CSC News

May 17, 2006

Four Department Icons to Retire

The faculty and staff of the Department of Computer Science at NC State University wish to extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation to the following individuals who are retiring this academic year:
Dr. Edward Davis, PE
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Dr. Davis received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1972. Prior to joining NC State University in 1978, he was with Goodyear Aerospace Corporation and the University of Florida. At NC State, Dr. Davis has served in a number of roles, including that of Director of Undergraduate Programs (1993–1997), Director of Graduate Programs (1998–2003), and Associate Department Head (2000–2003). Dr. Davis' research interests are in computer organization and architecture, with emphasis on highly parallel processing. He has received a number of awards and recognitions, including the NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers award, “Best Lecturer” award, and “Best Classroom Presentation” award.
Dr. Robert Funderlic
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Dr. Funderlic received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in 1970 under the direction of Professor Alston Householder. Prior to joining NC State University in 1986, he worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Funderlic served as the Computer Science department head from 1986 to 1992. He was an NC State Faculty Senator from 1998 to 2000. Dr. Funderlic's main interests lie in the design, implementation and analysis of numerical linear algebra algorithms for high performance computing. He has received a number of honors and recognitions including the College of Engineering’s G.H. Blessis Undergraduate Advisor award, and ACM/AITP’s “Most Helpful Outside of Class” and “Outstanding Service” awards.
Joyce Hatch
Director of Advising and Lecturer
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Ms. Joyce Hatch received her M.Ed. in Math Education from NC State University in 1975. She joined the department in 1975 and has since held a number of prominent positions including that of Assistant Department Head (1984–93), Director of Undergraduate Programs (1988–93), and Director of Undergraduate Advising (1993–2006). She has received numerous accolades. To honor her for her 30 years of outstanding service, a grassroots alumni effort has been launched to create a named scholarship endowment in her honor. A special "Joyce Hatch Retirement" web page has been established which details the endowment plans, offers visitors an opportunity to read and share their favorite "Joyce Hatch Memories," and provides dates and info on special events. For more information, see
Dr. David F. McAllister
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Dr. McAllister received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972.  Dr. McAllister joined NC State University in the same year. He served in the department in numerous roles. This includes service as the department’s Director of Graduate Programs (19791985) and as an NC State University Faculty Senator (20002001). Dr. McAllister’s research interests encompass a wide range of fields—from computer graphics to 3D display technology, to software reliability and fault-tolerance, to performance evaluation, to voice processing and speaker identification, to electronic publishing, to numerical analysis. Dr. McAllister is also an accomplished jazz piano player and still plays in several bands. He is a member of a number of professional organizations, serves on editorial boards of several professional journals, and has received a number of awards and recognitions.
Please join us in celebrating the incredible achievements of these departmental icons, and in recognizing them for their outstanding service to our department, NC State University, and the state of North Carolina.

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