Carnegie Mellon University

Alumni Advisory Board

Members of the Alumni Advisory Board receive tremendous personal and professional satisfaction by giving of themselves to their alma mater and fellow alumni. The mission of the board is to enhance the connectedness of the worldwide Masters of Software Engineering Professional Programs community by acting as ambassadors and encouraging engagement through volunteerism, philanthropy, event attendance, and advocacy. The Alumni Advisory Board also helps ensure that appropriate resources and programs exist to further enrich the MSE alumni experience.

Laila Alhmoud

Laila Alhmoud (MSE '16)
Head of Upstream Digital Architecture & Technology, Aramco

Andrei Girenkov

Andrei Girenkov (MSIT-SE '09)
Global CTO, Greystar Real Estate Partners

Yazid Hamdi

Yazid Hamdi (MSIT-SE '17)
Software Architect, Siemens Mobility


Chetan Kovvuri (MSIT-SE '16)
Consultant, Deloitte Consulting

Dewannne Phillips

Dewanne Phillips, Ph.D. (MSIT-SE '12)
Principal Director of the Software Engineering Subdivision/
Information Systems and Cyber Division, The Aerospace Corporation

Mario Rivera

Mario Riveros Trujillo (MSE '13)


Linda Wu (MSIT-SE '17)
Senior Software Engineer, Atlassian

Alumni Board Responsibilities

  • Serve as the voice of alumni by overseeing and providing input on alumni programs and services
  • Assist in identifying and implementing programming that will enhance the student experience
  • Initiate outreach to and seek engagement with fellow alumni through programs and events
  • Build and develop the alumni volunteer pipeline
  • Serve as representatives and ambassadors for the MSE

Former Board Members

Mike Lester

Mike Lester (MSE '02)
IT Principal Technical Architect, USAA

Sankha Pathak

Sankha Pathak (MSE '13)
Director of Engineering, Reddit

Boris Portman (MSE '96)
Founder/CEO, Salsa Ventures, LLC


Swati Priyam (MSE '15)
Founder & CEO, Stealth Startup

Gregg Schoonover (MSE '97)