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IIT Computer Science Prominent Graduates

Graduates of the Department of Computer Science are being recognized continuously for their achievements, from founding Linksys to being chief scientist at Twitter. On this page we list a few of our most prominent graduates. See our companion page for researchers from before the founding of the department.

Andrea Berry

Rajeev Chandrasekhar

Abdur Chowdhury

Jack J. Dongarra

Cheryl Hyman

Loretta Moore
Victor Tsao


Andrea L. Berry (CS ’84)

Andrea Berry is the senior vice president, Broadcast Operations, Fox Network Engineering & Operations in Los Angeles. Her team is responsible for all Fox broadcast operations and transmissions that support the Fox network and its cable entities. Previously, she was responsible for the remote technical operations of the live broadcasts of major sporting events for Fox and Fox Sports Net, including high-profile events such as the Super Bowl and World Series. Her teams have won Emmy awards for Outstanding Technical Team Remotes.

After graduating from IIT, Berry joined CBS as studio technical manager at its New York broadcast center. She later became a field technical manager, working on such events as presidential inaugurations, the Winter Olympics, and telecasts for the National Football League, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, and National Collegiate Athletic Association. In the early 1990s, she returned to Chicago for two years as director of technical operations at CBS owned-and-operated WBBM-TV Chicago before moving to Fox.

Berry is a member of the IIT Board of Trustees, the College of Science Board of Overseers, and the IIT Alumni Association Board. She helped organize IIT’s Nate Thomas Tribute Weekend, a gathering of African-American alumni and friends mentored by Thomas in the 1970s and 1980s.


Rajeev Chandrasekhar (M.S. ’88)

Just a few years after graduating from IIT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar was part of the Intel team that designed the trailblazing Pentium chip. He also was a senior design engineer on the team that designed the 32-bit 80486 microprocessor. Chandrasekhar went on to found India’s premier mobile phone service provider, BPL Mobile, which facilitated the widespread use of the cell phone and transformed telecommunications in his home country.

He then founded and is currently chair and chief executive officer of Jupiter Capital, a venture development, management, and investment company focusing on infrastructure, media, and technology ventures. Chandrasekhar is a member of India’s Parliament representing Bangalore, Karnataka, and was recently elected president of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Previously, he served on the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry and the Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Information Technology for the Government of India. For enhancing IIT’s reputation as an international technology and entrepreneurship leader, Chandrasekhar was honored with the 2007 IIT Global Service Award.


Abdur Chowdhury (Ph.D. ’01)

Abdur Chowdhury was most recently Chief Scientist for Twitter. Prior to that, Chowdhury co-founded Summize, a real-time search engine that was sold to Twitter in 2008. He has held positions at AOL as Chief Architect of Search Product, in the computer science department at Georgetown University, and in the University of Maryland's Institute for Systems Research. His research interests lie in Information Retrieval, focusing on making information accessible.


Jack J. Dongarra (M.S. ’73)

Jack Dongarra is University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the University of Tennessee and directs their Innovative Computing Laboratory and their Center for Information Technology Research. He specializes in numerical algorithms in linear algebra, parallel computing, the use of advanced-computer architectures, programming methodology, and tools for parallel computers. He has approximately 200 publications and is coauthor of several books. He has received numerous awards including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Sid Fernbach Award, the IEEE Medal of Excellence in Scalable Computing, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Special Interest Group on Supercomputing's award for Career Achievement, and the IEEE IPDPS 2011 Charles Babbage Award. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing machinery, IEEE, and SIAM and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


Cheryl Hyman (CS ’96)

As chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago, Cheryl Hyman is responsible for managing a budget of more than $650 million and 5,800 employees, as well as ensuring the success of more than 120,000 students annually. Hyman is a graduate of Olive-Harvey College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. She holds an Executive M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, an M.A. in community development from North Park University and a B.S. in computer science from IIT.

Prior to her appointment as chancellor, Hyman served as vice president, Operations Strategy and Business Intelligence, ComEd, an Exelon company. She joined ComEd in 1996 and held positions in various departments of the company, including Community Relations, Information Technology, and Transmission and Distribution.


Loretta Moore (M.S. ’86, Ph.D. ’91)

After working for AT&T Bell Laboratories, Loretta Moore entered academia and has played a principal role in research with the Department of Homeland Security, the National Science Foundation and NASA, among other organizations. She is a professor and department chair of computer science at Jackson State University and a leader in efforts to increase the number of African Americans with Ph.Ds in computer science. Her research interests include intelligent systems, software systems design, data and information management, and computer security and forensics.


Victor Tsao (M.S. ’80)

Victor Tsao and his wife, Janie, started Linksys in their garage in Irvine, Calif., in 1988, and sold it 15 years later for $500 million to Cisco Systems. The company had become the leading provider of networking hardware for homes and small businesses. It was named one of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in North America seven consecutive times by Inc. Magazine. In 2006, it shipped 25 million wireless routers.

Tsao has won numerous entrepreneurship awards, including Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004. He was named one of the Top 10 most influential Asian American business leaders by the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce in 2005. Tsao received the 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year award from the International Leadership Foundation and the IIT Professional Achievement Award in 2007.