SCI's Fifth Anniversary

From July 2022 to July 2023, the School of Computing and Information celebrated the fifth anniversary of its founding. Throughout the year, SCI hosted mini-bashes and Dean’s Spotlight talks, with the celebration culminating in a Big Bash Weekend featuring multiple events. A Family Night took place at PNC Park for SCI faculty and staff in Spring 2023.

Check out our recap video of our Fifth Anniversary and other videos from a few of the year’s events below . A fifth anniversary album is also available here.

Fifth Anniversary Recap Video


A Fifth Anniversary Kickoff Message from Dean Bruce Childers


Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022: Dean’s Spotlight Series

Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship - Kelly Richards (SCI '93G), President of The Free Library of Philadelphia

“From Squad Car to Story Time: My Journey through Librarianship"

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023: Dean’s Spotlight Series

Department of Computer Science - Jacob Biehl (Associate Professor, Dept. of Computer Science & Dept. of Information Culture and Data Stewardship) and Edward Andrews, MD (Chief Resident, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine)

"AR in the OR: An Interdisciplinary Journey Towards the Holographic Operating Room"

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023:  Dean’s Spotlight Series

Department of Informatics and Networked Systems - Nathalie Baracaldo (SCI '16), Manager AI Security and Privacy Solutions and Research Staff Member, IBM Master Inventor, IBM Almaden Research Center

"Can We Make AI Foundation Models Secure, Private and Trustworthy?”

Tuesday, March 28, 2023: Dean’s Spotlight Series

Intelligent Systems Program - Vincent Aleven (SCI ’92G, ’97G), Professor, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

"Harnessing Human-AI Synergy to Make the Smart Classroom More Human and Effective"

Thursday, March 30, 2023: SheLeads Women's Forum Keynote

Dr. Catherine Cotell, Technical Director for NSA’s Laboratory for Physical Sciences (LPS), R3, shared her career journey, with a reception following her talk.

Thursday, March 30, 2023: SheLeads Women’s Forum Panel

Provost Ann E. Cudd moderated a panel of distinguished alumni, faculty, and other friends of SCI who shared their lived experiences as women leaders in technology at different points in their careers. Anita Kaul, a sophomore student and President of Women in Computer Science (WiCS) at Pitt, introduced Provost Cudd at the start of the panel.

Panelists included:

  • Illana Diamond, Managing Partner at 412 Venture Fund LP
  • Birizibe Gnassingbe, Senior, School of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh & President, Minority Association in Computing (MAC) at Pitt
  • Angela Kennedy, President and CEO, Carnegie Speech
  • Diane Litman, SCI Professor of Computer Science & Senior Scientist, Learning Research and Development Center
  • Audrey Russo, President and CEO, Pittsburgh Technology Council