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Mokhtarzada Hatchery team Quandry’s wild ride to startup success
Ryan Downing and Bryan Houlton aren’t the kind of guys who shy away from taking a risk. “My philosophy is kind of like this,” explained Houlton, who just completed his sophomore year as a computer science major at the University of Maryland. “If I’m going to take a big risk and start something, now is the time.” Last fall, Houlton and Downing went all-in on the risky business of tech entrepreneurship. They created the quantitative finance platform Quandry and got a running start thanks to the Department of Computer Science’s Mokhtarzada Hatchery incubator for student tech ventures. From day... read more
He was honored for outstanding contributions to mentoring and teaching students from different, often non-traditional backgrounds.
University of Maryland alum Rajiv Gandhi (Ph.D. ’03, computer science; advisor: Samir Khuller) received the 2022 SIGACT Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to mentoring and teaching a large number of high-school and undergraduate students from many different, often non-traditional backgrounds—empowering them to achieve substantially in theoretical computer science and to take an appreciation for theoretical computer science into their other computing endeavors. Gandhi, a professor of computer science at Rutgers University-Camden, established the Program in Algorithmic... read more
Jan Plane leaves a 30-year legacy of building computing programs and promoting diversity