Technology

Sit down and chat with College alumni about careers in computer science and technology. Touting degrees ranging from STEM+ fields to the arts and humanities, they’ve worked everywhere from startups to big business, in positions spanning software engineering, product, and data science to design, research, analytics, and technical architecture. No matter your major, these alumni are here to share how diverse backgrounds are still applicable in the world of technology—and how you can apply your education to modern innovative ventures.

Panel Participants

Emily Boggs, AB'11, MS'16 (University of Edinburgh)

Voice User Interface Designer, Amazon Alexa
Table: 109

Ms. Boggs graduated from the College in 2011 with a degree in Linguistics. While at the College, she was involved with the Phonology Laboratory, the Neighborhood Schools Program, and Kappa Alpha Theta. After graduating, Ms. Boggs worked for McMaster-Carr managing the contact center and then marketing research for four years. To transition into technology, she completed an MS in computer science focused on speech and language processing at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She then designed automated customer service telephone and chat bot systems at Nuance Communications before joining Amazon this summer. She currently lives in Seattle and designs conversational voice experiences for Alexa enabled devices. Her professional interests include artificial intelligence, speech recognition, machine learning, and human computer interaction.

Ben Collins-Sussman, SB'94

Engineering Director, Google
Table: 111

Mr. Collins-Sussman graduated the College in 1994 with a degree in Mathematics. In the College, he was active in University Theater, Off-Off Campus, and co-authored an original musical. He has since co-authored eight more musicals and won multiple theater design awards for music and sound, although his main career has been in software engineering. He co-authored the Subversion version control system, a book on engineering management, and in 2005 co-founded Google's engineering office in Chicago where he now serves as site director. He collects hobbies which tend to explore the tension between art and science. He has won awards for new computer interactive fiction games, has an extra-class FCC license for amateur radio, spends time doing semi-professional photography, sketches in ink and watercolors, and plays jazz piano and bluegrass banjo. He is a proud native of Chicago, where he still lives with his wife, kids, and cats.

Ben Jarso, AB'13

Product Manager, Facebook
Table: 112

Ben Jarso graduated from the college in 2013 with a degree in economics. After graduating, Ben worked at GraphScience then Placecast, two advertising technology start ups focused on targeting, measurement, and programmatic bidding. Ben then joined Uber, where he was a product manager working on their ad tech team. He now is a product manager at Facebook, working as a product manager on market dynamics for the facebook ads bidding platform. In between Netflix binges, Ben is an avid skier, a decent dog owner, and a bad golfer.

Ana Rocca, AB'06, PhD'15 (Economics)

Senior Data Scientist, Uber
Table: 113

Ana Rocca graduated from the College in 2006 with a degree in Economics. While at the College, she was involved as a mentor and director of W.Y.S.E. (Women and Youth Supporting Each Other). She is currently a Senior Data Scientist and Market Research Lead at Uber. After graduating, she worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago as an Associate Economist, and followed this by moving out West to California where she completed her Ph.D. in Economics at UC Berkeley. She worked on the 2012 Obama Campaign as a Modeling Analyst and, upon completion of her degree in 2015, joined Uber under their Market Research team. She currently lives and works in San Francisco.