Every academic year graduate students in the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (CSEE) department at UMBC, who are also members of ACM, are elected to the posts of Chair, Vice–Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. These officers plan, organize and manage the student chapter events. Since the beginning of academic year 2013–2014, the student officers are assisted by students who volunteer to be part of various committees focused on specific events that repeat throughout the year. The student officers also work under the guidance of faculty advisers from the CSEE department.

Student Officers | Student Committee Members | Faculty Advisors

Student Officers

Following students were elected to various posts in the  academic year 2013 — 2014.

Prajit Kumar Das, Chair

Prajit Kumar Das is serving as the Chair of the UMBC ACM student chapter. He is a PhD student in the Ebiquity Lab in the CSEE Department at UMBC. His research focus is in Mobile Computing, Mobile Privacy and Semantic Web. He is an experienced software designer and developer having worked for Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. for 3 years. He has been collaborating with the organizers of the first hackathon at UMBC, i.e. to bring to UMBC community the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. In the previous academic year he worked as the treasurer for the chapter and helped start the Hi-Tea competition in the department. The competition is a weekly social event that provides the students of the department an opportunity to socialize with other students, professors and staff. He hopes to bring to the department, with the help of his colleagues, a culture of discussions and talks about research and development.

Akshay Peshave, Vice–Chair

Akshay Peshave is serving as the Vice–Chair of the UMBC ACM student chapter. Alongside core responsibilities assigned to chapter officers, his efforts are dedicated towards the Tech-Talks initiative of the chapter . He is currently enrolled in the Masters program in Computer Science program at UMBC. He is also involved in research on click-stream mining to learn workflows. He is a NoSQL and Knowledge Systems enthusiast. Cooking and music are his favorite stress-busts.

Primal Pappachan, Secretary

Primal Pappachan is serving as the Secretary of the UMBC ACM student chapter. He closely works with the Social Media committee and rest of the officers to manage the social media and web presence of the chapter. He is also the co-organizer of the Code Craftsmanship meetup. Currently he is enrolled as a Masters student in Computer Science at UMBC and is a member of Ebiquity research lab. His research areas of interest are Mobile/Context-aware Computing and Distributed Systems. Prior to UMBC, Primal worked at FOSSEE project in IIT Bombay as a Research Assistant. He is an avid FOSS enthusiast and loves showing off his work as Open Source. Reading Hackernews, discussing Science and technology are his favorite hobbies.

Sunil Gandhi, Treasurer

Sunil Gandhi is serving as the Treasurer of the UMBC ACM student chapter. He is a Masters student in Computer Science at UMBC. He is also a research assistant in the CoRaL lab working with Dr. Tim Oates. Sunil’s research interest include Machine learning, Grammar Induction and Time series Analysis. Besides fulfilling his duties as a Treasurer, he is also focusing on starting a scholarly academic paper reading group. Sunil obtained his Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering from Pune Institute of Technology, Pune, India.

Student Committee Members

Genaro Hernandez

Anil Jangam
Tech. Talk

Vlad Korolev
Code Craftsmanship, Hi-Tea

Varish Mulwad Communications, Social Media, Website

Shruti Raghavendra Rao

Omar Shehab
Tech. Talk

Faculty Advisors

The UMBC-ACM student chapter has been working under the insightful guidance of Prof. Tim Oates and Prof. Tim Finin, both Professors of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


Dr. Tim Oates is an Oros Familty Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He received B.S. degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1989, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1997 and 2000, respectively. Prior to coming to UMBC in the Fall of 2001, he spent a year as a postdoc in the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2004 Dr. Oates won a prestigious NSF CAREER award. He is an author or co-author of more than 100 peer reviewed papers and is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. His research interests include pattern discovery in time series, grammatical inference, graph mining, statistical natural language processing, robotics, and language acquisition.


Dr. Tim Finin is a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He has over 30 years of experience in applications of Artificial Intelligence to problems in information systems and language understanding. His current research is focused on the Semantic Web, mobile computing, analyzing and extracting information from text and online social media, and on enhancing security and privacy in information systems. He is AAAI Fellow, received an IEEE Technical Achievement award in 2009 and was selected as the UMBC Presidential Research Professor in 2012.

Finin received an S.B. degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has held full-time positions at UMBC, Unisys, the University of Pennsylvania, and the MIT AI Laboratory. He is the author of over 300 refereed publications and has received research grants and contracts from a variety of sources. He participated in the DARPA/NSF Knowledge Sharing Effort and helped lead the development of the KQML agent communication language and was a member of the W3C Web Ontology Working Group that standardized the OWL Semantic Web language.

Finin has chaired of the UMBC Computer Science Department, served on the board of directors of the Computing Research Association, been a AAAI councilor, and chaired several major research conferences. He is currently an editor-in-chief of the Elsevier Journal of Web Semantics and a co-editor of the Viewpoints section of the Communications of the ACM.

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