CIS Alumni Profiles

Victor Hanson-Smith portrait

Interview with Victor Hanson-Smith (Ph.D. 2012)

Dissertation Title Error and Uncertainty in Computational Phylogenetics Dissertation Abstract The evolutionary history of protein families can be difficult to study because necessary ancestral molecules are often unavailable for direct observation. As an alternative, the field of computational phylogenetics has developed statistical methods to infer the evolutionary relationships among extant molecular sequences and their ancestral sequences. Typically, the methods of computational phylogenetic inference and ancestral sequence reconstruction are combined with other non-computational techniques in a larger analysis pipeline to study the inferred forms and functions of ancient ...»

Rohit Prakash portrait

My Experience as a Masters Student in the UO CIS Department

Rohit Prakash graduated in the September 2012 with a masters degree in Computer Science. Before coming to the U of O, he spent the first 23 years of his life in Bangalore, India where he was born and raised. He completed his bachelor's degree in 2009 in Information Science from PESIT, Bangalore. He moved to the US to pursue his masters at the U of O in 2010. Here is Rohit's description of his experience in CIS: "During my 2 years of Masters study at UO CIS, I had the esteemed opportunity of working with great Professors, and had a wonderful experience under the mentorship and guidance of many Professors including Dr. Stephen Fickas, Dr. Chris Wilson, and Dr. Michael Young who were ...»

Megan Chinburg portrait

Profile: Megan Chinburg

Megan Chinburg, a 2003 graduate of CIS, is Vice President for Engineering at Cedexis, Inc.,a growing Portland area internet company. She previously held technical and management positions at Lunar Logic and Jive Software. We asked Megan to share some lessons from her career so far. Tell us a little bit about what Cedexis does, and the challenges and rewards of your work. Simply put, we're in the business of making the internet faster We're experts in multi-cloud, multi-provider solutions. We provide our customers with the ability to understand the real-time end-user experienced performance of their site (Radar). We also provide them with our hosted toolset that allows them to ...»

Elena Peterson portrait

2014 Commencement Speaker, Life After UO CIS

Elena Peterson received her bachelors degree in Computer and Information Science from the University of Oregon in 1990. Later that same year, she joined the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington and is currently a Senior Research Scientist in the Computational and Statistical Analytics Division. Ms. Peterson has led the research, development, and management of multiple cross-disciplinary, multi-laboratory projects focused in the fundamental sciences and national security sectors. Her work has included research and development of integration computational environments for bioinformatics, physics, computational chemistry, and cyber security. She is currently the ...»