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Panel 12:40 - 1:40

How to be a successful PhD student and transition to a great job
  • Marie desJardins (UMBC)
  • Mark Dredze (JHU)
  • Claudia Pearce (DoD)
  • Ian Soboroff (NIST)
  • Hanna Wallach (UMass)
Marie desJardins is a full professor of computer science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with research interests in artificial intelligence and computer science education.  She has graduated 10 Ph.D. students and 25 M.S. students and has supervised 50 undergraduate research projects, and is frequently asked to participate in mentoring and outreach events.

Mark Dredze is an assistant research professor at Johns Hopkins University and a researcher in the Human Language Technology Center of Excellence. He already has a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, but thinks a lot about how he would do it all again.

Claudia Pearce received a PhD in CS in 1994 from UMBC. Her area if research is information retrieval and text processing systems. Over the years she has been a practicing researcher and a research manager in this area. In her current position, she developes technical health programs for computer scientists.

Ian Soboroff is the manager of the Retrieval Group at NIST, where he conducts research on measuring the effectiveness of search, NLP, and video systems. He received his Ph.D. from UMBC in January 2001.

Hanna Wallach is an assistant professor in the School of Computer Science at UMass Amherst and a core faculty member in UMass's newly-formed computational social science research initiative. In her not-so-spare time, Hanna (or Logistic Aggression, as she is better known) likes to put on roller skates and hit people really, really hard.