Computer Science 1998 Graduate Chad Casselman, a former lecturer and current teaching associate at CCU, was recently profiled by Coastal Magazine. The article is excerpted below.

For Love and Money: faculty alumnus creates scholarship


Professor Chad Casselman Chad Casselman ’98 doesn’t exactly look the part of a successful business entrepreneur. He occupies one of a row of faculty offices in the Coastal Science Center, where he works as a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science. He wears jeans and T-shirts (the one he wears today quips “We never really grow up we only learn how to act in public”), and his desk is adorned with assorted brain teasing puzzles and nerdy toys, including a plastic Brain from Pinky and the Brain fame.

“I went two days without food to buy this Pinky when I was in grad school,” says Casselman, who is doing well enough now that he recently gave $30,000 to CCU to establish a scholarship for students majoring in computer science and information systems.

Creating a scholarship at CCU is something he decided to do back when he first started earning money in his career.

“When I was at Coastal I was on a ton of small scholarships,” says Casselman, who was born in Andrews, grew up in Myrtle Beach and graduated from Socastee High School. “My mother and I were making it on $11,000 a year and living at Lakewood Campground. I wouldn’t have anything today without those scholarships.”

After graduating from CCU in 1998 with a degree in computer science and a minor in math, Casselman earned his master’s degree at N.C. State in 2000 and worked as a software consultant before returning to teach at CCU six years ago. His “side” businesses are the source of his financial success, however. When he was still an undergraduate, he started Casselware, a software development company. In November 2011, he and two partners founded JVZoo, an online marketplace for sellers of information products, and the company has become highly profitable.

Teaching, however, is clearly where Casselman’s heart is. “Nothing can compare with the opportunity to positively change a person’s life forever,” he says. “I keep explaining to my partners: This is what I want to do when I retire, and I’m already doing it!”

2011 CSCI graduate Patrick Doring was recently profiled as part of the yearlong "CCU Family" series, which recognizes outstanding students and alumni of CCU. Patrick now lives in Seattle, Washington, where he works as as a software engineer for Amazon.

You can read Patrick's feature by clicking on the link below.

CCU Family Presents Patrick Doring

INFSY student and CS department tutor Jasmine McCray was recently profiled as part of the yearlong "CCU Family" series, which recognizes outstanding students and alumni of CCU.

You can read Jasmine's feature by clicking on the link below.

CCU Family Presents Jasmine McCray

CCU Computer Science 2014 Graduate, Brian Atkinson, Receives Outstanding Student Award at the New Mexico Consortium / Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

January 26, 2015, Los Alamos, NM -- The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) is proud to announce the winner of the 2015 Outstanding Student Achievement Award: Brian Atkinson who worked at NMC's Ultrascale Systems Research Center (USRC) in the summer of 2014 under the mentorship of Dr. Nathan DeBardeleben (LANL, High Performance Computing and USRC lead) and Dr. Qiang Guan (NMC/LANL postdoc).

Atkinson collaborated with Dr. Robert Robey (LANL, Eulerian Codes) on studying the soft error vulnerability of the hydrodynamics code, CLAMR. CLAMR is a software program that solves the shallow water equations and utilizes an adaptive mesh. It is a complex program that utilizes CPUs, GPGPUs, and multiple compute nodes in parallel to run on a supercomputer. Soft errors are a problem as technology scales and supercomputers continue to grow even larger in size. Therefore, understanding how important codes are vulnerable to these effects is important to planning.

Atkinson evaluated the sensitivity of CLAMR using the software fault injector, F-SEFI, built at USRC over the past several years by Dr. Qiang Guan and Dr. Nathan DeBardeleben. He then developed resilience techniques and implemented them in CLAMR to allow the code to be tolerant to faults. Then, this new, improved software was once again evaluated to quantify its new resiliency. In this way, Atkinson was able to develop techniques and provide quantitative, empirical results on ways to improve the tolerance of CLAMR. Since then, these techniques have been influencing the design of other software packages as LANL prepares for the next decade of supercomputing and the need for more fault-tolerant algorithms. Brian’s work culminated in a poster presentation the 2014 Supercomputing Conference as well as the publication of a scholarly article at the 2014 IEEE ISSRE conference.

Previously, Atkinson graduated in May 2014 from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and minor concentration in applied mathematics. The year he graduated from Coastal, he was also the designated as the outstanding Computer Science graduate of the year. Currently, Atkinson is a graduate student at Clemson University in the Department of Electrical and Computing Engineering and is pursuing a Masters of Science in Computer Engineering with Dr. Walter Ligon in the Parallel Architecture Laboratory. The NMC is proud to offer encouragement and support to an outstanding student such as Brian for his unique contributions, skills and initiative.

About the New Mexico Consortium
The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) is an innovative effort to engage universities and industry in scientific research in the nation's interest and to increase the role of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in science, education and economic development. This non-profit corporation formed by the three New Mexico research universities focuses on facilitating collaborations at the Laboratory interface.

The NMC leverages capabilities at LANL, universities and industry and provides agile and accountable operations to execute joint initiatives. The NMC develops and manages self-sustaining research facilities to support these joint initiatives. Through the NMC, the universities and LANL have developed more effective models to advance our nation''s interests and increase the impact of scientific research on the local and national economy.

The original NMC press release can be found here:

NMC/LANL Press Release

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