School of Computing Alumni

The School of Computing (SoC) alumni network at DePaul’s College of Computing and Digital Media is nearly 18,000 strong. We are proud to be the alma mater to experts in the information technology industry. Below, we’ve highlighted just a few of our alumni who are using their SoC education to solve technology problems at work and beyond.

Featured Alumni

close up of Julie Holds  

Julie Simms Holder (MS Data Science ‘20)
Julie is a Senior Cybersecurity Supervision Specialist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. She received her master’s in Data Science from CDM in 2020, during which time she also began working more closely in cybersecurity, eventually moving to the financial sector. Julie appreciates opportunities where she is able to marry cybersecurity and data science to help understand trends and threats related to evolving technology. In fact, Julie is now back at DePaul in pursuit of her second master’s, this time in cybersecurity.


Eric Chiu (MS Human Computer Interaction '18)
Designer/Researcher, Nava
I encourage people to listen as hard and as long as they can. You might even listen so long that you’re sitting on your hands because you want to just start designing things or solving things—but you have to listen longer than you’re comfortable with. Helping people explore their own understanding of their worlds, that’s really important to me.

More Notable Alumni

  • John Akred, Data & Algorithms Engineering Director, Apple (MS Computer Science ‘02)
  • Karen Alkoby, Associate Professor at Gallaudet University and the first deaf woman to earn a PhD in CS (PhD Computer and Information Science ‘08, MS Information Systems ‘99)
  • Vince Anter, Founder and Producer, Amazon Prime’s V is for Vino webseries (BS Human Computer Interaction ‘10)
  • Gabriela Arizza, Lead Cybersecurity Specialist, Society of Actuaries (MS Information Systems ‘17)
  • Carlos Castro Herrera, Senior Software Engineer, Google (PhD Computer and Information Systems ‘11, MS Software Engineering ‘07)
  • Noel Diaz, Senior Network Manager, Bosch (MS Cybersecurity ‘07)
  • Ron Eisenstein, Engineering Team Lead, EverTrue (MS Information Systems ‘03)
  • Keith Forsythe, Director of Engineering, Meta (MS Computer Science ‘03)
  • Talal Ghafoor (BS CS ’23), Software Development Engineer, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Sanjay Gidwania, Chief Operating Officer, Copado (BS Information Systems ‘03)
  • Michael Gredlics, Lead Data Scientist, Harley-Davidson Financial Services (MS Data Science ‘13)
  • Benji Greenberg, Founder and CEO, BCV, a RateGain company (BS Information Systems ‘09)
  • Krassi Hristova, Senior Product Manager, Meta (MS Information Technology ‘12)
  • David Kalt, Chief Executive Officer, PangoBooks (former CEO and Founder, Reverb) (MS ’95, Computer Science and Software Engineering)
  • Tyler Keuch, Information Security Risk Management and Governance Analyst, TransUnion (BS Information Technology ‘23)
  • Elizabeth Kovick, Senior Manager, Global Security Fusion Center, Allstate (BS/MS ‘10, Cybersecurity and Networking)
  • Marcus Lofton, Cloud Engineer, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (BS Computer Science ‘20)
  • Mark Nauta, Game Director, Firaxis Games (MS Game Development ‘13)
  • Sadaf Pasha, Director, Health Economics, UnitedHealth Group (MS Data Science ‘14)
  • Connie Phan, Director of Software Engineering, CME Group (MS Software Engineering ‘12, BS Computer Science ‘04)
  • Sierra Sellman, Operations Excellence Manager, Amazon Web Services (MS Data Science ‘19)
  • Sohaj Shergill, Senior Analytics Manager, LinkedIn (MS Data Science ‘19)
  • Steven Slotwinski, Chief Technology Officer, Eclipse Gaming Systems (BS Computer Science ‘04)
  • Beth Steele, Director of Advanced Analytics, Spark Foundry (MS Data Science ‘15)
  • Aaren Stubberfield, Aaren Stubberfield - Senior Data Scientist, Microsoft (MS Data Science ‘15)
  • Philip Tibitoski, Founder/President, Young Horses Inc. (BS Game Development ‘12)
  • Sherry Wang, Senior Machine Learning Engineer, Aspirion (MS Data Science ‘15)
  • Ryan Wiemeyer, Owner/Co-Founder/Designer, The Men Who Wear Many Hats; Founder, Indie City Collective (BS Game Development ‘09)

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