Class Notes

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 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.

 June, 2021

Noam Auslander (Ph.D. ’18) is now an assistant professor in the Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program of the Wistar Institute Cancer Center.


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Franz Payer (B.S. ’17), CEO of Cyber Skyline, was selected as SynED's national Cyber Hero for May 2021 for bringing innovation to cybersecurity education.


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Talia Ringer (B.S. ’12) will be an assistant professor at Illinois Computer Science beginning in October.


Truebill’s Idris Mokhtarzada (B.S. ’10) and his brothers and fellow Terps Haroon and Yahya put $45M Series D to work helping people take control of their personal finances.


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William Regli (M.S. ’94, Ph.D. ’95), UMD professor of computer science and director of the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS), was appointed to the Computing Community Consortium by the Computing Research Association, in consultation with the National Science Foundation.


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Anthony Casalena (B.S. '05) launched Squarespace in his dorm room at UMD and took the company public last month

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 April, 2021

Rafael Telahun (B.S. '11) joined TA Associates, a leading global growth private equity firm, as a vice president in its Menlo Park office and as a member of the firm’s North America Services Group.


Aya Soffer

Aya Soffer (M.S. ’92, Ph.D. ’95) was appointed director of the IBM Haifa Research Lab. She will also continue in her role as IBM's VP of AI.

Sujal Patel (B.S. ’96), CEO of next-gen proteomics company Nautilus Biotechnology, announced the company would list on Nasdaq through a merger with Arya Sciences Acquisition Corp III.


Jean Parker (B.S. ’82), general manager of Merriweather Post Pavilion, received the Daily Record’s 2021 Maryland’s Top 100 Women Award.


Roy Kapani (B.S. ’90), acquired Systems Engineering Associates Corporation (SEACORP), a leading provider of engineering services and technology to the United States Navy, in a private transaction.


 January, 2021

Abheek Anand (M.S. ’04), managing director at Sequoia Capital, discusses with Bloomberg his outlook for startups in 2021, his investment strategy and where he’s finding opportunity.

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Dheeraj Batra (B.S. ’98, computer science; B.S. ’98, finance), founder and CEO of Propel Labs, co-wrote an op-ed on why global manufacturers need to understand the Indian consumer before making asks from the budget.


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Jin Kang (B.S. ’86), president of WidePoint, joined the McDaniel College board of trustees.


Sam Noh (Ph.D. ’93), dean of the UNIST Graduate School of Artificial Intelligence in Korea, was elected fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery “for contributions to storage system software, including flash and byte-addressable non-volatile memory.”


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