Alumni News Briefs
Bemis’ startup acquired by Uber
Geometric Intelligence Inc., a machine learning startup co-founded by Doug Bemis, A.B. ’05 (computer science), was recently acquired by Uber.
The ride-hailing company incorporated the startup into its new research effort, Uber AI Labs, which seeks to use machine learning in areas such as self-driving cars, urban aviation, optimizing cities, and improving rider safety. Bemis, who had served as CTO at Geometric Intelligence since 2004, now serves as CTO of the Uber AI Lab.
Kerdok interviewed for woodworking feature
Amy Kerdok, Ph.D. ’06 (biomedical engineering) was featured in an article and radio program produced by San Francisco’s KALW local public radio station.
The story centers on a woodworking studio in Silicon Valley and highlights Kerdok’s work in the studio as a student learning the craft of woodworking with hand tools. Kerdok, a senior manager and clinical development engineer at Intuitive Surgical, said working with wood helps her find new perspectives.
Yassin's video blog featured in Reuters
Nuseir Yassin, A.B. ’14 (economics with a secondary in computer science) has been featured by Reuters in an article about his video blog, which is comprised of one-minute clips chronicling his travels around the world.
Yassin, who has been producing the videos daily for nearly 350 consecutive days, has built a viral following through his Nas Daily Facebook page. Some of his mini-films have earned more than 25 million views. He said the places he has visited, from Easter Island to the Philippines, have shown him that the world is much smaller than he ever imagined.
Photo by Alyne Tamir.
Haas named dean of UMass Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences
Laura Haas, A.B. ’78 (applied mathematics) has been named dean of the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Haas, director of the IBM Research Accelerated Discovery Lab, is known for her foundational research on information integration technology. She joined IBM in 1981 and was named IBM Fellow in 2009 in recognition of her career accomplishments. Haas founded the Research Accelerated Discovery Lab at IBM Research-Almaden in 2011.
She will assume her duties at CICS on Aug. 1.
Gualtieri named a Woman to Watch in Science and Technology
Lisa Gualtieri, Ph.D. '89 (computer science) has been named a "Woman to Watch in Science and Technology" by the Boston Business Journal.
Gualtieri, Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University, is founder and program director of RecycleHealth, a nonprofit that provides refurbished wearables to underserved populations to help improve their health and fitness. She is one of 10 women who received the 2017 awards, which recognize New England’s female technology and business leaders.