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

 October, 2020

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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Jennifer Golbeck (Ph.D. ’05), professor of information studies at UMD, spoke at the UMDemocracy 2020 event on “Dis information and Fact Checking.” UMDemocracy 2020 aims to provide resources and information on things to know before the election this November.

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Dave Baggett (B.S. ’92), founder of INKY, spoke about “AI in Email Security” on the Darius Gant Show podcast.

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Anthony Casalena (B.S. ’05) was named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40: Technology list.

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Craig Abod (B.S. ’86), president of Carahsoft Technology Corp., received the Institute for Excellence in Sales’ 10th Lifetime Achievement in Sales Award.

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 July, 2020

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Sujal Patel (B.S. ’96,) co-founder and CEO of Nautilus Biotechnology,  was interviewed by serial entrepreneur and host of the DealMakers podcast, Alejandro Cremades about how he sold his first business for $2.6 Billion and then raised $108M to improve medical diagnostics.

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