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Professional Development Seminar: Career Opportunities in Big Tech

Event Type
Professional Development
The Department of Computer Science
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Dec 9, 2020   5:00 pm  
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Many computer scientists spend their entire careers in large tech companies. Do you wonder what it would be like to do that long term? Might you get stuck on a project and have to change companies to stay excited about your work? Or maybe you're concerned that if you stay too long with one company that it would be hard to change later if you'd like to? Are you worried that you would only interact with other computer scientists? Or maybe you're not convinced that it's possible to have a life and also succeed in a place like this. This session will feature alums and recruiters who can share their perspectives from the trenches - come with your questions and they will do their best to answer them!


Corly Leung

Corly Leung graduated from UIUC with a BS/MS in Computer Science. While she was there, she helped plan HackIllinois, Sail, and was president of WCS. She interned at State Farm, Groupon, and Google, and is currently a Software Engineer at Google Lens - a visual search engine. She has worked on integrating third-party content, data quality, and visual search quality within Lens. During her time at Google, she has also been part of Google TechDay, a version of Splash, and have taken cooking, aerial silks, and acroyoga classes! 

Ellick Chan

Dr. Ellick Chan is passionate about bringing advanced artificial intelligence technology to students. He has taught deep learning in Northwestern's data science program for the past 3 years and he extends his commitment to AI education at Intel where he leads university relations and research worldwide for the Intel® AI Academy. Dr. Chan holds 3 computer science degrees and an MBA from the University of Illinois where he studied operating systems and security. He brings this deep technical expertise to optimize AI systems. Dr. Chan has also worked as a postdoc at Stanford University and as a deep learning consultant serving many industries including defense, automotive and healthcare.

Emily Tran

Emily Tran is a CS @ Illinois alumni, graduating with her bachelors in 2015. She is currently a Senior Program Manager on the Microsoft Office team, focused on natural user interfaces. This role involves collaborating with a team of other program managers, designers, engineers, and ML scientists to innovate on how digital pen and ink or voice solutions can enhance productivity and how we interact with modern computers. 

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