with LANGURE (Land Grant University Research Ethics) fellows from several other institutions, to develop the Computer Science and Engineering module of the LANGURE curriculum. more

Team Heads to the DARPA Urban Challenge National Qualification Event

The North Carolina State University-sponsored Insight Racing team and their robotic Lotus Elise — the “Lone Wolf” — head to the decommissioned George Air Force Base in Victorville, Calif., this week to compete in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Urban Challenge National Qualification Event that begins October 26. more

Model Campus

David Tredwell, a senior in computer science, was among a group of 10 students who recently embarked on the most ambitious building project in North Carolina State University history. Their goal: construct 107 campus buildings in less than two months! more

Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Series Presents Frank Plastina

Please join us on Nov. 14th at 6 pm in Lecture Hall 1025 EBII for our 3rd of 3 fall talks in the new Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Executive Speakers Series.  Our special guest speaker will be Frank Plastina, President & CEO of Tekelec, whose topic will be “Creativity and Leadership – the Essential Ingredients of Technology”.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit the series page.

[Note to CSC Graduate Students – these lectures have been approved by the CSC Graduate Oversight Committee to count toward the required lectures for graduate students.]

Online Auction Closes Midnight on Oct 31st!

Check out our first-ever online auction to raise money for a new 40th Year Scholarship Endowment. The bidding officially began on Sept 15th and will close on Oct 31st. Items up for bid include autographed NC State sports memorabilia, gift certificates to local restaurants and stores, trips and weekend getaways, and several unique collectables and experiences.  Anyone can register and bid, so forward this information to your family and friends.  We will continue to accept donations and add them to the auction site throughout the bidding period, so visit often and bid high…it’s for a great cause!

NC State Sponsored Geek-A-Thon® a Huge Success

Geekathon LogoOver 160 volunteers came together at Centennial Campus Middle School over the weekend of October 5-7th to take part in NC State’s first sponsored Geek-A-Thon®.  The group refurbished 207 computers over the weekend, 68 of which were distributed to less-advantaged middle school children and their families on Saturday and Sunday during simultaneous Give-A-thons.  more

Spring CoE Career Fair Adding a Second Day, Adding More Companies

More that 2,500 engineering students and 190 companies (capacity) participated in this fall’s College of Engineering Career Fair, making it one of the largest engineering career fairs in the nation.  With company registrations for the spring version nearing capacity, the organizers have decided to add another day, essentially doubling the size of the spring event.  Dates for the spring CoE Career Fair are now February 7 & 8.  If you haven’t signed up, now is the time to reserve your space.  more

Web Startup Contest 2007 sponsored by Prometheus Group Offers $15K Grand Prize

Do you have an idea that will solve a problem, express creativity, or change the world?  If so, you could win $15,000.  more

Microsoft Office Available to Students for Special Price!

According to Microsoft Student Partner, Chris Dzoba, students are invited to take advantage of a special offer from Microsoft - Office 2007 Ultimate Edition for students for just $60.  This is better price that than the bookstore offers (and he says the bookstore doesn't even offer Ultimate Edition).  The URL to buy and download it is  If you have any questions please contact

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