Alumni Connections Spring 2009

Alumni Connections

Tuomas Sandholm (Ph.D. '96) was named an ACM Fellow for his contributions to combinatorial auctions and mechanism design.

Brent Heeringa (Ph.D. '06), Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Williams College, was awarded a National Science Foundation grant for his work on "Models and Methods for Information Organization."

Andy Podgurski (Ph.D. '89) received media attention in Science Daily for his research on electronic health records. Professors Arnold Rosenberg and Lori Clarke co-chaired his Ph.D. thesis committee

Virtual Iron Software, Inc. announced that Steve Beckhardt (M.S. '74) was named as a founding member of the company's advisory board. Beckhardt is president of Red Brook Harbor Consulting, a software consulting and design firm. Previously, he was vice president of software engineering at ThingMagic, a company working in the area of RFID and intelligent embedded control systems.

Daniel Barrett (Ph.D. '98) has published MediaWiki, his seventh book, with O'Reilly Media, on programming and administering the software engine that powers Wikipedia. Barrett is currently Director of the Learning & Knowledge Management group at VistaPrint (

EnterpriseDB, a leading enterprise open source database company, announced that Larry Alston (B.S. '85) was named vice president of marketing and product management. Previously, he was the vice president and general manager at IONA. Earlier in his career, Alston was the vice president of products at Pantero. Prior to that, he was corporate officer and executive vice president of product management and marketing at eXcelon.

Mark Smucker (Ph.D. '08) and his wife Amy are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Vivienne, born on November 8, 2008.