Murad Kablan

Murad Kablan (PhDCompSci'17)

Murad, right, works at a whiteboard with fellow Stateless co-founder and CU Boulder faculty member Eric Keller. Why did you choose to study computer science? Computer science is a world of puzzles, and I am fascinated with solving the kinds of challenges, complexity and problem solving that come from this...

Adam Beguelin

Adam Beguelin (MCompSci'88, PhD'90)

Why did you choose to study computer science? I was always fascinated by computers and programming. I loved the fact that you could think up some idea and build it by just writing code. With programming you could do something not just describe it. You could create something new that...

Teresa Hogan

Teresa Hogan (CompSci'94)

Why did you choose to study computer science? When I was a sophomore in high school, my math teacher taught us a few rudimentary programming essentials in BASIC, and I enjoyed it a great deal. During that same year, I read an article in the newspaper that said people who...

Trent Hein

Trent Hein (CompSci'91)

Who or what had a strong effect on your interest/trajectory in computer science? The one person who influenced my career more than anyone was Professor Evi Nemeth. Evi was a force of nature and was always willing to help others learn and grow. I had the honor of being a...

Gregory Greenstreet

Gregory Greenstreet (MCompSci'92)

Why did you choose to study computer science? I fell into programming with BASIC in high school when bored in a calculus class and loved it. Who or what had a strong effect on your interest or trajectory in computer science? Meeting people like Martin Fowler, Kent Beck, Joel Spolsky...

Pamela Drew

Pamela Drew (Math'85, MCompSci'87, PhD'91)

Why did you choose to study computer science? I chose computer science as I graduated with my undergraduate (BA in math) from CU Boulder in 1985. I had taken a couple of programming courses and found I was “fairly” good at it. A main driver for choosing it as a...

Dave Kasik

Dave Kasik (MCompSci'72)

I grew up in Denver (a Regis High grad) and started computer science in 1968 as an undergrad at Johns Hopkins. By way of context, Hopkins and Baltimore taught me as much about life as computer science. The East Coast was filled with demonstrations against the Vietnam War and assassinations...

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Zach Nies (CompSci'95)

Why did you choose to study computer science? I starting programming when I was 9 and started my first software business when I was 13. I knew pretty early in life that I was going to study computer science. Who had a strong effect on your interestor trajectory in computer...

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Steve Wehrend (Math'84, MCompSci'90, PhD'02)

Why did you choose to study computer science? As an undergrad, I didn’t initially care for computer science. This was partially due to primitive technology (e.g., programming on cards and slow mainframes), but mostly due to my not seeing a connection between the information I was learning and how I...

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Lucy Sanders (MCompSci'79)

Who or what had a strong effect on your interest/trajectory in computer science? My father worked in an early data center with large mainframe computers, so I had a lifelong familiarity with computing. My interest was further formed by my high school advanced math teacher; she taught us not only...

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