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Computer Science student featured in Fergus Falls Daily Journal
Chris Bernard was featured, today, in the Fergus Falls Daily Journal. Check out the article here.
NDSU Computer Science Receives 15% of New 2017 National Science Foundation Awards to North Dakota
The level of federal awards received is a key metric for departmental research productivity. The National Science Foundation is a lead – if not the principle – federal funding agency for most sciences, besides medicine. In 2017, the North Dakota State University Department of Computer Science received approximately 15% of all new NSF awards to North Dakota-based institutions. Investigators within the department were awarded $1.35 million of the $9.07 million awarded to institutions within the state.
Federal funding to universities, like NDSU, is used to support faculty research efforts that benefit society at large. It also benefits student researchers who receive employment, stipends and tuition payments from the grants.
“I am extremely proud of the recent successes of our Computer Science faculty members in securing grants from the National Science Foundation,” said NDSU Computer Science professor and department chairman Kendall E. Nygard. “Securing Federal grants is very difficult in today’s competitive environment. Our faculty members excel and are determined to succeed in research, particularly in application areas that serve our citizens.”
Research in the computational sciences serves to advance computing itself, through the development of new techniques and algorithms. In many cases, the research also advances an area of application, which benefits from the development and use of computing capabilities to solve a problem in this domain. In 2017, one such NSF award received by faculty within the department focused on the advancement of diabetes self-management for Native Americans.
“Shortly after I joined NDSU in 1977, I got an NSF grant and that was the first NSF grant in the history of Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences NSF grants at NDSU,” commented Nygard. “That award was for $19,970 and I purchased graphics terminals and developed instructional models using them. Now the department regularly receives much larger NSF awards. The prospects for continued success in the future are bright.”
Computer Science freshman featured in West Fargo Pioneer
NDSU Computer Science freshman Nicholas Snell was featured in the West Fargo Pioneer today. The article focused on Snell's work on a project to develop a website for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Read the article here.
Student featured in Cavalier, Grand Forks newspapers
Student featured in St. Peter newspaper
NDSU undergraduate student Lance Willet has been recently featured in the St. Peter Herald. Read the article here.
Women faculty, student make news for computer science department
During a year when gender inequity in computing fields made headlines, several women have enhanced NDSU’s leadership position in the discipline.
Anne Denton became the first female full professor in a research university computer science department in North Dakota. Juan Li, associate professor of computer science, was awarded one of the largest grants in the department’s history. And graduate student Chengyao Tang made headlines when she led the university in a cybersecurity competition.
Denton’s accomplishment of reaching the highest faculty rank is seen as an inspiration for all faculty. To achieve the distinction, Denton has, among other accomplishments, published more than 30 peer-reviewed journal publications and 25 conference papers. Computing competition teams she coaches also have gained attention this year, winning at numerous events.
“Anne Denton is applying data analysis methods to sustainability and climate change issues and agriculture,” said Kendall E. Nygard, professor and chair of computer science. “This is an important cause of our time. She is among the very best at what she does.”
Li, along with co-principal investigators Jun Kong, Siobhan Wescott and Donald Warne, received nearly $990,000 in National Science Foundation funding to study the important public health topic of American Indian diabetes self-management. The goal of the project is to develop an integrated, accessible, cost-effective solution for improved diabetes self-management and social networking for American Indian patients. The grant number is 1722913.
“Drs. Juan Li and Jun Kong have shown great diligence and persistence in attracting funding for their important research programs. It’s gratifying that their efforts and expertise are affirmed with this grant,” Nygard said. “It leverages the research expertise that we have in the department and establishes a powerful partnership with researchers in the health professions application area.”
In NDSU’s first year in the National Cyber League cybersecurity competition, Tang took the top spot at NDSU – and was in the top 15 percent of entrants nationally. The only woman on the team, she showed that NDSU is an emerging leader in the area of cybersecurity.
“Chengyao’s accomplishment – ranking among the top students nationwide during her first year of competition – is impressive,” said Jeremy Straub, assistant professor of computer science, who coached the NDSU team. “Given the extraordinarily male-dominated nature of the cybersecurity field, the accomplishment is all the more notable.”
Student featured in Brainerd Newspaper
NDSU Undergraduate Peter Wells has been recently featured in the Brainerd Dispatch. Read the article here.
KVRR Reports on Student Projects
News station KVRR visited NDSU's Quentin Burdick Building to view student projects related to cyber-physical system cybersecurity. They interviewed NDSU students Joe Billstrom and Mitchell Fokken and Asst. Prof. Jeremy Straub. View the report here.
KVRR Reports on Net Neutrality
KVRR visited NDSU as part of a report on Net Neutrality. They interviewed Asst. Prof. Jeremy Straub, who explained the concept to viewers in a clip on Tuesday's evening news. Watch the story here.
Computer Science undergrads in the news
According to the Jamestown Sun, NDSU Computer Science undergrads Cody Elhard, Nicholas Snell, Devante Bell and Terrance Hanlon have a "jet powered future." The Sun -- along with the Detroit Lakes Tribune -- featured the work of the four undergrads on a project for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The students are developing a system that will help other students around the country interact with literal rocket scientists at the NASA facility responsible for the Voyager spacecraft and Curiosity rover.
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