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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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September 29, 2006

Image of Grid COmputingNew Global Grid Computing & Communications Technology Demonstrated

On September 11, 2006, researchers in the United States and Japan demonstrated "automated" interoperability between network and computing resources in two national grid computing research testbeds - the first such demonstration of this scale between two countries of new, integrated computing and communication technology that can be used to exponentially enhance next-generation Internet performance. more

Departmental Research Grants, Gifts, and Support

Super ePartner, Tekelec has given the department $27,000, as part of a larger support grant for both CSC and ECE. This funding will support the Senior Design Center, the ePartners Program, and the Women in Computer Science program.

The Prometheus Group has donated $2,000 to the department in support of the ePartners Program. We welcome Prometheus as our newest ePartner.

MCNC has provided Dr. Harry Perros an unrestricted $10,000 award to support his research efforts on EnLIGHTened Computing. Perros has also been selected to receive a 2006 IBM Faculty Award valued at $15,000, becoming the third CSC faculty member to be awarded one of these prestigious awards during the 2006-07 academic year. more

Thanks to Dr. Munindar Singh for making a generous donation to the Diversity in Computer Science Endowment. Total pledges to this endowment, which supports the attraction and retention of minorities and females to the field of computer science, is now at almost $77,000.

Dr. James Lester has partnered with researchers from NC State's College of Education to obtain funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) of $605,436 for their research proposal titled "Bayesian Pedagogical Agents for Dynamic High-Performance Inquiry-Based Science Learning Environments." more

Drs. George Rouskas and Rudra Dutta have collaborated with the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) to obtain funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) of $400,000 for their research proposal titled "NeTS-FIND: The SILO Architecture for Services Integration, Control, and Optimization for the Future Internet." more

Drs. Xiasong Ma and Vince Freeh have teamed with Dr. John Blondin (Physics) and received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) of $266,002 for their multi-disciplinary research proposal titled "Application-adaptive I/O Stack for Data-intensive Scientific Computing." more

Dr. Ben Watson has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) of $60,000 for his research proposal titled "Hyper-Resolution Rendering and Display." more

Dr. Mladen Vouk, head of the department of computer science at NC State University, is a co-PI involved a major research initiative which has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) of $511,512 for a research proposal titled "Markers of STEM Success (MOSS): An Eleven-Year Longitudinal Study of High Achieving Young Women's Interests, Experiences, and Preparation For STEM Careers." more

Dr. Laurie Williams has received funding from Nortel Networks of approximately $46,000 to support her research proposal titled "Hot Spot Identification and Test-Driven Development." The award will run from August 15, 2006 through December 31, 2007. more

Dr. Peng Ning has received funding from SRI International of approximately $80,000 to support his research proposal titled "Cyber-TA: NCSU: Large-Scale Privacy-Preserving Collaborative Intrusion Analysis." The award will run from July 1, 2006 through July 14, 2007. more

Drs. Peng Ning and Frank Mueller have received funding from the Army Research Office of $21,000 for their proposal titled "ARO Workshop on Security of Embedded Systems and Networks." The award will run from September 15, 2006 through September 14, 2007. more

Local SIM Event Raises Money for CSC Scholarships

The North Carolina Chapter of the Society for Information Management (NC-SIM) held a charity golf event recently to raise money for scholarship funds. At a reception after the event, a ceremonial check in the amount of $5,000 was presented to the department. Funds will provide for the renewal of two scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, to go to NC State CSC students, Kevin Herndon of Winston-Salem and Aaron Smith of Charlotte. more

Design Your FUture LogoNewsweek Ad to Run in October 9th Issue

If you live in one of the nation's top 20 markets, check out Newsweek magazine's October 9th issue, which will feature a special computer science advertising section. Our department will be represented in the section with a 1/6th page ad and a small descriptive paragraph. The ad, shown here, carries a "Design Your Future" theme, which will soon be featured in flash video on our main web page.

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

ePartner Career Connection Event Set for October 4th

Students - please mark your calendars as our annual ePartners Career Connection event is scheduled for ePartner Career Connection PhotoWednesday, October 4th from 10 am to 2:30 pm in the atrium and the main classroom hallway in the east (CSC) wing of EBII. This event, provided exclusively for CSC students and our valued ePartners, will feature representatives from Network Appliance, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Duke Energy, Tekelec, EMC, I-cubed, Vanguard, Itron, Prometheus Group, Progress Energy, and the NC Office of the State Auditor. Students are encouraged to bring their resumes and to be prepared to explore career opportunities ranging from part-time coop and intern roles to full-time new grad positions. 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 by September 30th and you will have VIP access to our Virtual Career Fair one week prior to the national launch.

University Adopts New All-Campus ID Regulations

The university has recently adopted a regulation that requires *ALL UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEES AND STUDENTS* to carry their All-Campus Card with them at all times while on campus. The new regulation can be found at

IBM Accessibility ODF Coding Challenge 2006

IBM accessibility Coding Challenege

Accessibility is all about eliminating barriers. Smart design that adheres to accessibility guidelines makes it easier for people with disabilities to use online applications. Through its "Accessibility ODF Coding Challenge 2006", Super ePartner, IBM invites undergraduate students to learn more about accessible information technology and to create code that uses OpenDocument Format (ODF) to help make technology more accessible to people with disabilities. Two grand prize winners per region will receive a Lenovo ThinkPad laptop and a trip to attend the March, 2007 California State University, Northridge Center on Disabilities' 22nd Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities conference in Los Angeles. Ten regional runners up will receive an iPod® Nano, and 200 students per region will receive an official contest t-shirt. Students can review contest start dates and rules, and register at:

CSC Faculty / Staff News

Dr. Annie Antón has been appointed by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff to serve on the DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. more

Congratulations to Dr. Ben Watson and his wife, Polly, who are the proud parents of a new baby boy - Henry Benjamin Watson, born September 5. Henry weighed 7 lb. 7 oz. and was 20 1/4" long. All are doing great.

We are sorry to report that department receptionist, Jenny Andrews, has resigned from the department. To fill this critical role, Carol Allen will be transferring from her previous administrative support role in the Undergraduate Advising Office. Temporary employee, Tari Ryan, will provide support for the Undergraduate Advising Office starting on September 29th.

We are very pleased to welcome Ms. Kristen Jeffers, who joins us as a part-time intern in the office of External Relations. Kristen, a junior majoring in communications here at NC State, will help us write news copy, feature stories, and alumni profiles.

CED's Tech 2006 Scheduled for October 11

Tech 2006 LogoInformation Technology entrepreneurs, executives and investors are encouraged to attend the Council for Entrepreneurial Development's Tech 2006 conference to explore the future of emerging and converging technologies that are reshaping today's hottest industries. Now in its 16th year, Tech 2006 will use a range of session formats - from nationally respected keynotes to smaller, interactive conversations - to incite conversations about technologies and products that will change the way we live, communicate, and think. Tech 2006 will showcase innovative technologies from entrepreneurial companies, university groups, corporations and research institutions; and unite the creators of exciting, novel technologies with the industry's top business influencers and creators. This year's event will be held on October 11th at the McKimmon Center on NC State's campus. Visit the conference web site for program details, registration and sponsorship information. The NCSU department of computer science and the ePartners Program are proud sponsors of this event, and we proudly recognize the CED as one of our valued corporate friends.

ISSA's Triangle InfoSeCon Scheduled for October 26

ISSA InfoSeCon LogoThe Raleigh chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is holding its annual computer security conference, Triangle InfoSeCon on Thursday, October 26th, 2006 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Cary, NC. Triangle InfoSeCon is a great opportunity to learn more about computer and network security. The conference includes valuable information for computer programmers, IT staff, computer security experts and executives responsible for security and compliance. The conference includes morning and lunchtime keynotes, four security tracks with sixteen presentations and 25 security vendor exhibits. Earlybird registration is available through October 11th. A special $10 student registration is available.

eNews Archive

In the News

Grants Geared to Making U.S. Safer, story mentions NCSU's DARPA Grande Challenge entry and quotes Dr. Bob Fornaro, News & Observer, by Tim Simmons, September 10, 2006

Majoring in IBM - Dissatisfied With Graduates, Companies Design and Fund Curricula at Universities, story focuses on how IBM is working with NCSU on the content of the new courses to ensure students have the in-demand skills to compete in a global economy, Wall Street Journal, by Anne Marie Chaker, September 12, 2006

Inside the Web: HowStuffWorks, story features alum and former faculty, Marshall Brain, and his HowStuffWorks web site; Pest Control Buzz Online Newsletter, by Mike Seuffert, Sep. 25

Upcoming Events

Oct 2 - Minority Career Fair - 1-7 PM in Reynolds Coliseum. This is the only non-college specific career fair on campus and one of the largest! (link)

Oct 3 - 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)

Oct 4 - ePartners Career Connection Event - 10 am - 2:30 PM in EB2. This popular recruiting event for computer science students is offered exclusively to our ePartners.

Oct 11 - CED's Tech 2006 - 9 am - 6 PM at NCSU's McKimmon Center.

Oct 21 - NCSU Open House

Oct 26 - ISSA's Triangle InfoSeCon - Cary Embassy Suites Hotel.

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 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.

Alumni News

Photo of William Weiss

William Weiss (BS '76), chairman & CEO of The Promar Group, and member of the department's Strategic Advisory Board, was recently appointed as vice chairman of the board of directors for VOCEL of San Diego, CA, and chosen as adviser to the CEO and board of directors at Picsel Technologies, a software company headquartered in Glasgow.

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

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