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Professional Development Seminar: Career Opportunities in Big Tech

Event Type
Professional Development
Illinois Computer Science
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May 5, 2021   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!


Speaker Biographies

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.

Joanne Kao

Joanne Kao is a software engineer at Facebook in San Francisco. Over the past three years she has worked on bullying & harassment, voter empowerment, social impact, and UI infrastructure for Instagram. Joanne is originally from the Chicago suburbs and graduated with a Bachelors in CS at UIUC in 2013. 

Fernanda Richnak

I am a Program Manager on the Outlook team at Microsoft in Redmond, WA. Over the past ten years I've focused on building delightful end-user experiences for Office 365, Microsoft Store, and Outlook. I am originally from Brazil, and grew up in Champaign-Urbana. I graduated with a Bachelors in CS at UIUC in 2010. I am passionate about increasing diversity in technology. While at UIUC I was President of Women in Computer Science (WCS) and co-founded Latinos in Computer Science (LCS).

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