Wiliam LeFebvre has been using Unix & Internet technologies since 1983. He is currently the chief architect for ifThen, a web design and development company. William designs and creates scalable and resilient production web environments, DevOps processes, continuous integration and continuous deployment solutions, cloud services, test automation frameworks, performance metrics, and monitoring. He was a founding partner in Digital Valence with Monty Mullig and has worked with many clients including Comcast, Synacor, Coca Cola, and AT&T. Previously, William was a Technology Fellow at Turner Broadcasting where he designed system architectures for many of Turner’s high-volume websites including CNN.com, Money.com, SI.com, NASCAR.com & CartoonNetwork.com. William ran his own consulting business in the late 1990’s, helping companies with Unix systems & Internet technologies, and teaching Cisco classes as a certified Instructor. Previously William worked at Argonne National Laboratory designing and installing classified networks for the US Army in the Pentagon and Seoul, South Korea. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1983 and a Master of Science degree in 1987, both from Rice University.
Jacy Grannis, BA ’99, is the Vice President for Investment Bank Technology at JPMorgan Chase. His experience has can be summarized as high quality design and execution of software systems. He blends strong objected-oriented design principles with innovative and high quality problem solving abilities, and his current and future emphasis is on framework design and development.
Specialties: Architecture and design, OOA&D, Java, concurrent programming, framework development, performance optimization, innovation.
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
Alisha Stupp (BA ’18) is a Software Engineer at Google. She took her first Rice Computer Science course as a sophomore and declared CS as a major during her second course. She said, “I liked the application of math and logic to projects in COMP 140 – it was a nice balance for the pure math in my other major. I really enjoyed the discrete math in COMP 182.”
During the department’s 35th anniversary, she’ll be talking about what she found useful in her Rice CS experience. Stupp advised prospective CS students to plan ahead. “I wish I’d started earlier, in order to take more electives later on. Of all the majors, CS is the one that most resembles a ladder. Every step builds up another foundation. If you plan well, you can get those early foundation courses in a place and still have time to plan where you want your ladder to lead,” she said.
Read her CS student profile to learn more about her internship and startup experiences while at Rice.