UMD INFO College Alumni Spotlights

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The UMD INFO College Takes Great Pride in its Graduates

From archivists to librarians, web developers to information architects, our INFO alumni succeed as information professionals in every field imaginable. Scroll down to learn more about your fellow alumni! We’d also like to hear from you and share your story.


Featured INFO Alumni

INFO alumni go on to be leaders in shaping the world through information and technology for good. Here are just a few of our stars.

Alumni Awards & Recipients PhD Alumni

PhD Alumni Spotlight: Empowering Kids and Adults to Design Better Together – Greg Walsh, ‘12

Alumni’s PhD experience inspired the launch of two research groups to develop new technology for youth and other in-need communities. …

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Images courtesy of Hawa Jalloh (left) and Shannon Bland (right)

MLIS Alumnae Use Instagram to Amplify Black Excellence in Librarianship

Read about two alumnae who are creating spaces for current and aspiring librarians and authors of color.

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PhD Alumni Spotlight: Science is a Social Process – Pengyi Zhang, ‘10

Connecting people with technology to enhance decision making, foster collaborative learning, and create more inclusive online communiti …

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PhD Alumni Spotlight: No Such Thing as Perfect in Research – Jes Koepfler, ‘14

Wayfinding through our integrated digital world as a UX research leader.

PhD Alumni Spotlight: The Fight for Access to Justice – Ursula Gorham, ‘15

How an alumni is working towards improving access to critical online legal resources and striving to close the “justice gap.”

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PhD Alumni Spotlight: Navigating the HUman eXperience – Gagan Jindal, ‘20

Gagan Jindal’s unexpected journey to creating a more accessible and meaningful user experience for all.

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PhD Alumni Spotlight: Examining the "Datafication" of Family Life – Priya Kumar, PhD ‘21

From interests in public policy and journalism, to a fascination for social media’s influence on entire industries, Priya Kumar “fe …

PhD Alumni Spotlight: To Build or Not to Build? – Myeong Lee, PhD ‘19

While planning his Master’s degree thesis, Myeong Lee was offered a simple question – “Do you want to build something or understand s …