Recent CS&E alumni news and achievements

2021

Dr. Ranga Raju Vatsavai elevated to full professor at NCSU

April 23, 2021: CS&E alum Ranga Raju Vatsavai (M.S. 2003, Ph.D. 2008) was recently promoted to full professor at North Carolina State University. He is also the Associate Director of NCSU's Center for Geospatial Analytics.

CS&E alum and CIFellow Ibrahim Sabek featured on CRA website

April 21, 2021: Recent Ph.D. graduate Ibrahim Sabek (2020) is currently working at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

Alumni Hui Xiong promoted to Distinguished Professor

April 20, 2021: Hui Xiong (Ph.D. 2005) is also the Director of Rutgers Center for Information Assurance at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Yanhua Li awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor

March 2, 2021: Ph.D. alumnus Yanhua Li (2013), a faculty member at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, was recently awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor. Li is a data science expert who joined the faculty at WPI in 2015.

2020

Alumnus joins Five Star Bank as Chief Information Security Officer

December 15, 2020: Adolph Barclift (B.S. 2006) will be responsible for the development and delivery of a comprehensive information and cybersecurity for the bank.

CS&E alumnus named AAAS Fellow

December 15, 2020: Hui Xiong (Ph.D. 2005) received this honor from his AAAS peers for his “distinguished contributions to the fields of data mining and mobile computing.”

Alumna Xia Ning wins prestigious 10-Year Highest-Impact award at ICDM

December 7, 2020: Alumna Xia Ning (Ph.D. 2012) was recognized with the prestigious 10-Year Highest-Impact award at the 2020 International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM) for her paper “SLIM: Sparse Linear Methods for Top-N Recommender Systems," originally published in 2011 with advisor George Karypis.

IOST's Terry Wang delivered online technical talk on blockchain

November 16, 2020: CS&E alumnus Terry Wang (B.S. 2013), co-founder and CTO of the IOST Foundation, was invited to speak on blockchain technology as a Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer by the IEEE Kansai chapter.

Conversations with CodeChef | Rakshit Daga on how to make it big in the e-commerce sector

November 4, 2020: A U of M alumnus in mechanical engineering with a computer science minor, and VP & CTO at BigBasket, Rakshit Daga (M.S. '00), is interviewed.

New scholarship focuses support on under-represented students

September 17, 2020: Sezzle co-founders, including former computer science & engineering student Killian Brackey (2013-2107) have established the Sezzle Scholars program, which will fund a full, four-year scholarship to a deserving CSE undergraduate student interested in data science, computer science, or computer engineering.

Promontory MortgagePath hires Scott Turnquest as Chief Technology Officer

August 27, 2020: Promontory MortgagePath has added Scott Turnquest as its new Chief Technology Officer. Turnquest received his M.S. in software engineering from the University of Minnesota and has more than 20 years of technology experience. He has held senior engineering leadership positions at Kindur, GitHub, and at Earnest. Turnquest also has placed a premium on volunteerism, having worked with Hackbright Academy and Black Girls CODE, two organizations whose mission is to increase female representation in technology.

Recent M.S. graduate joins Sentera as computer vision engineer

August 2020: Pallavi Mitra (M.S. 2020) recently joined Sentera as a computer vision engineer. She successfully defended her thesis in June 2020. Her interests are in Computer Vision and Deep Learning with applications in Multi-View Geometry and Stereo Vision. Her thesis focused on enhancing monocular depth estimation using Generative Adversarial Networks.

A new approach to AIoT data infrastructure using NVMe-oF shared flash storage

July 17, 2020: Alumnus in electrical engineering and computer science, and global director of software development at Western Digital, Sanhita Sarkar, authors article for EnterpriseAI.

Recent Ph.D. graduate joins the computer science faculty at Marquette University

July 13, 2020: Sabirat Rubya (Ph.D., 2020) is an incoming Assistant Professor in the department of Computer Science at Marquette University. Her research includes human-computer interaction, social computing, health informatics, and human-aided machine learning.

CSE alumnus in computer science joins Lirio’s BReLL 

June 4, 2020: Alumnus in computer science, Raju Vatsavai, joins Lirio's Behavioral Reinforcement and Learning Lab (BReLL).

Student, age 74, follows in Einstein's footsteps

May 27, 2020: Former UMN computer science master student who is currently enrolled in UMN’s Senior Citizen Education Program, Ken Holdeman, plans to share what he has discovered about quantum entanglement so far with arXiv.

Minneapolis-based medical software company, Provation, names new CTO

May 15, 2020: Alumna in computer science Linda Buan, previously Vice President, Product Develop and Operations at Provation, has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer.

Learning From the 1854 Cholera Outbreak: Tracking and Containing COVID-19 Using AI Spatiotemporal Analysis

March 16, 2020: "In epidemiology analysis, the relationship between people in space and time is very important," explains Bao Jie, head of the JD Group city data management platform and CS&E alumnus, “and human activity trajectories are a typical form of spatiotemporal data.”

Revenue Secretary Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey designated new Finance Secretary

March 3, 2020: Alumnus in computer science Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey (Ph.D. 2004) was designated as the new Finance Secretary to the Indian Government.

Eve Poeschl honored on 40 Under 40 List

February 5, 2020: Eve Poeschl (B.S. 2003) was named to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s prestigious 40 Under 40 List, which recognizes the best young leaders for their professional success and commitment to the community. She currently works as the Director of Solutions Architecture for MentorMate.

Insights to Action—Create and Deliver Personalized Content Sponsored Content

January 21, 2020: eMarketer will moderate a Tech-Talk Webinar presentation featuring Josh van Tonder, computer science alumnus and group manager of product marketing at Adobe.

Former Green Party candidate Overby to seek DFL endorsement

January 21, 2020: Paula Overby is a psychology and computer science alumna at the University of Minnesota.

NASA’s First Deaf Engineer in an Active Crewed Mission Control Role

January 6, 2020: Johanna Lucht, a University of Minnesota computer science and engineering alumna, became the first deaf engineer to carry out an active role in a NASA control center.