North Dakota State University announced it has received a $25 million gift from electrical engineering alumnus Richard Offerdahl, BS ’65 electrical engineering, to support its new Center for Engineering and Computational Sciences. The gift was celebrated at a special event at the Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 16. In exchange for the historic gift, NDSU will request the entire engineering complex of buildings — new and some existing — to be named in Richard’s honor, pending State Board of Higher Education approval.
“The state of North Dakota and NDSU made a big investment in me some 50 years ago, so it was time to return the favor … I figured putting it toward the education of future students was a good investment,” Richard said. “I think it will pay off; the engineers educated here in the coming years will move the world forward.”
The gift is the largest in history to directly support the College of Engineering at NDSU. In addition, it is the single largest gift in school history to support a building project on campus, whether academic or athletic. The formal name will be the Richard Offerdahl ’65 Engineering Complex.
Richard’s monumental gift to NDSU will supercharge the construction timeline and accelerate development of a strong pipeline of engineers who will drive societal advancements; critical program growth related to artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, precision agriculture, data science, energy stewardship, advanced infrastructure, manufacturing, and robotics; and a transformative educational experience. Read more
Drive onwards with your team as you plan out each turn! Prove to your fellow competitors that you intend to deliver your team to certain victory! That was the theme of this year’s Byte-le Royale, hosted by the NDSU student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The 12-hour programming competition challenges competitors in teams of up to 3 to write an AI to play a video game and compete against each other to see who can create the best AI.
The team of Amanda Fetzer, Carson Miller, and Dylan Cooksley took first place; Adam Altendorf, Enoch Satrom, and Christopher Tupper took second; and the team of Brennan Gerstner, Matthew Kurtti, Elizabeth Gylden, Skyler Skees, and Annwesha Das took third.
The ACM has been hosting the event since 2018 with the initial computational infrastructure built by computer science alum Jordan Goetze. The AI competition is a very well kept secret each year, which means that the objective and structure of the each year’s game are not revealed until the day of the event. You can learn more about the competition, including previous gameplay at the ACM website.
Zia Muhammad, a cybersecurity doctoral student at NDSU, recently was interviewed by Cybernews Academy about his academic journey, his appreciation for NDSU and how his growing interest in cybersecurity blossomed into an extensive educational journey.
Muhammad highlighted the importance of assessing his options before committing to a doctoral program. Eventually, Muhammad found NDSU’s cybersecurity program largely because of the talented faculty. Muhammad found a research professor whose work aligned with his interests, and he began working alongside faculty members, researching generative artificial intelligence. Read more