UT Department of Computer Science Advisory Council Mission

The UTCS Advisory Council is an external community of friends and alumni who support, advise, and assist the chair in accomplishing the college's academic and societal missions.  

As ambassadors, we:

  • Provide advice and counsel to the chair and department on important issues affecting the future of the department, programs and external affairs
  • Promote the mission by participating in new initiatives that extend our programs to the larger community 
  • Engage and actively support the fundraising efforts of the department
Nawafar Bitar

Nawaf Bitar

Nawaf Bitar is CIO of Citadel Securities where he leads all technology-related initiatives for the firm. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Plum, Inc and Pulse Secure, LLC, and is a Venture Partner at Allegis Capital.

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Ross Buhrdorf

Ross A. Buhrdorf has served as our Chief Technology Officer since July 2005. Prior to joining us, Mr. Buhrdorf served as Vice President of Engineering of BetweenMarkets, Inc., a platform for ensuring business-to-business information quality, from June 2004 to June 2005. From 2000 to 2004, Mr.

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Tara Estlin

Tara Estlin

Dr. Tara Estlin is a senior member of the Artificial Intelligence Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California where she performs research and development of planning and scheduling systems for rover automation.

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Deepak Hathiramani

Deepak Hathiramani

Deepak Hathiramani is Non-Executive Chairman of the Vistronix Board of Directors.  The founder and former CEO of Vistronix, he has more than 25 years of management and technical experience with privately-funded and venture-funded high-tech start-ups.

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Robert Hormuth

Robert Hormuth

Robert Hormuth is a Dell Fellow and Executive Director of Platform Architecture & Technology in the Enterprise Office of CTO at Dell.  Robert has 27 years in the computer industry.  Robert joined Dell in 2007 after 8 years with Intel and 11 years at National Instruments.

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Duncan Hudson

Duncan Hudson

As Chief Platform Officer for National Instruments, Duncan G. Hudson III is responsible for guiding the evolution of NI’s product platform and leading the R&D fellows.

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Amir Husain

Amir Husain

Amir Husain is a serial entrepreneur and inventor based in Austin, Texas. He is the Founder & CEO of SparkCognition, Inc. an award-winning Machine Learning/AI driven Cognitive Analytics Company, and serves on the Board of Advisors for IBM Watson.

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Farnam Jahanian

Farnam Jahanian

Farnam Jahanian began serving as provost of Carnegie Mellon University in May 2015. As the university's chief academic officer, Jahanian has broad responsibility for leading CMU's schools, colleges, institutes and campuses and is instrumental in long-range institutional and academic planning and

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Nagraj Kashyap

Nagraj Kashyap

Mr. Nagraj Kashyap serves on the Board of Brain Corporation. He is a Board Observer of Livescribe, Location Labs, Zeebo, and Obopay. He serves as a Board Observer of WaveMarket, Digit Wireless, and Digital Orchid. Mr. Kashyap serves as a Director of Avaak, Inc.

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Robert LeBlanc

Robert LeBlanc

Robert LeBlanc is Senior Vice President, IBM Cloud. In this role, he has global responsibility for IBM’s industry leading cloud portfolio of technology and services, including strategy, product design, offering development, marketing, sales, and service.

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Pierre Malko

Pierre Malko

Mr. Malko founded Dante in 1998 and has responsibility for overall strategy of the firm, the architecture direction of the Allegory Platform, and the day-to-day operations of Dante.

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Adriane McFetridge

Adriane McFetridge

VP, Payment Software Services, Verifone
March 2015 – Present (1 year 2 months)San Francisco Bay Area

Director, Product Management - CS, Trust & Safety, and Business Operations, StubHub
March 2014 – March 2015 (1 year 1 month)San Francisco Bay Area

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Tarun Nimmagadda

Tarun Nimmagadda

Tarun Nimmagadda is Co-CEO of Mutual Mobile, the product development and innovation agency he co-founded at the age of 22. A tinkerer and creative thinker, Tarun was an early believer in the promise of connected devices.

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Dheeraj Pandey

Dheeraj is the Founder, CEO & Chairman of Nutanix. He brings a wealth of experience of working at high growth enterprise software companies.

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Raghu Ramakrishnan

Raghu Ramakrishnan

Raghu Ramakrishnan is CTO for Data and a Technical Fellow in the Cloud and Enterprise (C&E) division at Microsoft.

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Mickey Ristroph

Mickey Ristroph

Mickey Ristroph guides Mutual Mobile’s research and development efforts for next-generation tools and platforms.

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Responsible for Amazon’s home page, product pages, and the checkout experience worldwide, across all devices (PC, phone, tablet). Previously, managed tech and product for Apparel/Shoes, MYHABIT (including launch), Bestsellers, Recommendations (customer who bought also … ), Consumer Electronics Tech and Automotive Tech.   Prior to Amazon, managed the technical consulting org at Zilliant, an enterprise pricing startup, in Austin Texas. Also worked for the Department of Defense building war games, integrating

Sean Scott

Responsible for Amazon’s home page, product pages, and the checkout experience worldwide, across all devices (PC, phone, tablet).

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Watts

Jerrell Watts

Dr. Jerrell Watts, Head of Algorithmic Trading, Citadel

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Gregg Zeitlin

Gregg Zeitlin

Mr. Gregg M. Zeitlin serves as Senior Managing Director and Partner at Reservoir Capital Group. Mr. Zeitlin Co-Founded Reservoir Capital Group in 1998. Prior to Reservoir, he was a Partner of Ziff Brothers Investments since 1997 and served as its Principal from 1995 to 1996.

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