Our CS alumni are pushing boundaries in large and small companies, across government agencies, and in non-profit organizations. They work as CTO's, data scientists, and software engineers, among other roles. In academia, they teach and research in top universities, both as as entering professors and tenured faculty members with prestigious awards and fellowships. Our alumni also fill a surprising number of department chairs!
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One of the ways we are connecting with our alumni is by arranging meetups with faculty in various locations. The department chair is launching this initiatve in Fall 2017.
To be included in the invitation when we reach your city, send your email address and preferred location to the CS Publicist. In the mean time, here are several social media groups you might enjoy:
We love to tell the stories of our alumni in CS Profiles! In addition to researchers, entrepreneurs, chief architects, and software and game developers, our alumni have looked beyond typical tech industry career paths to become lawyers, high school teachers, and financial planners. We also have a radiologist, a realtor, a dermapathologist, a veterinarian, and a missionary. Several of you made it big and retired early. We would love to tell more alumni stories! Contact the CS Publicist if you know or hear interesting CS alumni stories, including your own.
After we publish the stories, we promote them in social media:
*The Rice Computer Science LinkedIn group has not been active in 2017; we hope to gather feedback from alumni on how to re-shape.
Recent CS Alumni Profiles:
“At Rice, I wrote as much as I programmed,” said CS alumna Sara Carlstead Brumfield. “I was a double major in Computer Science and the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality (SWGS). That’s why I went to Rice, because you aren’t locked into a single category or genre. What SWSG taught me is how to think outside the box, which is applicable in any field.” But she said majoring in CS was the second most important decision of her life, preceded only by the decision to marry her husband, CS and Linguistics double major Ben Brumfield. Her CS career has been studded with high points including several patents and an internal IBM award for technical achievement, and she took a two-year break from her corporate path in order to work as a program manager for a local startup. Now, she is a partner and software engineer in their family business, FromThePage.
Jesse Rothstein, co-founder of ExtraHop, said, “I’ve always been attracted to systems and the network. In fact, while I was at Rice, one of my student jobs was working as the lab assistant in Peter Druschel’s COMP 421, the course on operating systems and networking. But my favorite job was helping William Deigaard, the director for educational technologies, expand Owlnet. Only the engineers had access to the Internet through Owlnet; I knew non-engineering majors who wanted those special privileges. Working for William, another student and I built the first registration system to automatically apply for a rice.edu email account using your student ID number.” Now a CTO in his own company, Rothstein loves to recruit new talent from his alma mater. He said. “At the career fair every year, we hire one or more Rice students to come work here in Seattle at ExtraHop.”
Now a data scientist with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation’s Advanced Analytics and Emerging Technologies (AAET) team, CS PhD alumna Natalie Berestovsky says that though her title is a new one, the research she does has been going on for a long time under a different name. “What I liked about Luay’s bioinformatics group was its application of machine learning to other sciences. We called it ‘interdisciplinary science.’ It felt very rewarding to me to apply my knowledge of computer science, machine learning, and statistics to create models and analyze data from other fields.” In her role as data scientist in Anadarko’s AAET team, she works closely with engineers and geoscientists applying statistical modeling, and machine learning to optimize the strategy for current production and advance competitor intelligence efforts for future exploration. Berestovsky says, “You don’t have to go to a California tech company to work on interesting projects and utilize cool, new technologies.”
Want more? Read the rest of our alumni profiles.