GRADUCon 2020 - Careers in Software Engineering



One of the primary objectives of the panel will be to address how graduate students’ and postdocs’ quantitative skills and training will translate beyond the academic setting. This panel discussion will feature insights from several UChicago alums within the industry, addressing questions about how to position oneself effectively, how to network, and what it takes to get started on a path toward a rewarding career in software engineering.


Lionel Barrow, Director of Engineering, Tegus (MS, Computer Science, University of Chicago, 2015)

Lionel is the head of engineering at Tegus, a financial research startup in Chicago and a lecturer in the Master’s Program in Computer Science. Previously, he was an early engineer and senior engineering manager at Braintree, a payment processing company acquired by PayPal in 2013. He graduated from the MPCS in 2015.

Alyssa Cox, Software Engineer, Redshelf Inc (MS, Computational Analysis and Public Policy, University of Chicago, 2018)

Alyssa is currently a Software Engineer at Redshelf, an education software firm in Chicago, and has also worked as a Software Engineer for Capital One. While studying Public Policy as a UChicago undergrad, she discovered a love for programming and entered into the Harris School’s MSCAPP program as a dual-degree student. After completing the data science core of the CAPP program, she realized that she preferred working on software and application focused programming and took multiple elective classes in the MPCS program. In her current position, she builds efficient, large-scale software used by hundreds of thousands of students across the U.S.

Mayank Jindal, Software Engineer, Amazon (MS, Computer Science, University of Chicago, 2019)

I am a software development engineer at Amazon in Seattle. I graduated from the University of Chicago in December 2019 with a master’s degree in Computer Science. During my master’s program, I did summer internship at Goldman Sachs where I worked on building a full-stack web application. Before starting my masters program, I had a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering and some programming experience gained by online courses, personal projects and open source contributions.

Sangjin Lee, Senior Director of Engineering, Paypal Inc., (PhD, Physics, University of Chicago, 1996) 

Sangjin is currently a Senior Director at PayPal, leading the Container & Routing Platform team. Sangjin is an industry veteran of 20+ years at Silicon Valley, having previously worked at companies such as Netscape, Siebel Systems, eBay, and Twitter. As leader and individual contributor, Sangjin is steeped in wide-ranging areas of the infrastructure/platform engineering, from big data, storage platform, systems development, Java platform libraries, software development lifecycle ecosystem, and more. Sangjin has also been active in the open source software development and is a PMC member of the Apache Hadoop project. Sangjin holds a Ph.D degree in Physics from the University of Chicago.


Peter Vassilatos, Senior Lecturer, University of Chicago (MA, MS, Computer Science)


Please register for the event. Zoom details will be shared with registrants a day prior to the event.