CSC eNewsletter - October 2020

Software Spots and Fixes Hang Bugs in Seconds, Rather Than Weeks

Hang BugsHang bugs – when software gets stuck, but doesn’t crash – can frustrate both users and programmers, taking weeks for companies to identify and fix. Now researchers from North Carolina State University, led by Dr. Helen Gu, have developed software that can spot and fix the problems in seconds. Read More »

Senior Design Center's Virtual "Poster Day" Planned for November 13th

Please join us for the NC State Department of Computer Science Senior Design Center’s virtual "Poster Day" event on Friday, November 13th, from 10:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Each of the 23 student teams will be in individual virtual rooms presenting posters/demos of their projects. The event is sponsored by Live Oak Bank. Links to each team’s virtual room will be released closer to the day of the event. Check the department calendar and news page for details. Read More »

Singh Recognized for Research Innovation by the IEEE

Dr. Munindar Singh

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society recently awarded Dr. Munidar Singh the IEEE TCSVC Research Innovation Award for his contributions to services research and engineering systems of autonomous and heterogeneous parties via computational abstractions for business protocols, contracts, trust, and reputation. Read More »

CSC Student Jackie Sherman and ECE Student Win National Sales Engineering Competition

Congratulations to CSC student Jackie Sherman and ECE student Keerthana Prasad, who placed first in a National Sales Engineering Competition at the National Sales Engineering Conference (NSEC), which took place virtually over two weekends in October. At the conference, sales engineering students from across the nation came together to compete in a foundational technical sales competition. The NSEC, hosted by the National Society of Sales Engineers, also provided students with opportunities to hear from various keynote speakers, learn from workshops taught by professional sales engineers, and network with other students and professionals! Read More »

Not Your Typical Coding Class

CSC alumna and Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. Nicki Washington, a computer science professor at Duke University, is teaching a new and unique computer science course at Duke this fall that will focus on race, gender, and class within the world of computing, in order to change the “working environment” of the field. The course titled “Race, Gender, Class & Computing”, was originally scheduled for next spring, but accelerated to this fall given the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. Read More »

Machine Learning Predicts How Long Museum Visitors Will Engage With Exhibits

Museum ExhibitIn a proof-of-concept study, education and artificial intelligence researchers including Dr. Jonathan Rowe, co-author of the study and a research scientist in North Carolina State University’s Center for Educational Informatics (CEI), have demonstrated the use of a machine-learning model to predict how long individual museum visitors will engage with a given exhibit. The finding opens the door to a host of new work on improving user engagement with informal learning tools. Read More »

Red and White Week

Soon the University community will gather virtually for Red and White Week, our annual homecoming celebration. While time-honored traditions will take a different shape this year, no matter where we are, we are united through our shared love of NC State. Read More »

Why Young STEM Researchers are Calling for Paid Family Leave

The gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs is nothing new – women are significantly underrepresented. A group of young scientists and engineers has stepped outside of their discipline to publish a policy memo aimed at helping to address this longstanding problem. The authors, all of whom are graduate students at NC State, focus specifically on paid family leave for new parents – which they argue would help retain more women in the STEM workforce. Their paper, “Paid Family Leave to Strengthen the STEM Workforce,” is published open access in the Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG). Read More »

Williams and Collaborators Win the Most Influential Paper Award at 2020 IEEE ICST Conference

Dr. Laurie WilliamsDistinguished Professor Dr. Laurie Williams, alongside fellow researchers Thomas Zimmermann and Nachiappan Nagappan, recently won the Most Influential Paper Award at the 13th IEEE International Conference on Software Testing (ICST), Validation and Verification. Williams' papers have influenced many other researchers to study this topic and remain the most cited in VPM. The influence was recognized in 2020 by an ICST Test of Time award for her 2010 paper on VPM with Microsoft. Read More »

Kenan Fellows Take STEM Education to the Next Level

Today’s children are future problem-solvers, innovators and groundbreakers. Early exposure to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) prepares them for the real, complex challenges of our evolving world. Investing in their future success means investing in teachers now. The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership brings together educators across North Carolina for an immersive experience in STEM fields. It’s part of the Kenan Institute on NC State University’s Centennial Campus, which promotes the state’s economic development by creating partnerships between public and private organizations. Read More »

Select Departmental Gifts & Support

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

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

Lowes has donated $5,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

Cisco has donated $5,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program and $250,000 in support of the department’s Cybersecurity Initiative.

Duke Energy has donated $5,000 to the department in support of the Sr Design Center.

Skyward Federal has donated $5,000 to the department in support of the Sr Design Center.

Secmation has donated $5,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program.

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

LexisNexis has awarded Dr. Tim Menzies $47,082 in support of his project entitled “SMOKE (anyone can see the fire, but when can you notice the smoke?)”, which builds on research related to industrial scale text mining data, looking for predictors for significant business events.

IBM has awarded Dr. Tim Menzies a 2020 IBM Global University Program Academic Award valued at $40,000 to support his teaching and research efforts.

CSC Wolf Bytes

The department was saddened to learn of the passing of Larry Randall McMaster (BS CSC 1972), a member of one of our earliest graduating classes. Read More »

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 2020-21 academic year by ePartner BCBS of NC, Lowes Home Improvement and VMware