Computer Science eNewsletter

Cracking the Code

Dr. Laurie WilliamsThe attackers are winning. Those attackers are hackers who exploit deficiencies in software code that allow them access to your credit card number and even your medical records. What’s at stake is more than money. In the case of vital healthcare software, lives could be at risk. In 2012, the NSA established lablets at NC State, Carnegie Mellon and the University of Illinois in hopes of taking a different approach to preventing cyber-attacks, to change how code is written and take away opportunities from thieves. more

Mushi & Tanwir Receive Google Anita Borg Scholarships

Congratulations to Magreth Mushi and Savera Tanwir, graduate students in the NC State Computer Science Department, on receiving 2014 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarships. Recipients each received a $10,000 award, and were invited to attend the Annual Google Scholars Retreat in Mountain View, CA. There were only 78 recipients of 2014 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa. more

Handball, an NC State Engineering Tradition

Within an hour of Dr. Donald Bitzer's (Computer Science) arrival at NC State in 1989, he was playing handball with Dr. Thom Hodgson (Industrial and Systems Engineering). Magreth Mushi and Savera TanwirThe two played handball six days a week (every day except Saturday) at the Carmichael Gym on campus. “I started playing and couldn’t stop,” says Bitzer, a Distinguished University Research Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Emmy-award winner for his work on the plasma television screen. Together, they won three NC State Intramural doubles championships. more

Gaining More Value from Big Data

With a focus on research that extracts more value from Big Data, the department is proud to announce that NC State has joined forces with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, the University of Utah, and the University of California, San Diego as part of the Center of Hybrid Multicore Productivity Research (CHMPR). NC State's addition as a site comes as a result of the center's planned phase II Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) renewal, and will be led by Dr. Rada Chirkova. more

A Virtual Whodunit

Crime scenes are fleeting. Police and first responders are trained to disturb as little as possible at the scene of a homicide or other violent crime. But no one’s perfect, and eventually the scene must be released. Homes must be occupied. Businesses must reopen. Traffic on a busy street must flow once more. But what if you could preserve that space virtually, so that investigators and the specialists with whom they collaborate could return to the scene of the crime during the investigation? That is the aim of IC-Crime, a multidisciplinary project led by Dr. Michael Young under NC State’s Digital Games Research Center (DGRC), housed in the Department of Computer Science on Centennial Campus. more

Award Will Help NC State Researcher Put Computer Science Theory Into Practice

Dr. Blair SullivanThe Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has announced that it has selected North Carolina State University’s Dr. Blair D. Sullivan for a $1.5 million Moore Investigator Award – one of only 14 nationally – as part of its Data-Driven Discovery Initiative. Sullivan’s work focuses on transforming theoretical algorithms into practical tools that could be used in fields ranging from biomedical science and social media research to business analytics and online retailing. more

Dog-Powered Disaster Response

Dr. Dave Roberts invites you to imagine a team of humans, dogs, robots and drones swooping onto the scene in the aftermath of a disaster and working together to find and rescue anyone trapped in collapsed buildings. more

Drones Over Centennial Campus

The first ever NC State CentMesh Drones Challenge programming contest on unmanned aerial computing platforms culminated in a day-long final challenge where teams took turns running their programs on CentMesh drones to see if their code would fly. more

Fidelity Investments Speakers Series Presents Jim Goodnight

Jim GoodnightPlease join us on November 13, 2014 at 6 pm in The Hunt Library Auditorium for our final Fall 2014 talk in the Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Speakers Series. Our special guest speaker will be Jim Goodnight, Co-founder and CEO of SAS. The topic of this special "fireside chat" discussion moderated by CSC alum and SAS CIO, Mr. Keith Collins, will be “An Epic Entrepreneurial Journey: How Creating a Unique Culture for Innovation Leads to Unlimited Possibilities.” more

Safe Haven

Dr. Nagiza Samatova, professor of Computer Science at NC State, is one of nine faculty members in six departments spanning three colleges that, through the CNEC, will become nuclear nonproliferation and security professionals and researchers. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

NetApp has donated $15,000 in support of the department’s ePartners Program and Senior Design Center.

Humana has donated $7,500 in support of the department’s ePartners Program and Senior Design Center.

Informatica has donated $5,000 in support of the department’s ePartners Program.

iCiDIGITAL has donated $2,500 in support of the department’s ePartners Program.

STEMbrite has donated $1,500 in support of the department’s ePartners Program.

Drs. James Lester and Bradford Mott have been awarded $272,839 by SAS Institute to support their research proposal entitled “Using Deep Learning to Build Context-Sensitive Language Models.” more

Dr. Nagiza Samatova has been awarded $383,000 by the US Department of Energy (DoE) to support her research proposal entitled “In Situ Indexing and Query Processing of AMR Data.” more

Drs. Robert St. Amant and Christopher Healey have been awarded $496,858 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support their research proposal entitled “Direct Physical Grasping, Manipulation, and Tooling of Simulated Objects.” more

CSC Wolf Bytes

SAS CIO and CSC alum, Keith Collins, was featured recently at the "Fiber Transforms the Triangle" conference, saying high speed fiber is key to "...innovation, education and community." more

We are very proud to announce that CSC alum and ZeOmega CEO, Sam Rangaswamy has been recognized among “Who’s Who in Health Care” for 2014 by the Dallas Business Journal! more

Congratulations to Monique Morrow, SAB member and CTO Cisco Services, for being named a 2014 GEM-TECH ‘Global Achievers’ – The Gender Equality Mainstreaming - Technology (GEM-TECH) Awards are co-organized by ITU and UN Women to recognize the outstanding achievements of organizations and individuals in the area of gender equality and mainstreaming through ICTs (information and communication technologies).

Congratulations to Rogelio Cardona-Rivera, a PhD student in the NC State Computer Science Department, for co-authoring a book entitled “Cognitive Neuroscience of Human Systems: Work and Everyday Life.” more

Computer science alumna Liz Hervatic made a mid-career life change. She gave up the corporate lifestyle to devote her life to shamanism and to creating beautiful works of art - shamanic blankets - that offer healing and happiness. more

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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 Career Services Counselor Catherine Tuttle at