News Archive 2018

Dr Lu Liu featured in NDSU's Office of Research and Creative Activity's RCA update

December 10, 2018

What are your primary research and scholarly interests?
Bioinformatics, Data Mining, Machine Learning and Computational Biology.

Where are you from and where did you pursue your education?
I am from China and I received my Ph.D. from the University of Texas at San Antonio. 

What excites you about NDSU?
Research and collaboration opportunities. 

What motivates you?
My family.

NDSU hosts 2018 ICPC north central NA regional programming competition.

November 3, 2018
NDSU was a site host for the 2018 International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC).  Twenty-seven teams from North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota. Minnesota State University Moorhead, Concordia College, and University of Minnesota Morris attended the five hour event.

Site Results:Regional Results:
1 - North Dakota State University
2 - University of North Dakota
3 - University of Minnesota Morris

1 - South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
2 - University of Nebraska Lincoln
3 - University of Wisconsin Madison

Computer science adviser recognized at an NDSU men’s basketball game.

February 27, 2018
Joan Krush, Adviser/Lecturer in Computer Science was recognized recently at an NDSU Men’s Basketball game. She was nominated as someone who “makes a difference” in student-athlete’s undergraduate experience. Joan was nominated by student-athlete Jordan Meidinger, a sophomore Computer Science major.

NDSU Takes Second Place in the 2018 Digi-Key Programming Contest.

The NDSU team of Riley Conlin, Ajay Brown, & Chris Bernard with Anne Denton as Academic Advisor took second place at the annual Digi-Key programming contest in Thief River Falls, MN.

Computer Science alumni publishes fifth book

NDSU Computer Science alumni, Annette Godtland (Schauer) publishes her fifth book: Do-It-Yourself Multiplayer Java Games: An Introduction to Java Sockets and Internet-Based Games.  This is the fourth book of her Do-It-Yourself Java Games series of books in which she teaches computer programming through writing computer games..  A press release for the book can be found here.

Annette graduated from NDSU in 1980 and have lived in Rochester, MN, ever since.  I worked as a computer programmer at IBM for 20 years, then at Kingland Systems Corporation for 5 years, before I retired to pursue my own programming interests.  In 2004 I started my own company, Godtland Software Corporation, through which I sell some of my own programs on my Web site, In 2010 I wrote a book about writing and selling software on the Internet. In 2013 I started writing books that teach computer programming through creating games.

She has previously published four other books: Do-It-Yourself Java Games: An Introduction to Java Computer Programming, More Do-It-Yourself Java Games: An Introduction to Java Graphics and Event-Driven Programming, Advanced Do-It-Yourself Java Games: An Introduction to Java Threads and Animated Video Games, and This Little Program Went to Market: Create, Deploy, Distribute, Sell, and Market Software and More on the Internet at Little or No Cost to You.

WDAY Interviews Kendall E. Nygard, Kelvin Boatey

WDAY interviewed Computer Science Department Professor, Kendall E. Nygard and undergraduate student Kelvin Boatey regarding cybersecurity education at NDSU.  The segment discussed the ongoing need for cybersecurity professionals, given the magnitude of recent attacks and stated that "NDSU has quite the pool to pull from, and Bison computer science students more than prepared to answer the call."

Valley News Live Interviews Miller, Straub on 'App Based' Digital Parenting

Computer Science freshman Lucas Miller and Asst. Prof. Jeremy Straub were recently interviewed by Valley News Live regarding the use of an app that can help parents track their kids' activities online. Check out the news report here.

Computer Science Undergraduate Meets Governor at Drone Focus

Computer Science undergraduate student Nick Snell got the opportunity to briefly meet Gov. Burgum and tell him about the drone business that he and three other NDSU students are starting. Burgum was speaking at the Drone Focus conference in Fargo today, which Nick was attending.

Computer Science Lecture Receives Ambassadors Excellence Award

Dr Otto Borchert, a lecturer in the Computer Science Department, received the Ambassadors Excellence Award! The award was presented at the College of Science and Mathematics Honor's Day event.

Computer Science students help motorists in flipped car

Valley News Live reported on several NDSU Computer Science students who aided a motorist in a flipped car in Wyoming. Terrance Hanlon, Nicholas Snell and Richard Frisch were mentioned in the report.  Read the report here.

Student Interviewed by WDAY Regarding Cybersecurity

NDSU Computer Science freshman Michael Gibbons and Asst. Prof. Jeremy Straub were interviewed by WDAY to give advise to the public regarding an ongoing Facebook scam.  Check out the news story here.

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.

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