Alumni Update

Submissions from 2011

Aaron Quinlan '97 (BS - Computer Science)  In January of 2011, I started a tenure track faculty position at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in the Center for Public Health Genomics.  Owing to tremendous technological advances in DNA sequencing, the study of genetics has become intensely computational.  Briefly, my laboratory develops new computational and statistical techniques for characterizing genetic variation in the context of human disease.  To put it mildly, my computer science training at William and Mary is fundamental to my research.  (9/11)

Dave Sobel '97 (BS-Computer Science) Evolve Technologies, the IT services and consulting company I founded while I was still a student at W&M, has continued to do well. We're currently projecting 30 percent revenue growth for 2011 and kicked off the year in a new office in the DC Metro Area with a strong new class of recent hires. It's been a good few years for the company, despite the economy.

I was recently named one of the top 10 Microsoft MVPs by Redmond Channel Partner.  Additionally, I was invited to join the Channel Vanguard Council and named a SMB Top 150 Influential Person.  That's just this year.  In 2010, I was named to the MSPmentor 250 for the third consecutive year.  I also received the Kaseya Cutting Edge Award and the Heartland Technology Group's (HTG's) Spirit Award.  I've been very involved in HTG and have helped expand the group to the U.K. and Australia, proving that sharing is still a valued trait even in the business world.

As if all of that hasn't kept me busy enough, I published my first book, Virtualization: Defined; A Primer for the SMB Consultant.  I continue to speak across the country and worldwide on cloud computing and virtualization and the their impact on SMBs.

I'll be in Williamsburg this year for Homecoming (having had to miss it the past several years for industry events) and I look forward to being able to catch up with everyone then.  (9/11)

Raelene Wagoner '87 (BS - Computer Science)  In 1987, I joined SRA International, an IT consulting firm in the Federal market place.  I was recruited though the W&M on-campus recruiting program.  I had a 15 year career as a Software Engineer and Project/Program Manager at firms SRA and at EDS.  My interest in W&M was tied to the liberal arts curriculum that allowed me to be well-rounded and not just a techie.  I was also a music minor at W&M.  Over ten years ago, I did a career shift to Human Resources. After many years of managing people, I felt a calling to the human capital  side of the business.  I share my story because I feel that W&M did a fabulous job preparing me for not just a technical job, but for multiple careers.

I was excited to receive your email on May 18th with updates within the CS department at W&M.  Our firm, Customer Value Partners, is a consulting company, located in the Washington DC area.  We perform both management and IT consulting engagements for both the federal and commercial market places.  We are a small firm, offering college hires the chance to have big impact on our business.  We recruited on campus at W&M this past Spring.  We plan to again recruit during the next school year.  (5/11)

David Walls '88 (BS - Computer Science) (http://www.funkitron.com/) My game company just released a new type of Solitaire casual game. Solitaire Kingdom Supreme can be found here: http://www.funkitron.com/games/solitaire_kingdom_supreme.(5/11)

Ray Powell '78 (BS - Computer Science) In our two-man IT department at CV International, a maritime transportation logistics company located in Norfolk, VA, I work 24x7 in a very much hands-on fashion to maintain the IT infrastructure that supports over 55 employees spanning four offices; there is little time to spare since we are responsible for all network administration and help desk support; even so,on March 15th I volunteered to help host a booth for the Career and Technical Education Fair located at the Portsmouth, VA Tidewater Community College Campus where I met several aspiring students, some of whom were able to articulate clearly-defined career paths (aeronautical engineering, and nursing) and some who were clueless as to where their passions lay; but no matter, it was exciting to talk with the students about their future career plans! (3/11)

John Moore '91 (BS - Computer Science/BS - Mathematics) My experience at W&M prepared me for the many challenges in my career. I started with development and IT implementations in the DoD space but eventually moved on to supply chain consulting. These opportunities took me to places from Morgantown, WV to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Sarasota, FL and many places in between. Currently, I am Director of Business Development for Zirous. We implement Oracle Middleware technologies throughout the Midwest and Northwest. I am encouraged to hear that CS enrollment is up at W&M as our biggest challenge is finding capable people.

Lives in Minnesota. (3/11)

Dipti Ramnarain '03 (BS - Computer Science/BA - Government) After graduation, I worked for Raytheon, a defense contractor, as a software engineer. In that capacity, I worked with unmanned air vehicles, mainly the Global Hawk, and got to go work in the field with the Air Force as well. In addition, I participated in a few business development projects. I then went back to school and graduated from UVA Law in May 2010. I am currently clerking in Richmond and studying for the patent bar. I loved my time at William & Mary and my background in computer science has enabled me to work with cutting edge technology, both as a software engineer and as a lawyer. (3/11)

Paul Viola '89 (BS - Computer Science) I have been in the Northern Virginia area since graduation. I worked four years for a small company called Statistica doing Ada work. From there I spent five years in KPMG's Federal Group doing a variety of IT work, mostly Data Warehousing the last two years. I have spent the past eleven years with General Dynamics. I am currently a Senior Oracle Database Administrator working on a project that has a 14 Terabyte Oracle database. I haven't seen any Pascal since I graduated but the Ada syntax was very similar so that helped me land my first job in the field. I did not make it back to homecoming this year but I did make a two night trip to Williamsburg with my wife in November. It was great to eat at the Cheese Shop again and walk around the campus although I have to admit that I felt very old having a drink at Paul's Deli.

I am currently living in Annandale, VA with my wife Janice and our three sons. (2/11)

Beth Howell Groundwater '78 (BS - Computer Science) After graduation, I worked as a software engineer for a small company for two years in Northern Virginia, then started a long and productive career with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a software engineer and project manager, culminating in running a small office of 14 people in Colorado Springs, CO. I also earned my MS degree in Software Engineering in 1983 from Virginia Tech. I retired early in 1999 and started pursuing my second career as a mystery novelist. I write two series. The first is the Claire Hanover gift basket designer series, with two books out so far: A Real Basket Case, 2007, and To Hell in a Handbasket, 2009. The second series is the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Adventures series starring whitewater river ranger Mandy Tanner, with the first book, Deadly Currents, due out in March, 2011. I have contracts for two book releases a year in the foreseeable future. I have found that many mystery authors are former engineers, and I think an interest in puzzles, design, and problem solving is a must for both pursuits. (2/11)