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. The Department extends thanks to past members of the board for their service.
Advisory Board Members
Board Chair: 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.
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.
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.
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.
Gregory Hinkle, VP of Research Informatics, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
Dr. Gregory Hinkle established research informatics at Alnylam in 2007 and is responsible for all aspects of in-silico design of RNAi therapeutics as well as the compute infrastructure to support large-scale human genetics. Prior to joining Alnylam, he established the bioinformatics group within the RNAi platform at the Broad Institute and worked in the bioinformatics groups of Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Cereon Genomics.
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, VP of Engineering, HaulHub
Bill Langenberg is the VP of Engineering for HaulHub, a Boston-based startup providing a software platform that powers material hauling for the construction industry. A former engineering leader at TripAdvisor, Bill managed several teams spanning new products, advertising, 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.
Jim Lawton, VP of Product and Applications Management, Universal Robots
Experienced in both start-up and F500 companies, Jim Lawton’s career has focused on transforming manufacturing with solutions that capitalize on the intersection of technology and business performance. Today at Universal Robots, he brings the power of software and advanced analytics to the field of collaborative robots. Jim holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Sunita Sayana Lokuge, Owner, Sayana Coaching, and CEO, SmartlyU Inc.
Sunita Sayana Lokuge is the owner of Sayana Coaching, where she coaches executives, individuals, and small business owners to transform their career and life. She is also the CEO of SmartlyU, a social emotional learning platform for children in grades K-8. SmartlyU is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and reaches schools nationally. Sunita holds a B.S. in Engineering from PDA College of Engineering, India, and an M.S. degree in Computer Science from Tufts University.
Erica Mintzer, Senior Counsel
Erica Mintzer is Senior Counsel for a federal government agency where she focuses on civil investigations and competition policy involving high-technology, media, telecommunications and other IP-intensive industries. Her work has focused on areas including cybersecurity, big data, AI, online platforms, innovation policy and intellectual property. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Tufts University (Political Science), before receiving a law degree from The University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. from The California Institute of Technology.
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.
Ilia Papas, Founder, Blue Apron
Ilia Papas co-founded Blue Apron and as CTO, over seven years built a 200-person engineering, product, design, IT, analytics, and data science organization producing custom e-commerce and supply chain software. He also briefly oversaw HR and Operations. Previously, Papas was a director and technical architect at Optaros in Boston, where he led Walmart.com
Taylor H. Perkins, Senior Software Engineer, Braintree a PayPal Service
Taylor H. Perkins works at Braintree, where he works on integration of Venmo and other emerging payments products. Before PayPal, he led the payments and fulfillment team at Gametime.co, a leader in the event ticketing industry. He also co-founded Taggstr and worked at other small startups in the Boston area prior to moving to San Francisco. Taylor received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University.
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.
Mihir Shah, Enterprise Head of Data Strategy & Architecture, Fidelity Investments
Mihir Shah's current focus is on building a next generation data-as-a-service-platform to enable digital transformation across Fidelity's multiple businesses. Prior to this, he was Head of Enterprise Architecture for Fidelity and the Chief Technology Officer for Fidelity's Asset Management business. He received his bachelor of engineering degree from Karnataka University and his MBA in marketing and finance from Bombay 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.