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

 November, 2020

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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Shravan Goli (M.S. ’94), chief product officer at Coursera, spoke with Money about the surging enrollment of online certification programs.

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