Department inducts three new members to the Alumni Hall of Fame

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland is pleased to announce that Jagdeep Singh (BS, 1986), Qiang Yang (PhD, 1989) and Rajiv Gandhi (PhD, 2003) will be inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame in May of 2017.

Jagdeep Singh

Mr. Singh is co-founder and CEO of QuantumScape Corporation, a startup working on a fundamental disruption in the energy storage sector.  Prior to founding QuantumScape, Jagdeep was cofounder and CEO of Infinera Corp (NASDAQ:  INFN), developer of the world’s first large-scale photonic integrated circuits and optical transmission systems based on these chips.  At Infinera, he led the company to the number one market share position in North America shortly after commencing shipments, and took the company public in an IPO valued at over $1 billion.  Prior to founding Infinera, Singh was the founder and CEO of Lightera Networks, an optical switch company subsequently acquired by CIENA Corp.  Lightera’s flagship product, the Core Director went on to generate over $1 billion in revenues with top telecom carriers around the world.  He was also the founder and CEO of OnFiber, and optical telecommunications carrier subsequently acquired by Qwest Communications, and AirSoft, a software company focused on communication protocols for low bandwidth, high latency networks such as those found in wireless and remote access networks.

He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University, and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.  He served on the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Board from 2004-2006, and has been recognized for his contributions to the industry by numerous awards, including Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Light Reading Person of the Year.


Qiang Yang

Professor Qiang Yang serves New Bright Professor of Engineering, Chair Professor and Head of Department of Computer Science and Engineering, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.  Before moving to HKUST, Professor Yang taught at the University of Waterloo and at Simon Fraser University.  The founding director of Noah’s Ark Lab, Professor Yang’s research interets include data mining and artificial intelligence.

He was the founding editor of ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (TIST), and is the founding editor of IEEE Transactions on Big Data.  He’s the Associate Editor of IEEE Intelligent Systems, the series editor of Morgan & Claypool Synthesis Series: On Research Methodology, and has served Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering. He is the Associate Editor of Journal of Computer Science and Technology, and an editorial board member of Frontiers of Computer Science in China.

Professor Yan is a Fellow of IEEE, AAAI, AAAS, IAPR and an ACM distinguished scientist, in recognition of his contributions to AI and data mining.  He was also the founding director of the research lab of Huawei Technologies from 2012-2014.  Professor Yan earned his PhD from the Computer Science Department at the University of Maryland in 1989. He worked with Professor Dana Nau. Professor Yang’s thesis was entitled Improving the Efficiency of Planning.


Rajiv Gandhi

Professor Rajiv Gandhi is currently an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Rutgers University. His primary research area is applied algorithms and he focuses his work on approximation algorithms for NP-hard problems--particularly problems with applications in areas such as scheduling, wireless networks, communication networks, clustering, and related areas. His work has appeared in several publications including the Journal of Algorithms, Networks, and the ACM-IEEE Transactions on Networking as well as the Journal of the ACM.

Professor Gandhi’s career has been marked by a dedication to teaching and doing research with undergraduate students. Out of sense of duty to his students, he created and taught a 13-week course on Discrete Math and Problem Solving gratis so that they could learn everything they needed to do well in more advanced courses.  For his dedication to students and pedagogy, he was awarded the Provost’s Teaching Award, and he was interviewed for his incredible work with students by the Philadelphia Inquirer.  He is also a recipient of The Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching.

What is truly remarkable about Professor Gandhi’s work with the undergraduates is the numbers of students he sends to prestigious graduate schools. At Rutgers University, Camden where he is an associate professor, most of his students are first generation students, many of whom are underrepresented minorities in computer science. His students have gone on to PhD programs at Princeton, CMU, Rutgers, Brown, USC, UPenn, Cornell, Virginia Tech, and The University of Maryland.  Professor Gandhi earned his PhD in 2003; Professor Samir Khuller served as his advisor.

Congratulations to all!

Thanks especially to Professor Ashok Agrawala, Professor Jeff Foster, and Professor JIm Reggia for serving on this year's award committee.

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