Open Lab Joins New Institute

April 21st, 2007

After nine years of successful operation, the Open Courseware Laboratory has been incorporated into the newly created Institute for Advanced Analytics under the direction of Dr. Michael Rappa. The lab will continue to operate as a unit of the Institute, and to help fulfill its mission by providing network and web development support.

Alex to attend NYU Law School

June 15th, 2006

Congratulations to Alex Yacoub on his decision to attend the New York University Law School this fall!

John attends USENIX Conference

June 15th, 2006

Congratulations to John Jernigan, who received a $1500 grant to attend the USENIX Annual Technical Conference held in Boston, May 30-June 3, 2006.

Summer Internship Appointments

June 15th, 2006

Jordan O’Mara has taken up a summer internship with Red Hat on NC State’s Centennial Campus… Melih Onvural is an intern with IBM’s Extreme Blue program in San Jose, California… Eric Larsen is an intern with IBM in Research Triangle Park, NC… Chris Moody is an intern with SAS in Cary, NC.

Meeta passes Ph.D. prelim

May 2nd, 2006

Congratulations to Meeta Yadav Meeta Yadavupon successfully defending of her written and oral preliminary exam and thereby accomplishing the next step toward completing her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Gertude Cox Award citations for Smith and Williams

February 25th, 2006

Congratulations to Cox Award PresentationSarah Smith and Dr. Laurie Williams, who were nominees for the 2005 Gertrude Cox Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology, and were recognized this week by Provost Larry Nielsen for their work on the OpenSeminar in Software Engineering. The Cox Award honors the creative pedagogy of NC State’s faculty and technical staff and their work in integrating new technologies into effective teaching strategies. Thanks also to the Open Lab team for their tireless efforts to develop the OpenSeminar platform.

Sarah Smith wins IBM Fellowship

February 12th, 2006

Please join me in congratulating Sarah SmithSarah Smith (Ph.D. student, Computer Science), who has been awarded a doctoral fellowship by IBM.

New team member

February 12th, 2006

Please welcome Eric LarsenEric Larsen (BS ‘07, Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering), who joined the Open Lab technical staff to work on programming and network infrastructure tasks.

Congratulations to Nik and Meeta!

January 19th, 2006

Meeta and NikPlease join me in sending our warmest best wishes to Meeta and Nik, who were married in a magnificient celebration in India on January 1. Wow!

New team member

January 18th, 2006

Please welcome Chris MoodyChris Moody (MBA ‘07), who joined the Open Lab to work on Wordpress site design and development.

Martin meets Sergey

November 15th, 2005

martin and sergeyLab alum and now Stanford graduate student, Martin Davidsson recently met Sergey Brin when the Google founder took time to visit with Stanford computer science students during a fall semester mixer.

Sarah publishes in Educause Review

October 16th, 2005

Sarah Smith and her co-author Anthony Potoczniak (Rice University) offer their perspectives about how various technologies can be used successfully in classroom settings to improve learning through connectivity in Five Points of Connectivity, Educause Review, (Volume 40, Number 5), 2005.

Martin heads west

October 13th, 2005

martinMartin Davidsson is now settled in Palo Alto, California, and has begun studies as a master’s student in computer science at Stanford. You can follow Martin’s west coast exploits on his Flickr photostream.

Jordan arrives at Universty College Cork

September 29th, 2005

Our colleague, Jordan O’Mara, is on-leave this semester while pursuing his studies at University College Cork in Ireland. You can follow Jordan’s overseas adventures at his web site,

Nik accepts full-time position at IBM

September 19th, 2005

Nik Vouk has accepted an offer to join our friends at IBM Tivoli in Research Triangle Park as a full-time software developer. Please join me in congratulating Nik, and thanking him for his many significant contributions to the Open Lab over the years.

Podcasting begins!

August 28th, 2005

The Open Lab has begun to support podcasts. Professor Michael Rappa became one the first NCSU instructors to enter the world of podcasting with his audio guides to Managing the Digital Enterprise, provided free to the public over the Internet. To receive each podcast, you can subscribe to using an audio application such as iTunes.

ChannelAdvisor visit

June 2nd, 2005

Ralph Kasuba, VP of Operations for ChannelAdvisor visited the lab to discuss student internships and projects.

Educause presentation

May 31st, 2005

Dr. Rappa and Sarah Smith delivered a virtual presentation to the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. EDUCAUSE is currently evaluating OpenSeminar for use as part of it’s on-going programs in online education.

Teaching Award

May 20th, 2005

Dr. Rappa received the 2005 Teaching Excellence Award for Graduate Teaching from the NCSU College of Management. Dr. Rappa teaches a innovative web-based course called “Managing the Digital Enterprise”, which has won numerous awards since its inception in 1999. The course enrolls approximately 40 students each semester and has been completed by 550 students in total. The web site for the course, which is hosted by the Lab, is considered by many to be the premiere open courseware site on e-commerce and is used as a resource to teach the subject by over 500 university instructors worldwide. Thanks to the Lab staff for all of their hard work!

Nik joins IBM

May 18th, 2005

Congratulations to Nikola Vouk, who has accepted a summer internship with the IBM Tivoli Performance & Automation group.

Graduating students

May 14th, 2005

Congratulations to this semester’s graduating students, who include:

Alex Yacoub, a Franklin Scholar and Progress Energy Scholarship recipient, graduated summa cum laude in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Alex will continue at NCSU in 2005-06 to complete a second degree in philosophy before applying to law school.

Sarah Smith graduated with an MS in Computer Science and will continue in the doctoral program in the Fall working jointly with Dr. Laurie Williams and Dr. Rappa.

Nikola Vouk graduated with an MS in Computer Science and has begun work with IBM in Research Triangle. Nik’s thesis is entitled "Buddy Threading in Distributed Applications on Simultaneous Multi-Threading Processors, completed under the direction of Dr. Frank Mueller, Dr. Vincent Freeh and Dr. Rappa.

Ignacio Van Gelderen graduated with a B.S. in Business Management. He will begin studies in the MBA program at NCSU in the fall semester.

Meeta joins Qualcomm

May 2nd, 2005

Meeta Yadav (ECE, Ph.D. student) is currently working on a research internship with the Qualcomm Processor Solutions Design Center, where she is involved in the design low power processors for mobile phones. Her supervisors are Dr. Paul Franzon (ECE) and Dr. Rappa.

UNC TLT Conference

March 30th, 2005

Dr. Rappa presented a talk on OpenSeminar at the Annual UNC Conference on Teaching and Learning with Technology.

New team member

March 2nd, 2005

Please welcome our newest member to the Open Lab team, Danisha Edwards. “Nisha” is a freshman (First Year College) student and will assist Kathy with lab administration and finances.

IBM Faculty Award

February 18th, 2005

Dr. Rappa received a 2005 IBM Faculty Award, his third award in the last five years, in support of projects in the Lab. The award carries a stipend of $20,000.

Educause visit

December 21st, 2004

The Open Lab hosted a visit by Dr. Diana Oblinger, vice president of Educause, to discuss current projects in the lab.

Thesis Defense

December 20th, 2004

Congratulations to Nikola Vouk, who successfully defended his master’s thesis entitled “Buddy Threading in Distributed Applications on Simultaneous Multi-Threading Processors”.

Martin Davidsson graduates!

December 2nd, 2004

Congratulations to Martin Davidsson, who graduated valedictorian (department, college and university) with a BS in Computer Science. Martin will attend Stanford in September 2005 as a graduate student in Computer Science, becoming our third staff member to head to Palo Alto. During spring semester Martin will particpate in the IBM Extreme Blue internship program.

IBM University Day

October 15th, 2004

Drs. Laurie Williams and Michael Rappa gave a demonstration of OpenSeminar at the IBM University Day in Research Triangle.

New team member

October 9th, 2004

Please welcome our new research assistant Claudia Winegarden, a Ph.D. student in design to the Open Lab.

New team member

October 4th, 2004

Ignacio van Gelderen, an undergraduate in business management from Argentina, has join the Open Lab. Please welcome Ignacio to the team!

NSF Award

August 27th, 2004

The National Science Foundation has awarded a collaborative research grant to Drs. Annie Antón, David Baumer and Michael Rappa for their proposal “A comprehensive policy-driven framework for online privacy protection” for $534,000. The grant will support development of an OpenSeminar in Privacy.


June 3rd, 2004

Dr. Rappa has joined the LITRE advisory board. LITRE is an campus initiative to enrich the student learning environment with the use of technology.

IBM Innovation Award

January 2nd, 2004

Drs. Laurie William and Michael Rappa received an IBM Innovation Award for $25,000 in support of the OpenSeminar project.