VT CS alumni are all over, doing all kinds of interesting things. It’s fun to hear from some of them from time to time. For example, I ran into Caitlin Kelleher (BS, 1998) at a conference this summer. She has just finished her PhD at CMU where she was one of the major contributors to the <a href=’http://www.alice.org/’>Alice</a> project. Her dissertation work focused on better ways to introduce middle school girls to programming. This <a href=’http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/content/nov2006/id20061107_196348.htm’>BusinessWeek article</a> contains a nice summary of what Caitlin has been up to.
Another VT CS graduate who is doing well in graduate school is Megan Olsen (BS, 2005). Megan was recently awarded a prestigious <a href=’http://www.umass.edu/loop/talkingpoints/articles/33818.php’>scholarship</a> from the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and Google Inc. She is working in the area of biologically inspired computation at the University of Massachusetts