Immigrant Computer Scientists Podcast

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By Indy Gupta
What was Computer Science education like in the 1970s and 80s (prehistoric days for CS!)? Were there Computer Science departments in universities outside the US? The answers might surprise you! This episode features three prominent Immigrant Computer Scientists who studied CS on 3 continents: Europe, South America, Africa. Their countries…
By Indy Gupta
May all your dreams be realized this year, and may you stay healthy! In this week’s episode: Industry vs. Academia. Four Computer Scientists, who spent significant time as both faculty and in industry, talk about Industry vs. Academia. Many of you have gone through, or maybe going through, similar thoughts…
By Indy Gupta
Dear Listeners — As 2021 draws to a close, we wanted to thank you for listening to the Immigrant Computer Scientists Podcast, and for your words of encouragement and support (and feedback!) throughout 2021. New episodes are coming soon in early 2022! In this week’s episode: Two Computer Scientists from…
By Indy Gupta
In this week’s episode, 3 Yugoslav Computer Scientists, who immigrated to the US in the 1980s-1990s, talk about the effect of the Balkan Wars on their lives and their families. Featuring: Nenad Medvidovic (Prof USC), Jelena Mirkovic (Res Prof USC), Dejan Milojicic (Distinguished Technologist, HPE Labs). Episode 17  with episode…
By Indy Gupta
In this week’s episode, 10 prominent Computer Scientists from academia and industry talk about how they handle Impostor Syndrome, Failures, and Rejections. Featuring: Nenad Medvidovic (Prof USC), Jelena Mirkovic (Res Prof USC), Dejan Milojicic (Distinguished Technologist, HPE Labs), Rico Malvar (Distinguished Engineer Microsoft), Dilma da Silva (Prof Texas A&M), Rodrigo…
By Indy Gupta
Time flies! The season finale of Season 1 is here! We have three true stories, all true and all anonymous. All three immigrants went through or are going through difficult experiences. Three immigrants: 1) An immigrant (non-Computer Scientist) from Afghanistan. 2) An immigrant Computer Scientist from a country unspecified, who…
By Indy Gupta
“I remember in the IOI dorm (International Olympiad in Informatics) in Egypt, I had only one roommate–because there were very very few female participants.” “I really like the beauty of algorithms.” – Danqi Chen, Professor at Princeton University. The IOI (International Olympiad in Informatics) is one of the premier world…
By Indy Gupta
Imagine a mythical land where 80% of people are black, where everyone empowers people of color, where everyone values education, and where the biggest event of the year is not the Super Bowl but the Quiz Bowl. Indeed, this land does exist! Here, in the US! “It’s not just that…
By Indy Gupta
Hurray! We are now among the top 20% of all podcasts in the world! Thank you to listeners like you! Now to today’s bonus episode! “I realized many of my friends in universities were refugees that had left Suez and had come to Alexandria.” ” I grew up in the…
By Indy Gupta
“Beirut was called the Paris of the Middle East, Lebanon the Switzerland of the Middle East.” “Every weekend there would be a bombing… You’re afraid for your life.” “Most people in Lebanon immigrate… 50% of the people in my age group leave.” “Computers are not smart… the people who make…
By Indy Gupta
“We had 70% women (in Software Engineering in Iran)!” “In Vienna, there were 60 students — I was the only woman!” — Soodeh Farokhi, Entrepreneur of successful companies in Iran and Canada, and Ph.D. from Vienna Inst. of Tech. Why is software/computer engineering considered more “woman-friendly” in some countries (like…
By Indy Gupta
New continent! Two new countries! This week we visit Iran and Lebanon and talk to two early-career and already-successful entrepreneurs. 1. Soodeh Farokhi from Iran, who is the founder of a successful AI startup in Canada and was already a successful startup founder in Iran – Oh, and she got…
By Indy Gupta
“There are these key moments that could’ve changed things so significantly…” “Last year of high school I was an exchange student to the US.” – Rodrigo Fonseca (Principal Microsoft Researcher, former tenured professor at Brown University) Hurray, the last episode of our Brazil segment! He stood first among 42K students…
By Indy Gupta
Being female helped (in studying Math and Science in Brazil)… most of my male cousins would go to high school in the evening because they had a job.” “When I came to the United States for the first time, I probably had 70 people who took me to the airport!”…
By Indy Gupta
“Remember we’re talking 1975 in Brazil, third world country, and the computer was an IBM 1130, that we programmed by punched cards.” – Henrique “Rico” Malvar Episode 6! His advice could change your life! With Former Director of Microsoft Research (currently Distinguished Engineer). He’s also a US National Academy of…
By Indy Gupta
Academia or Industry? Immigrate permanently or return to home country? CS or non-CS? These choices were faced by the 3 prominent computer scientists who are featured on the next segment of this podcast. Featuring: the former Director of Microsoft Research, NAE Member, IEEE Fellow; the founder of Latinas in Computing…
By Indy Gupta
“I wrote all criteria that can lead me to making a decision… ranked them… and at that point of time I threw all that away because I knew what I wanted.”  – Dejan Milojicic, giving his “algorithm” for making tough choices/tough decisions. Episode 4! The fourth and final installment of…
By Indy Gupta
“We came, most of us, with all the money that our parents could spare… Americans don’t get as much about immigrants, that when you’re coming, that’s it…  it has to work.” – Jelena Mirkovic Episode 3! She went to “trade school” but ended up in research. Hear how a key…
By Indy Gupta
“Because we’re expected to fail… We come here with very little… So Take a Chance!” – Nenad Medvidovic. Episode 2 is out! He came to the US knowing little to no English. Then he became a Professor, leader of the Software Engineering community, and an IEEE Fellow. And he did…
By Indy Gupta
In this first episode of the Immigrant Computer Scientists podcast we travel back a few decades, to the 1980s and 1990s. To a country that no longer exists in 2021. This episode features oral history immigration stories narrated by two Professors of Computer Science, and a Distinguished Technologist in Tech…
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