We are a department of excellence. The University of Maryland’s computer science faculty continually embarks on cutting edge research, produces award winning papers, and teaches students a foundation of skills to launch their own accomplishments.

We graduate qualified students that earn competitive jobs. Many UMD alumni have become professors at high ranked universities, researchers at well-known industrial labs and software engineers at successful Internet start-ups. Some of our notable alumni include Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google; Gary Flake, a Microsoft Distinguished Engineer and founder of Yahoo! Research Labs; and Naresh Gupta, senior vice president of Adobe’s Print and Publishing Business Unit. In an effort to expand the online Alumni Hall of Fame, if you would like to nominate a UMD CS alumnus or alumna to be highlighted on these pages, please send an email to the chair's office ( and to Professor Ashok Agrawala ( Our department wants to recognize the achievements of as many alumni as possible.

Additionally, we would like to keep alumni up-to-date on CS events once a semester through a newsletter! If you have not been invited by email to the alumni mailing list (, you can sign up here. For giving opportunities, please click here.

Recent Class Notes

 November, 2020

  • Shamik Sharma (M.S. ’98), who heads the digital initiatives at Cure.Fit, was quoted in a CNN article on “Indian health platform wants to nourish mind, body and soul.”


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  • Preeti Bhargava (M.S. ’12, Ph.D. ’16, computer science) and Nitesh Shroff (M.S. ’11, Ph.D. ’12, electrical engineering) launched a health-tech startup Arintra that aims to free up doctors’ time and improve patient outcomes.

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  • Vinay Shet (M.S. ’03, Ph.D. ’07), Teleo co-founder and CEO, was quoted in a BBC article on “The forklift truck drivers who never leave their desks.”

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  • Jonathan Mevs (B.S. ’18, computer science; M.A. ’19, education) is a computer science teacher at the Washington Leadership Academy Public Charter School

  • Bongshin Lee (M.S. ’02, Ph.D. ’06) was inducted into the IEEE Visualization Academy (Vis Academy)

  • Namita Dhallan (B.S. ’89) has been appointed Brightcove’s new chief product officer

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    Anthony Casalena (B.S. ’05), founder and CEO of Squarespace, spoke with Yahoo! Finance about how COVID-19 is impacting e-commerce.

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 October, 2020

  • Donald Welch (Ph.D. ’98) was named permanent vice president for IT and chief information officer at Penn State University.

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  • Jagdeep Singh (B.S. ’86), founder of QuantumScape, spoke with Reuters about the company’s plans to go public with a $3.3 billion valuation.

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  • Pooja Sankar (M.S. ’04), founder of Piazza, was quoted in an Entrepreneur article on “How 8 Founders Are Preparing for Continued Economic Uncertainty.”

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