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Below is department related news, gathered from a variety of sources across campus, provided monthly for alumni, students, and friends of the Department of Computer Science at NC State University.

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September 30, 2008

Achieved! NC State Shatters Fundraising Records with $1.37 Billion Campaign

Achieve! The Campaign for NC State wrapped up its seven-year fund-raising effort with a record-breaking achievement. With every donation tallied, Achieve! stands as the most successful capital campaign ever conducted by the university, and places NC State among an elite group of colleges and universities that have raised more than $1 billion. more / video

Big Changes on Campus

In the seven years since the Achieve! campaign began, the NC State campus has undergone a quiet – well, not always quiet – transformation. As donors opened their hearts to NC State, the university put their gifts to work, building and renovating facilities across campus to spur research, support the arts and athletics, enhance learning, and serve families and communities. more

Lilly & Galloway Win Prestigious Cisco Scholarships

Congratulations to incoming freshmen Jessica Lilly and Kamar Galloway, who have been selected by Cisco Systems as NC State’s 2008-09 recipients of the Cisco Internet Generation Scholarship (CIGS). more

Students Recognized at STARS Alliance Conference

Congratulations to computer science students Jennifer Robison, Joseph Grafsgaard, Jonathan Rowe and Jarred DeVaughn-Brown who were recognized for their work at the Students & Technology in Academia, Research and Service (STARS) Alliance Celebration at Auburn University in August. more

Croatian Artist Donates Algorithmic Artwork to Department

Photo of ArtworkStudents and visitors to the east wing of EB2, the home of NC State’s Department of Computer Science, will notice many facilities-related enhancements made over the summer months. Most notable is the addition of a visually striking series of four limited edition prints donated to the department by Croatian artist, Dr. Vlatko Ceric. more

College of Engineering Climbs in U.S. News Undergraduate Rankings

The College of Engineering at North Carolina State University ranked 28th among the nation's engineering schools in the most recent rankings of undergraduate programs published by U.S. News & World Report. The College ranked 29th last year. Among public colleges of engineering the College ranked 16th, up from 17th last year. Among Atlantic Coast Conference schools, NC State's College of Engineering ranked fifth. more

CoE Alumnus takes over top post in Iraq

Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, an NC State engineering alumnus, succeeded Gen. David Petraeus Tuesday as the top U.S. military commander in Iraq. Odierno, who received his master’s degree in nuclear engineering from NC State in 1986, had previously been the No. 2 commander in Iraq. more

Goodnight Scholarships Help Middle-Income Students

While a college degree brings an economic dividend that nearly doubles the income of young adults, paying for college sometimes places an economic burden on families. North Carolina State University is one of the first public universities in the nation to offer a measure of relief to students from middle-income families. The Goodnight Scholarship Program – funded by a gift from Dr. Jim and Ann Goodnight – will underwrite the cost of tuition and fees beginning this fall for 25 incoming freshmen students from North Carolina. That number will increase to 50 next year and each year thereafter. The scholarships support the students as long as they qualify for renewal and continue with their studies. By the fifth year of the program, the Goodnight Scholarships will cover 200 students at a cost of about $1 million per year. more

NC State Aims to Develop 'Internet for Energy' at New NSF Engineering Research Center

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced recently that North Carolina State University will lead a national research center that aims to revolutionize the nation's power grid and speed renewable electric-energy technologies into every home and business. more

Campus Recognized for Event, Hospitality Efforts

The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau presented its most prestigious award to NC State University at the bureau's annual awards luncheon on Monday, Sept. 8. more

Fidelity Investments "Leadership in Technology" Series Presents Jim Davis

Photo of Jim DavisPlease join us on October 14th at 6 pm in Lecture Hall 1231 EBII for our next fall talk in the Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Executive Speakers Series. Our special guest speaker will be Jim Davis, Sr. VP & Chief Marketing Officer for SAS Institute. Davis, an alum of the NC State Department of Computer Science, is responsible for providing strategic direction for SAS products, solutions and services and presenting the SAS brand worldwide. Additionally, he oversees a number of operational units including Publications, Education, SAS OnDemand hosting, and Alliances and Channels. His talk topic will be “Executive Insights”. more

Departmental Research Grants, Gifts, and Support

Northrop Grumman has donated $15,000 to the department to support of the Sr. Design Center and multiple scholarship awards.

Red Hat has donated $7,500 in support of the department and the ePartners Program.

Google has donated $3,000 to the department in support of the ISSRE 2008.

WRAL and Capitol Broadcasting Company have donated $5,000 to the department in support of the Sr. Design Center Program.

The Kangaroo / Pantry has donated $2,500 in support of the Sr. Design Center’s spring “Posters & Pies” event and the department’s ePartners Program.

Centennial Campus neighbor, The Prometheus Group has donated $2,500 in support of department’s annual Welcome Back Bash and ePartners Program.

NVIDIA has donated 18 GeForce GTX 280 cards, 2 GeForce 9800 GX2 cards to Dr. Frank Mueller, valued at $8,340.  The equipment will be used to build a cluster for academic general-purpose GPU programming exploiting Nvidia's CUDA SDK.

Dr. Douglas Reeves, professor of computer science, has been awarded $268,510 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his research proposal titled “The Origin of the Code: Automated Identification of Common Characteristics in Malware.” more

Dr. Peng Ning, associate professor of computer science, has been awarded $50,000 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his collaborative research proposal titled “A Resilient Real-Time System For a Secure and Reconfigurable Power Grid.” more

UT Battelle / Oak Ridge National Lab has provided supplemental funding of $59,833 to extend their joint support of the work being performed by Dr. Xiaosong Ma through August 15, 2009. Specifically, this supports collaborative research on high performance I/O, high performance sequence search, scientific Data management, and RAS (Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability) for Terascale Computing projects within the Computer Science and Mathematics Division at ORNL.

Dr. Frank Mueller, associate professor of computer science, has been awarded $150,000 by the US DoE to support his research proposal titled “Reliability, Availability and Serviceability (RAS) for Petascale High-End Computing and Beyond.” more

Dr. Munindar Singh, professor of computer science, has been awarded supplemental funding in the amount of $44,345 by the Joint Oceanographic Institutions (through the University of California at San Diego) to support his research proposal titled “Policy-Based Governance for the OOI Cyberinfrastructure.” more

Dr. Tao Xie, assistant professor of computer science, has been awarded $300,000 by the Army Research Office to support his research proposal titled “Mining Program Source Code for Improving Software Quality.” more  Xie has also been awarded supplemental funding in the amount of $33,275 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his research proposal titled “Collaborative Research: New Approach to Testing and Verification of Security Policies.” more

Dr. Xuxian Jiang, assistant professor of computer science, has been awarded $50,000 by the US Air Force Research Laboratory (through Purdue University) to support his research proposal titled “Process Coloring: An Information Flow-Preserving Approach to Malware Investigation.” more

CSC Faculty / Staff News

Dr. Annie Antón, professor of computer science, will be a featured speaker on October 31st at the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Science Dean's Lecture Series at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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