Alumni News

Laura Toma, Duke CompSci alumna and Bowdoin College scholar, was recently made a full professor in computer science. Exploring the theory and practice of memory-efficient algorithms for applications that involve large, high-resolution geospatial data, she is interested in algorithms for fundamental problems on terrains. Toma earned her PhD from Duke University in 2003. Read more

Lirong Xia, Duke CS PhD ’11, Economics MA '10 and now associate CS professor at RPI, published a book on AI and ML in 2019 entitled Learning and Decision-Making from Rank Data as part of Mongan & Claypool's Synthesis Lectures on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Read more

Duke CS PhD alumnus Ivelin Georgiev recently received tenure at the Vanderbilt Medical Center, according to his Duke mentor, Bruce Donald on April 17, 2019. Since Georgiev's graduation from Duke Computer Science, he was a staff scientist and co-head of the Structural Bioinformatics Core Section at the Vaccine Research Center (VRC) on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, MD until 2015. Georgiev is now a faculty member at the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center and a Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology and of Computer Science at Vanderbilt. His focus interests include computational immunology and virology.

At the University of Maryland (UMD), they held a special symposium to celebrate Dana Nau's 60th birthday and to honor their renowned Professor of Computer Science's contributions to the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Read more

Lars Nyland's first experience with programming was in high school, when his physics teacher introduced him to a Monroe Digital Calculator. Soon after, he was invited to work with the Dartmouth Time-Sharing system. Read more

You might call Sophia Cui, Jian Wei Gan, and Trevor Reid hip, young and dangerous as Professor Owen Astrachan does. But one thing's certain: These Duke graduates enjoy working at a startup. They graduated in 2011 and began working for TellApart. Read more

You can hear the smile in Raluca Gordân's voice when she talks about her research. "I just love it really," said the Assistant Professor of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics and Computer Science at Duke University. Read more

Megan Murphy Lantz first embarked on her career path at Duke. In 2001, Professor Owen Astrachan invited the young undergraduate to be a teaching assistant for his CompSci 6 class, Introduction to Computer Science. Lantz was immediately bitten by the teaching bug. Read more

If catapulting from a fresh-faced PhD graduate to director of a major research laboratory for the world's largest IT company within a single decade sounds like a challenge, then Min Wang has certainly achieved a significant accomplishment. Read more

As a Duke undergrad in the 1990s, it didn't take Luis von Ahn long to switch his focus from math to computer science. Today he is an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University and creator of one of the most widely used anti-spam technologies on the Internet. Read more

Ge Wang played the accordion at age seven and guitar by age thirteen. When he arrived at Duke in 1996, the music-loving undergraduate packed his schedule with music classes. Read more

Susan Athey graduated magna cum laude from Duke in 1991 with a triple major in mathematics, economics, and computer science. She is now a Professor of Economics at Harvard and winner of the John Bates Clark Medal. Read more

Matthew Territo received his BS degee in Computer Science in 2006. He is living his dream as the Surfacing Technical Director at DreamWorks Animation studio in Northern California. Read more