CS External Advisory Board
The role of the External Advisory Board (EAB) is to provide input and guidance to the Department of Computer Science to achieve our mission of providing top-quality educational experiences for our students, advancing the state of knowledge through cutting-edge research, and finding solutions to important societal challenges.
The board consists of professionals from academia and industry. Based on nominations provided by CS faculty and EAB members, the Department Chair appoints members to serve three-year renewable terms. The board meets twice per year.
Advisory Board Members
Theophilus Benson, Assistant Professor, Brown University
Theophilus Benson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Brown University. He works on designing frameworks and algorithms for solving practical networking problems with an emphasis on speeding up the internet, improving network reliability, and simplifying network management. He received his B.S. from Tufts University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Jeff D'Amelia, Co-Department Head and Senior Principal Engineer, The MITRE Corporation
Jeffrey D’Amelia is a Co-Department Head and Senior Principal Engineer at The MITRE Corporation, where he leads a department of 55 engineers specializing in advanced networking technologies and security. His responsibilities include strategy development, workforce shaping, external outreach and oversight of multiple customer work programs. He earned both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from Tufts University.
Sue Decker, CEO and Founder, Raftr
Susan (Sue) Decker is the CEO and co-founder of Raftr, a private social network for college students to get current on campus happenings and connect with each other around common interests. She also currently offers advisory services to corporations and serves on the boards of directors of Berkshire Hathaway Corporation, Costco Wholesale Corporation, SurveyMonkey, Vail Resorts, and Vox Media, Incorporated. Decker holds a B.S. from Tufts University, with a double major in computer science and economics; and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Winnona DeSombre, Threat Intelligence Researcher, Recorded Future
Winnona DeSombre is an Asia Pacific threat intelligence researcher at Recorded Future, focusing on sourcing Chinese underground forums and doing long-term nation state research. She studied Computer Science and International Security at Tufts University. She has served as President of the Tufts Women in Computer Science and Secretary for Sigma Iota Rho’s Beta Chi Chapter, Tufts University’s International Relations honor society.
Karen Donoghue, Interaction Architect, HumanLogic
Karen Donoghue is a noted expert in the design of human computer interaction for enterprise security and device management. Since 2017, she has been working with SecurityScorecard as a product design consultant and advisor on next-generation product design strategy. She earned an M.S. at the MIT Media Laboratory and a B.S. in Computer Science from Tufts University, where she has taught in the Department of Computer Science.
Kathi Fisler, Professor (Research) and Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, Brown University
Kathi Fisler is a Professor (Research) at Brown University and a co-director of Bootstrap, a national-scale K-12 outreach program that integrates introductory CS into math, physics, and social science classes. Currently, she studies how students and K-12 teachers learn formal aspects of programming, such as semantics, testing, and modeling.
Elena Jakubiak, Principal Software Engineer, iRobot
Elena Jakubiak received an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Tufts University. During her Ph.D., and for several years after, she worked at the Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratory (MERL) on rendering technologies. Following MERL, she joined the Microsoft Azure Machine Learning team. Currently, she works at iRobot on applications of Deep Learning in Robotics.
Bill Langenberg, Senior Technical Manager of Engineering, TripAdvisor
Bill Langenberg is the VP of Engineering for HaulHub, a Boston-based startup that provides software logistic solutions to the heavy construction industry. From 2011 through 2018, he managed several teams at TripAdvisor, most recently building out and rapidly scaling new advertising platforms. He has experience improving and building account security, membership, and community-driven features. Prior to TripAdvisor, he worked at other startups and small companies in the Boston area. Bill has given several tech talks at Tufts to provide real-life experience to CS students, and he led engineering recruiting at Tufts while at TripAdvisor. He graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Tufts.
Mark Lieberman, President and CEO, Viamedia
Mark Lieberman joined Viamedia, the country's largest independent TV advertising management solutions company, as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2014 after an extensive career in the media and technology industry. Previously, he was the Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of TRA, a leading media analytics, software, and research technology firm. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University.
Art Papas, Founder and CEO, Bullhorn
As Bullhorn’s Founder and CEO, Art Papas was the original architect of Bullhorn’s flagship Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, which now helps more than 7,000 companies around the world run their businesses. He is the Chairman of the Board at Career Collaborative, which teaches unemployed and under-employed adults how to build careers. He is a graduate of Tufts University, holding a B.S. degree in Mathematics.
Thomas Ryden, Executive Director, MassRobotics
Thomas Ryden is the Executive Director of MassRobotics, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the robotics community and help grow the next generation of robotics and connected device companies. He is the co-chairman of the robotics cluster of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont and an MBA from Bentley University.
Liz Salowitz, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
Liz Salowitz is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, currently working on Windows Shell and File Explorer. At Microsoft, Liz is involved in user research, functional design and dev architecture decisions, recruiting and interviewing, mentoring, and various women's groups within Microsoft. She bases all feature decisions in user research and inclusive design principles, and she works to foster an environment in which all voices are heard. She has a B.S. in Computer Science and Spanish from Tufts University.
Ajahne Santa Anna, Vice President of Technology & Engineering, TrueChoice Solutions
Ajahne Santa Anna has previously held positions in software development and design at a number of technology companies and interactive agencies, including AKQA and Renegade Marketing. His experience includes web and mobile application development for Comcast, Panasonic, the City of New York, as well as many other Fortune 500 clients and leading brands. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from Tufts University.
Patrick Schmid, CTO, ACT.md
After being introduced to computational biology at Tufts, Patrick Schmid completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in the Computer Science department at MIT and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He leads the ACT.md engineering team in his role as CTO of the company. He received a B.S. in Computer Science from Tufts University.
Michael Sparandara, Google Hardware UX Design and Research Lead, Google
Michael Sparandara is the Google Hardware UX Design and Research Lead. He leads a team of approximately 30 employees and contractors, working across design, writing, user research, and human factors. He completed a B.S. in Computer Science at Tufts University and an M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University.
Douglas Stetson, Associate Leader of the Cyber System Assessments Group, MIT Lincoln Lab
Douglas Stetson is responsible for the management of research and development of technology and systems in support of test and evaluation, system analysis and exploitation for malicious software analysis, and the red-teaming of cyber systems in support of government programs. He received an S.B. degree in Mathematics with Computer Science from MIT in 1990 and an M.S. degree in Computer Science from Tufts University in 2005.
Yuki Zaninovich, Software Development Engineer, Amazon
Yuki Zaninovich works as a software development engineer at Amazon in Seattle as a member of the Alexa Engine organization. His passions lie in the field of machine learning. He was involved in the Tufts CS community as an Algorithms TA, JumboCode President, ExCollege Peer Teacher, and Halligan Napper. He received his B.S. in Computer Science from Tufts University in 2018.