Class Notes

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 March, 2024

Juan Navarro (B.S. ’82) was named President/CEO of Advanced IT Concepts LLC.

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 February, 2024

Samuel Hui (B.S. ’20) joined the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) as a Programmer and Analyst in the Systems Development and Implementation branch of the Information Technology Directorate.

 August, 2023

Rick Kuhn (M.S. ’85), a computer scientist in NIST's Computer Security Division, was elected a Fellow of the Washington Academy of Sciences.

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 October, 2022

Debanjan Saha (Ph.D. ’95) was named CEO of DataRobot.


Matthew Onufrak (B.S. ’13) summited Mount Rainier.

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 August, 2022

FiscalNote, which was co-founded by Jonathan Chen (B.S. ’14) in his dorm room at UMD, went public on the New York Stock Exchange on August 1


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Alesia Cain (B.S. ’89) was elected vice president of communications by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials’ New York Chapter.

 May, 2022

Shravan Goli (M.S. ’94), Coursera's chief product officer and head of consumer revenue, was appointed to NETGEAR’s board of directors.


 April, 2022

Nizar Habash (M.S. ’00, Ph.D. ’03), named to MI Technology Review Arabia’s list of “30 leading arab experts in AI”


Brendan Iribe, co-founder of Oculus, named to IEEE VGTC Virtual Reality Academy. 


Michael Antonov (B.S. ’03), co-founder of Oculus, named to IEEE VGTC Virtual Reality Academy. 


 February, 2022

Debanjan Saha (M.S. ’93, Ph.D. ’95), who had been vice president and general manager of data analytics at Google Cloud, was named DataRobot’s new president and chief operating officer.

 January, 2022

Juan Navarro (B.S. ’82) named President and CEO of HDT Global


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Katherine Calvin (B.S. '03, computer science; B.S. ’03, mathematics) Named NASA Chief Scientist and Senior Climate Advisor


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 November, 2021

Donald Welch (Ph.D. ’98) left Penn State to lead IT at New York University.


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Christopher Jeschke (B.S. ’02) appointed CTO at Accumulus Synergy, a nonprofit corporation working to develop an information and data exchange platform aimed at transforming how drug innovators and health authorities worldwide interact.


 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.

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

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 (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.

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