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Ph.D. Connections Conference: Career Panel—Technology

April 7, 2021, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT

Panelists from Google, Microsoft Research, and Facebook will share lessons learned from their own career paths and provide insights into applying your Ph.D. in the technology industry.


Elnaz Ansari

Research Scientist, Facebook

Elnaz Ansari has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and is currently a research scientist in Facebook Reality Labs, working on new hardware architectures for AR/VR applications. Prior to Facebook, and right after graduate school, Ansari joined Microsoft Research to work on quantum controllers and cryogenic logics.

Alexandra Olteanu

Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research

Alexandra Olteanu is a social computing and responsible AI researcher. Currently, she is a principal researcher in the Fairness, Accountability, Transparency, and Ethics (FATE) Group. She is interested in how data biases and methodological limitations delimit what we can learn from online social traces, and how we can make the systems that leverage such data safer, fairer, and generally less biased. The problems she tackles are often motivated by existing societal challenges such as hate speech, racial discrimination, climate change, and disaster relief. Olteanu holds a Ph.D. (2016) from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.

Umang Varma

Software Engineer, Google

Umang Varma completed his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Michigan in 2019, working under Professor Anna Gilbert. As his dissertation neared completion, Varma grew interested in incorporating his long-time hobby, coding, into his everyday work and started thinking seriously about working in the software industry. After graduating, he joined Google, working on efficient network allocations and recently moved to a team within Google developing network security products.

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The Ph.D. Connections Conference is co-sponsored by the University Career Center, Rackham Graduate School, and the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the University of Michigan Medical School. For more information about the conference visit the website.


April 7, 2021
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
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