CSC News

November 14, 2008

Computer Science Ph.D. Graduates Sweep CoE Dissertation Awards

Congratulations to recent computer science doctoral graduates, Drs. Claris Castillo and Nirmit Desai, who won both College of Engineering Graduate School Dissertation awards, sponsored by NC State and selected by a panel of University-distinguished graduate professors.

The Thesis and Dissertation Award program is designed to reward outstanding scholarly research and to demonstrate the positive impact of graduate-level research on both the North Carolina economy and the quality of life for its people.

Castillo, who graduated in August, won the award for her dissertation titled, “On the Design of Efficient Resource Allocation Mechanisms for Grids.” Desai, who graduated in May, won the award for his dissertation titled, “Interorganizational Business Interactions:  Contracts, Process, Evolution.”

The Graduate School Dissertation awards are competitive at both the college and University level at NC State, as each department of each college may submit up to two nominations for two college-level awards.

“The fact that [the department of computer science] swept the college-level awards attests to the quality of the research carried out within our department,” said Dr. George Rouskas, professor of computer science and co-advisor of Castillo.

In addition to the thesis and dissertation award, Castillo was selected as the NC State nominee for the Council of Graduate Schools/UMI Distinguished Dissertation award, an international competition, in the fields of mathematics, physical sciences and engineering. The outcome of this award has not yet been determined.


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