Immigrant Computer Scientists

Immigrant Computer Scientists

Prominent and distinguished Computer Scientists from academia and industry narrate their personal experiences of immigrating from where they grew up, to a completely different land (often the US), for study, work, or other reasons. The Immigrant Computer Scientists podcast, featuring these oral history interviews, is intended for a general audience, and does not require you to know Computer Science or Math or any science, or even be an immigrant! We neither draw conclusions nor take sides in any political debate—this podcast documents experiences. Listen, Enjoy, Learn! For more information and episode guides visit: http://csimmigrant.org/

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November 18, 2021 94 min

Episode 13: Interview with Jelani Nelson, Professor of EECS at UC Berkeley. Grew up in US Virgin Islands, where an overwhelming majority of population is Black and the educational ethos is very different from the mainland US 50 states. He also created two successful international CS programs for high schoolers: AddisCoder and USVICoder,  in Ethiopia and US Virgin Islands. MIT PhD 2011.  

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Episode 12: Interview with Amr El Abbadi, Professor of CS at UCSB. Immigrant, in the 1980s, from Egypt and Lebanon. Son of famous historians and academics. 

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November 3, 2021 73 min

Episode 11: Interview with Fadel Adib, MIT Professor. MIT PhD. Entrepreneur. Humanitarian. Immigrant from Lebanon.

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October 27, 2021 82 min

Episode 10: Interview with Soodeh Farokhi, Entrepreneur and founder of successful companies in Iran and Canada (C2RO), with a PhD in between from Austria. Topics include women entrepreneurs in STEM,  immigrants as entrepreneurs, whether a PhD maketh a better entrepreneur, deciding not to immigrate to US.

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October 20, 2021 86 min

Episode 9: Two young and successful entrepreneurs originally from Iran and Lebanon, now residing in Canada and US. One - she has founded successful startups in both Iran and Canada, with a PhD from Austria in between. She is from Iran. Two - he is a Professor of Computer Science at MIT. He is from Lebanon. 

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October 13, 2021 63 min

Episode 8. Interview with Rodrigo Fonseca, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research. Formerly: Tenured Associate Professor of Computer Science, Brown University. Nationwide topper among 42K students of Brazil entrance exam to UFMG. Twice immigrant from Brazil to US, in 1990s (high school exchange student) and 2000s (PhD and work).

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October 6, 2021 92 min
Episode 7. Interview with Dilma da Silva, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. Co-founder of "Latinas in Computing", ACM SIGOPS CARES Committee Chair. Formerly: head of the CSE Dept. at Texas A&M, Researcher at IBM Research.  Also former Professor in Brazil. Twice immigrant from Brazil to US, in 1990s (PhD) and 2000s (work).

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September 30, 2021 74 min

Episode 6. Interview with Rico Malvar, Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft. US National Academy of Engineering Member, and IEEE Fellow. Formerly: Managing Director of Microsoft Research, Chief Scientist for Microsoft Research. Also former Professor in Brazil. Twice immigrant from Brazil to US, in 1980s (PhD) and 1990s (work).

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September 23, 2021 77 min

Episode 5. To and fro between Brazil and US. To and fro between industry and academia. Immigration stories from three computer scientists from immigrated from Brazil in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. And went to and fro between being academic faculty and working in industry. Featuring: Rico Malvar (NAE Member, IEEE Fellow, former Microsoft Research Director), Dilma da Silva (Professor at Texas A&M, Co-Founder of Latinas in Comput...

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September 15, 2021 79 min

Episode 4. Interview with Dejan Milojicic, Distinguished Technologist at Hewlett Packard Labs. IEEE Fellow and ACM Distinguished Scientist. Leader in the Cloud Computing and Middleware Systems community. Immigrant from Yugoslavia to Germany for PhD and then to  US for work in the mid 1990s.

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September 8, 2021 67 min

Episode 3. Interview with Jelena Mirkovic, Research Associate Professor at University of Southern California and Information Sciences Institute (ISI). Leader in the security and networking field, and in building the well-known DeterLab testbed. Immigrant from Yugoslavia to the US for her PhD in 1998, went to high school and university in Belgrade during the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s.

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September 1, 2021 81 min

Episode 2. Interview with Nenad Medvidovic, Professor of Computer Science at University of Southern California. IEEE Fellow, ACM Distinguished Scientist. Leader in  Software Engineering research community. Twice-Immigrant from Yugoslavia to  US in high school and for Bachelors degree in 1980s.

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August 26, 2021 57 min

Episode 1. Immigration stories from two Professors of Computer Science, and a Distinguished Technologist in Tech Industry. Featuring: Nenad Medvidovic (IEEE Fellow, Professor at USC), Jelena Mirkovic (Research Professor at USC), and Dejan Milojicic (IEEE Fellow, Distinguished Technologist at HP Labs). All three were immigrants from Yugoslavia.

For more information and episode guides visit: http://csimmigrant.org/ 



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