CSC eNewsletter - October 2017

Department Launches Alumni Hall of Fame

NC State CSC turns 50As part of the department’s 50th Year celebrations, the Computer Science Alumni Hall of Fame was officially launched during a special ceremony held at the Park Alumni Center on Thursday, October 12th. The inaugural class consisted of 25 highly-accomplished alumni inductees, all unanimous choices by the selection committee. In addition, the department recognized six Outstanding Young Alumni for their accomplishments. more

Kremer Joins CSC Staff as Director of Development

The Department is excited to announce the addition of Kyle Kremer as Director of Development, a new role in which he will be responsible for engagement and major gift cultivation for the department’s 9,000+ alumni. Kremer is a 2009 graduate of Bowling Green State University. Prior to joining NC State, he was Associate Director of Annual Giving for The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. more

Study Finds Auto-Fix Tool Gets More Programmers to Update Software

Dr. Chris Parnin“Most software programs rely, in part, on code in external ‘libraries’ to perform some of their functions,” says Chris Parnin, an assistant professor of computer science at North Carolina State University and senior author of a paper on the work. “If those external libraries are modified to address flaws, programmers need to update their internal code to account for the changes. This is called ‘upgrading an out-of-date dependency.’ However, for various reasons, many programmers procrastinate, putting off the needed upgrades. more

College Announces Homecoming Plans

The College of Engineering invites alumni to return to campus on November 3rd for a BBQ lunch at 11:45A on the lawn of the Engineering Oval. Afterwards attend the program at 1:15P in Room 1011 EB1. Hear from Dean Louis Martin-Vega and students with the NC State student chapter of Engineers Without Borders concerning the impact NC State engineers are making both in North Carolina and around the world. Listen to a presentation by our keynote speaker, NASA astronaut Christina H. Koch. more

Engineering America’s Future

Associate professor Laura Bottomley, director of NC State's Women in Engineering and the Engineering Place, believes engineering is “a vehicle for the solution of every problem.” more

Five NC State Engineering Faculty Members Earn NSF CAREER Awards

Dr. Min Chi Dr. Min Chi, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, is among the five distinguished award winners. more

StateView Hotel Opens on Centennial

The doors of NC State’s newest enterprise opened for business on Wednesday, Oct 11th, when the long-awaited StateView Hotel welcomed the first guests to its Centennial Campus location, after some eight years of planning and construction. more

Streaming on a Wireless Power Connection

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a system that can simultaneously deliver watts of power and transmit data at rates high enough to stream video over the same wireless connection. By integrating power and high-speed data, a true single “wireless” connection can be achieved. more

Fidelity Investments "Leadership in Technology" Series Presents Dr. Maria Klawe

Dr. Maria KlawePlease join us on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 4 pm in the Hunt Library Auditorium for our 3rd of three fall 2017 talks in the Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Speakers Series. Our special guest speaker will be Dr. Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College. Her talk topic will be “Broadening Participation in Computing.” This special talk is co-hosted with Triangle Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series and the NC State CS Theory Seminar Series. more

What Will North Carolina’s Economy Look Like in 2050?

Today’s North Carolina bears little resemblance to the state we see on re-runs of the Andy Griffith Show. One reason for that is because Andy Griffith was, well, a TV show. But another reason is that North Carolina’s economy has undergone a sea change over the past 50 years. And that evolution is still under way. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

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

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

Cisco has donated $15,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

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

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

Allscripts has donated $10,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

Capital One has donated $10,000 to the department in support of the Senior Design Center.

Pendo has donated $500 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

Alum, Tony Brown, has donated $10,000 as part of a multi-year pledge to the Kathryn Eskew Brown Endowment Fund, which will support student-defined entrepreneurial projects in the department’s Senior Design Center.

Mrs. Ling Tai has donated $2,500 to the KC Tai Memorial Endowment fund.

Dr. Ranga Raju Vatsavai has been awarded $14,990 by Oak Ridge National Laboratories to support his project, titled “Scaling Up Scientific Data Analysis.” more

Dr. Kathryn Stolee has been awarded $499,996 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support her research proposal entitled “Supporting Regular Expression Testing, Search, Repair, Comprehension and Maintenance.” more

Drs. Arnav Jhala and Christopher Parnin have been awarded $20,000 in supplemental funding by Lenovo to support their project titled “TrackWhere: An App for Tracking and Visualization Communication Across Teams During Product Lifecycle.” more

Dr. Christopher Healey has been awarded $59,983 by the Center of Hybrid Multicore Productivity Research (CHMPR) to support his research proposal entitled “Visualizing Wildfire Narratives.” more

Dr. Xipeng Shen has been awarded $499,998 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his research proposal entitled “Supporting Position Independence and Reusability of Data on Byte-Addressable Non-Volatile Memory.” more

Dr. Alexandros Kapravelos has been awarded $406,609 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his research proposal entitled “SaTC: CORE: Medium: Collaborative: Taming Web Content Through Automated Reduction in Browser Functionality.” more

CSC Wolf Bytes

CSC alum, Thushan Amarasiriwardena (BS CSC ’04), is part of Google’s personality team charged with making its digital helper, Assistant, sound more like a person. Google Assistant is the voice-activated helper found on a wide range of smartphones and its Home smart speaker. The team’s work was recently featured in TIME magazine. more

CSC Ambassador and senior leader, Melissa Novitsky, was featured recently in ReigningIT's "Women Who Reign" series! more

Former CSC professor, Dr. Injong Rhee, was recently profiled by the ACM. He is the Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Software and Services, Mobile Communications at Samsung. Since joining them in 2011, he has developed some of the company’s most high-profile products, including Samsung KNOX, a security platform built into more than 200 million Samsung smartphones, Samsung Pay, a mobile payments solution, and most recently, Bixby, a virtual digital assistant. His most recent accomplishment is the software powering flagship smartphones such as Galaxy S8 and Note 8, Gear smart watches and IoT services. more

Follow the Department on Facebook, LinkedIn, 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, 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



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