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

 September, 2021

Carolina Ruiz (Ph.D. ’96), professor of computer science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, was appointed associate dean of Arts & Sciences.

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Talia Ringer (B.S. ’12), incoming assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, talks about how proof engineering will affect the future of software development on the DevDiscuss podcast.

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Sanjay Nagalia (M.S. ’84), COO at Ideas Revenue Solutions, speaks to the No Vacancy podcast.

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Jennifer Golbeck (Ph.D. ’05), professor of information studies at UMD, joined the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for “ASK A SCIENTIST...about being a woman in computer science.”

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Christopher Croft (B.S. ’20), who is pursuing a master of science in data science in the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is among the inaugural cohort for the Amazon Robotics Day One Fellowship.


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Anthony Casalena (B.S. ’05), Squarespace founder, talks to Forbes about the conventions he defied to build his billion-dollar startup

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Anasua Bhowmik (Ph.D. ’03), fellow design engineer at AMD India, leads the CPU performance modeling and microarchitecture team. She speaks to HerStory about her career and why more women should be encouraged to join the tech workforce.

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 August, 2021

Keshif, a company founded by Adil Yalcin (Ph.D. ’16), received a grant award from Virginia’s Commonwealth Commercialization Fund. This grant is awarded for new technologies with a high potential for economic development and job creation and that position the Commonwealth as a national leader in science- and technology-based research, development, and commercialization.


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Lee Spector

Lee Spector (Ph.D. ’92) is now a tenured full professor of computer science at Amherst College. He continues to work with graduate students at UMass Amherst, where he is an adjunct professor and member of the graduate faculty.

 July, 2021

Tammy Kness (B.S. ’86), vice president of human resources and communications at GDIT, won WashingtonExec’s 2021 Chief Officer Award for Public Company Chief Human Resources Officer.