Alumni News

Jason RobinsJason Robins
Duke CS Alum and DraftKings' CEO, Jason Robins is #12 on Boston Globe's Top 50 Tech Power Players list for growing and leading one of the region's biggest consumer tech brands. DraftKings is the vertically integrated Boston sports-betting and online gaming company he cofounded in 2011, which became publicly traded in 2020 and now operates in 17 countries. Robins expanded DraftKings’ reach across numerous platforms with daily fantasy, regulated gaming and digital media products via strategic partnerships.

Mary McKeeMary McKee
Duke CS Alumna Mary McKee was nominated Blue Devil of the Week. Now the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, Senior Director of Identity Management and Security Services at Duke OIT, McKee helps users of Duke's many online services have a seamless and secure experience, among other activities.

Justin ShermanJustin Sherman
Duke CS-Poli Sci '20 graduate Justin Sherman's research on data brokers — the multibillion-dollar industry of buying and selling your data — is featured in a recent episode of HBO's LastWeekTonight with John Oliver. Sherman is a data security expert and a cyber policy fellow at Duke. In this 2019 profile, Sherman shares how he became interested in cybersecurity.

Joey SantoroJoey Santoro
Duke CS 2019 grad Joey Santoro founded the cryptocurrency startup Fei Protocol, a stablecoin in Ethereum native decentralized finance (DeFi). His participation in Duke Blockchain Lab as an undergrad no doubt influenced his innovation. Santoro said, “Being able to write code that’s immediately interoperable with dozens of financial protocols is the coolest thing ever.” Joey and his team recently conducted a multi-billion-dollar merger in DeFi, a huge milestone that sets a precedent for the potential of decentralized business operations.

David KotzDavid Kotz
Duke CS PhD David Kotz was named provost at Dartmouth College, where he had been serving as interim provost. In addition to his administrative expertise, Kotz has published over 200 reviewed scientific research papers. He received an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth in computer science and physics, and has worked at Dartmouth since 1991.

Srinivasan KrishnanSrinivasan Krishnan
The Graduate School's Senior Leadership Insights conversation featured Srinivasan Krishnan (MS'91, PhD'92 Computer Science), founder and CEO of

Bing XieBing Xie
Dr. Bing Xie, Duke CS PhD '17 (advisor Professor Jeff Chase) was selected by the IEEE Computer Society as a winner of the IEEE-CS Technical Consortium on High Performance Computing (TCHPC) Early Career Researchers Award for Excellence in High Performance Computing (HPC). This award recognizes her outstanding, influential, and potentially long-lasting HPC contributions. An HPC research scientist at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Dr. Xie's computer systems research results have been presented at multiple major conferences and published in many journals.

Luke FarrellLuke Farrell
Luke Farrell, Duke CS and Neuroscience '19 talks about working for the Google CEO's Office and Duke's impact in this Bass Connections profile.

Adolfo RodriguezAdolfo Rodriguez
Duke CS PhD Alumnus Adolfo Rodriguez discusses his tech career at IBM, Citrix and Advance Auto Parts – where he's currently the senior vice president of IT transformation – in this interview.

Amit BaggaAmit Bagga
Duke Graduate School profiles Amit Bagga, Duke CS PhD '98 and currently Vice President, AI & Discovery at Comcast. Bagga discusses the most valuable parts of his Duke experience, the highlights of his career since graduating from Duke, and much more.

Laura TomaLaura Toma
Laura Toma, Duke CompSci alumna and Bowdoin College scholar, was 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.

Ivelin GeorgievIvelin Georgiev
Duke CS PhD alumnus Ivelin Georgiev recently received tenure at the Vanderbilt Medical Center, according to his Duke mentor, Bruce Donald. 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.

Lirong XiaLirong Xia
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.

Notable CS Alumni News Stories published 2017-2018

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