Class Notes

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 June, 2021

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.


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 (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.”


Adam Perer (M.S. ’05, Ph.D. ’08) joined Blue Spark Technologies’ TempTraq Advisory Board. Perer is an assistant research professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute.


Dheeraj Sanghi (M.S. ’89, Ph.D. ’93) will step down as director of Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, in March 2021.

 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

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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