Careers & Alumni

What can you do with a degree in Computer Science? Some computer science graduates have moved into industry (as programmers) or entered graduate programs (from applied sciences to medicine to law).

Still others have pursued entrepreneurial/business routes, found a home in the evolving world of digital media, or used their computational skills to move into finance, banking, or health care.

Put simply, computer science serves as an entryway into just about every scientific and business-related field, and increasingly acts as an accelerator for success in academia and industry.

Careers By Area

(from the IEEE Computer Society)

"I found that being around so many intelligent and motivated people inspired me to think very big about what I wanted to do in my own life."

- Danielle Feinberg '96, Pixar

Artificial Intelligence

Develop computers that simulate human learning and reasoning ability.

Computer Architecture

Design new components and systems for everything from high-performance, networked parallel machines to low-cost and lowpower iPods.

Computer Design and Engineering

Design new computer circuits, microchips, and other electronic components.

Computer Theory

Investigate the fundamental theories of how computers solve problems, and apply the results to other areas of computer science.

Information Technology

Develop and manage information systems that support a business or organization.

Operating Systems and Networks

Develop the basic software that computers use to supervise themselves or to communicate with other computers.

Software Applications

Apply computing and technology to solving problems outside the computer field - in education or medicine, for example.

Software Engineering

Develop methods for the production of software systems on time, within budget

Alumni Stories

Salil Vadhan ’95

Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Harvard University

After completing his undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Computer Science at Harvard, Vadhan received a C.A.S. in Mathematics from Cambridge University (1996) and then went on to earn his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at MIT (1999).

His primary research interests are in computational complexity theory, cryptography, randomness in computation, and the interplay between these areas.

Gary Schermerhorn ’85

Co-Chief Operating Officer for the Technology Division of Goldman Sachs, with operational oversight of the division’s business units

Schermerhorn joined Goldman Sachs (in Equity Systems) in New York in 1990, and has headed technology for the NASDAQ Business Group as well as the Asset Management Group.

He became a managing director in 1998 and a partner in 2000. In addition to gaining a lifelong friendship with Harvard College Professor Harry Lewis, Schermerhorn also met his wife, Miriam Esteve ’85 (Applied Math), at Harvard. She now serves as Head of Operations and Technology for the Global Wealth Management Division of Citigroup.

Danielle Feinberg ’96

Lead lighting artist at Pixar Animation Studios

As lead lighting artist at Pixar Animation Studios, Feinberg led the team that rendered the aquatic universe in Finding Nemo, from the surge and swell of plant life to the bounce and pop of billions of bubbles. Her exposure to computer graphics began at age eight with designing spirographs in LOGO.

Today she has a list of future classics to her credit, including A Bug’s Life; Toy Story 2; Monsters, Inc.; and most recently, The Incredibles and WAL-E.

Even More

CS empowers you to solve problems in all sorts of domains. Here’s where alumni since 1984 can be found:

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