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Calendar of Computer Science Alumni Events

Mark your calendar for these additional opportunities to connect with other Hokies.

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    Beer and Bytes

    Beer and Bytes is a series of happy hours for computer science alumni to network and grab a byte!

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    Virtual 5K

    Computer Science alumni, step away from your screen and participate in the department's Virtual 5K from Friday, April 28 - Sunday, April 30 with alumni from around the country! Register by March 23 at 5:00 p.m. ET to receive an exclusive CS Virtual 5K t-shirt and swag package. Registration is $30 per person and includes a $10 gift to the Computer Science Annual Fund.

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    Wednesday, March 29 from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. join fellow Virginia Tech Computer Science alumni for a happy hour in the DC metro area. Come out for food, drinks, free swag, and networking at Fire Works Pizza in Arlington, VA. Additionally, there will be a brief update on the department from the department head Cal Ribbens. Registration is $15 and includes one drink ticket and appetizers, as well as a $5 donation to Virginia Tech’s Computer Science Department.

Catch up on our Latest Webinar

The Great Debate: Technical vs. Managerial Career Paths

Learn how to tackle the myths of the management route, as well as how to keep your technical skills relevant once making the management jump.

Hear the perspectives from the following alumni:

  • Uma Murthy (PhD ‘11): Software Engineer, Amazon Search
  • Pardha Pyla (MS ‘06; PhD ‘07): Head of UX, AMOS, Google Cloud
  • Paul Thorn (BS ‘76): IT Consultant, City of Annapolis 
  • Edgardo Vega (BS ‘04; MS ‘11): Vice President of Engineering, NCYBER


Recordings of Previous Events

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Diversity in CS Panel
Panelists shared the challenges that the African-American community faces in the computer science field. Panelists include: Briana Augenreich ('15), Victoria Hairston ('17), and Lawrence Warren (MS '18).

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Women in CS Panel
Panelists share their personal pathways and experiences in a male dominated industry, talk about the importance of female networks, and share how they are paving the way for other women in computer science. Panelists include: Margaret Ellis (MS '02), Associate Professor of Practice; Sarah Lee ('18); and Megan Underwood ('08).

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Defending Deepfakes: AI & Security
Associate Professor Bimal Viswanath explains his research that investigates threats posed by deepfakes and methods for defense.

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Timeless Technology: Civil War Photo Sleuth
Associate Professor Kurt Luther traces the 150-year history of photo sleuthing, showing how the passage of time has magnified some challenges, but also unlocked exciting new possibilities. Check out Civil War Photo Sleuth here.

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How Are You Strengthening Your Resilience Muscles?
Alumna Sharmin Banu ('98), an executive coach for tech leaders, shared the misconceptions around resilience, how busy tech professionals incorportated it in their lives, as well as simply, easy to implement resilience-building rituals. 

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Understanding Blockchain Law:
Q&A with Alumnus Aaron Krowne (MS '03)
Obtain a better understanding of how blockchain has evolved over the past decade, its changing regulations, as well as the grey areas of pertinent laws. 

Tips from the Top: Leading as a Woman Engineer
Alumna Christina Wick ('98) shares her personal career pathway and experiences leading as a woman engineer. Passionate about technology as it relates to mobile software development, she has built a career that has pushed and challenged her, honing her leadership skills every step of the way. Throughout her career, she has built high performing teams at multiple top companies.

Entrepreneurial Spirit: Build The Product YOU
Alumna Sharmin Banu ('99) shared her process to evaluate your entreprenuerial mindset with students in a hybrid webinar. This article dives into the three questions to ask yourself: why, what, and how.

Virtual Entrepreneur Panel

In this virtual panel of entrepreneurial alumni, panelists dove into how they secured funding, the fear of failure, and much more.

Moderated by former faculty member and entrepreneur, Srinidhi Varadarajan.

Panelists include:

Human-Computer Interaction Research Applied to Everyday Life

Professors Doug Bowman and Sang Won Lee dive into:

  • The future of everyday AR use cases and recent user experience (UX) research aimed at enabling this vision. 
  • How computational systems can facilitate empathic communication and collaboration in creative domains and beyond. 
  • How students are impacting their research.