CSC News

July 07, 2011

Department Announces Faculty Additions

The NC State University Department of Computer Science is pleased to announce the addition of four new faculty members to our department for the fall 2011 semester: 

Dr. Randy Avent will join the department as a professor. He has a broad range of interests and has done research in many areas including Computer Science, Life Sciences and Electrical Engineering. His particular research interests are in defense analytics, which deals with unstructured and semi-structured data mining and exploitation. He currently serves as the chief scientist in the Office of Basic Research in the Office of Secretary of Defense.
Avent received his B.S. degree in Zoology from the University of North Carolina in 1980. He received an M.S. degree from North Carolina State University in Electrical Engineering in 1986, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina in Biomedical Engineering and Mathematics in 1984 and 1986, respectively. He is a senior member of the IEEE and chair of the IEEE Sensors Council, and has led several national panels in the areas of Computer Science, Cognitive Technology and Signal Processing. For more information on Avent, click here.
Dr. Kristy Boyer will join the department as an assistant professor. Her research interests include artificial intelligence and computational linguistics, with an emphasis on natural language dialogue. A primary goal of her research is to advance the state of the art in natural language tutorial dialogue systems by leveraging data-driven approaches. Her research efforts will expand the department's emphasis on clyberlearning technologies.
Boyer received her B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Valdosta State University in 1999. She received her M.S. in Applied Statistics from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2000, and her Ph.D. in Computer Science from NC State University in 2010. For more information on Boyer, click here.
Dr. William Enck will join the department as an assistant professor. His expertise is in systems security, with a focus on the design, optimization, and measurement of security for operating systems, specifically on mobile phones, and the complex environments in which they operate. His recent research identified privacy problems in popular smartphone applications and received international press coverage. While Enck's primary interests lie in mobile operating systems security, his interests more broadly cover systems security. His past research efforts have included telecommunications security, access control mechanisms in operating systems, hardware security, voting systems security, network security, and large-scale network configuration.
Enck received his B.S degree in Computer Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 2004; and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from Penn State in 2006 and 2011, respectively. For more information on Enck, click here.
 Dr. David Sturgill will join the department as a teaching assistant professor. His primary research interest is in parallel computation and competitive learning in computer science.  For the last three years, Sturgill has been serving as director of the ICPC Challenge, a program vs. program competition among world finalist teams in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest and withing with programmers from around the world.  
Sturgill received his B.S degree from the University of South Carolina in Computer Science and Math in 1989. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University in 1993 and 1996, respectively. For more information on Sturgill, click here.
Please join us in welcoming these faculty members to our department.


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