Waseem Ahmad (B.A. ’14) is a senior software engineer at Facebook. He currently lives in New York City and works on Facebook’s Stories product on Android. In 2012, he orchestrated Rice’s first hackathon with support from the CS Club president, Dennis Qian and HackRice remains a popular annual event.
Read his CS Alumni Profile Interview: https://www.cs.rice.edu/waseem
Check out his personal website: https://waseemahmad.com
Salvatore “Sal” Testa is a software engineer at Square and an improv comedian.
Follow him on Twitter at @SalTesta14.
Keith Cooper is the L. John and Ann H. Doerr Chair in Computational Engineering, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering. His primary research area has been program analysis and optimization. He was one of the founding members of the compiler group at Rice, has published more than 75 articles and advised 18 doctoral students. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, and teaches several courses in compiler construction and was recently named chair of the computational and applied mathematics (CAAM) department at Rice University.
In April 2019, Cooper’s passion for training up the next generation of students was recognized with a George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching.
Fun fact: For over a decade, students and their families also recognized Cooper as the man behind the mace.
Dan Wallach (Ph.D. ’99, Princeton) is a Professor of Computer Science at Rice University.
He is a professor in the systems group and manages Rice’s computer security lab. His research interests include mobile code, wireless and smartphone security, and the security of electronic voting systems. He has testified on various aspects of election security in the Texas Senate and the United States Congress and writes about election security for various publications, such as his March 2019 article in the Austin-American Statesman.
In addition to his role in the CS 35th Anniversary, he is presenting a lecture about Election Security in a pre-Homecoming event on Thursday evening, October 31, 2019.
Caleb Solano (B.S. ’13) is the CTO and co-founder of YouCustomizeIt. His full stack includes responsibility for all technology used at the company, from their proprietary eCommerce customization database applications to the individual computers and printers in their facility.
CS Alumni Profile: https://www.cs.rice.edu/solano