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

 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.

 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.


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.