Six Computer Science Alumni Receive 40 Under Forty Honors


Six Department of Computer Science (CS) alumni were presented with 40 Under Forty awards from Stony Brook University at an event held in New York City on December 2, 2014. The 40 Under Forty Class of 2014 was recognized by the university for exhibiting leadership and entrepreneurial spirit, and for their connections to the community.

Well-deserved honors were given to the following CS alumni:

  • Stony Brook University CS faculty member Yevgen (Gene) Borodin received his MS and PhD in Computer Science from Stony Brook in 2005 and 2009. In addition to being a Research Assistant Professor of computer science at Stony Brook, Borodin is the current President and CEO of Charmtech Labs LLC. Borodin is well known for his research in computational methods and non-visual interfaces for improving web accessibility.
  • Jon Oringer, Founder and CEO of Shutterstock, a stock photography, footage and music provider company, received his PhD in Computer Science from Stony Brook University in 1996.
  • Eugene Cheng, current Systems Director of Renaissance Technologies, also received a ’40 under Forty’ award. Cheng received her PhD in Computer Science at Stony Brook in 1997.
  • Reena Nadkarni received her PhD in Computer Science from Stony Brook in 1998. Nadkarni is now Head of Technology Partnerships for Mobile Commerce at Google. At Google, she is part of the mobile commerce group and she manages partner launches and operations for Google Offers and Google Wallet.
  • Both the current COO and CEO of drchrono Inc. are CS alum who were honored at the 40 Under Forty celebration. Daniel Kivatinos received his BS in Computer Science in 2001 and a PhD in Computer Science in 2002. Michael Nusimow received his PhD in 2001. Drchrono is an integrated Electronic Health Record platform that connects doctors, patients, and health data.

When hearing of the awards, Dr. Ari Kaufman, Chair of Computer Science, said, “Congratulations to these alumni who exemplify a passion for technology and the spirit of Stony Brook.”