Recent News & Accomplishments


Jagdeep Singh, ’87, graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science at the age of 19. After working at Hewlett Packard for a few years, he went on to found several companies including Airsoft, Lightera Networks (sold to CIENA) and Infinera. After he and his cofounders sold Infinera in 2010, Mr. Singh went on to found QuantumScape , a stealth battery start-up in Silicon Valley. With QuantumScape , Mr. Singh's is goal is make a battery that solves the ‘materials problem,’ is solid state, and has the density of fossil fuels. QuantumScape is the subject of a great deal of speculation, and it will be...  read more
According to Online Course Report , Professor Adam Porter (CS, Fraunhofer, UMIACS) has the distinction of having taught over half a million students worldwide on Coursera (600,000, to be exact). His course, Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems – Part1, teaches students the "basics of developing mobile apps for the smartphones and tablets on the Android platform, from development environment setup to creating apps." This course has archived lessons, and the site indicates that Porter will teach more modules in the future. While a professor at the University of Maryland...  read more
During the Friday November 6th, at 4pm in CSIC, the Computer Science Department will be hosting Ms. Kathryn Kleiman of the ENIAC Programmers Project . She will be showing her film The Computers . This 20-minute film tells the history of six women who greatly influenced the history of Computer Science, but who for many years were lost in the annals of history. The Computer Science Department hopes to help students at the University of Maryland to understand that computing has a complex, multi-faceted history that is full of a variety human experiences. RSVP to reserve your seat. Refreshments...  read more
*/ If you've ever gone to a hackathon or belong to any sort of social coding group, then you've probably heard of MHacks . The 36-hour event, founded in 2013 at the University of Michigan and now in its sixth iteration, has established itself as one of the largest (hosting 1500 participants) and most prestigious hackathons in the collegiate scene. It should come as no surprise, then, that our very own Terrapin Hackers have established themselves as regulars at MHacks, sending a slew of eager first-time hackers and veterans alike to Ann Arbor each semester. I sat down with Colin King and Sean...  read more
Assistant Professor Dr. Michelle Mazurek was awarded a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) September 1, 2015. Titled “Supporting Secure Mobile App Development”, the grant is for $333,714 over three years. Dr. Mazurek is the Principal Investigator on the grant, and the work will be done in collaboration with her students and researchers from Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany. “The goal of the project is to improve security and privacy decision-making by developers of mobile applications (who are not security experts),”...  read more
Descriptive Image for Mihai Pop Awarded NSF Grant for Collaborative Metagenomics Research (17086)
Associate Professor Dr. Mihai Pop was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) September 1, 2015. The grant, listed as “Scalable and Highly Accurate Methods for Metagenomics”, was awarded to Dr. Pop in collaboration with Professors Tandy Warnow and William Gropp from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. It is scheduled to last from September 1, 2015 to an estimated end date of August 31, 2019. The grant focuses on developing methods for “annotating metagenomic sequences”, as Dr. Pop puts it: determining which organisms are present in a sample...  read more
The computer science department added a new office over the summer. The Office of Student Enrichment, directed by University of Pennsylvania alum and ex-associate professor at Maryland Rich Gerber, is a boon for students looking to get involved. For now, its physical presence is no more than Gerber’s own office, but it has already reached dozens of passionate undergraduates. When I talked to Gerber, he was in middle of his first major initiative: furnishing the first dedicated hacker-maker space inside the Computer Science Instructional Center. Despite the meteoric rise in the popularity of...  read more
What do you get when you combine three talented UMD computer science students, entrepreneurial spirit, and a passion for giving back to the community? In the case of Arjun Baradwaj, Shabai Liu, and Eric Segev, the result is aeVidi, a flourishing web design and development business that serves small companies and non-profit organizations. The three students developed their idea for this company in 2013 as a way to combine their talents and fill their free time. “I’ve always had an entrepreneurial drive and web development was something I thought could foster that,” Baradwaj says. The founders...  read more
This year's Daemon Dash had new categories, new rules, and even more sponsors, inspiring bigger hacks than in year's past. Read about this year's winning hacks, which include virtual reality, Computer Science events page redesigns, and a research paper writing aide.  read more
Over 1,000 students poured into the Xfinity Center for the 2015 Computer Science Fall Career & Internship Fair. There were 126 companies, ranging from small software development firms to Fortune 500 companies. With so many companies, it could be a little overwhelming for some students. For Senior Eric Shiang, the sheer number of companies meant he needed to come to the fair with a plan. "[The number of companies] really made you have to pick which ones you want to talk to because there definitely wasn't enough time to look at all of them," he explained. "The cool part...  read more