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WU Alumni

Our MS in Data Science program will open the door to exciting career opportunities with some of the world’s most innovative companies. Numerous Willamette graduates are emerging as leaders in technology-related fields, including the following alumni:

Michael Dougal ’10
Senior Data Scientist, Netflix
Before securing a position with Netflix in 2017, Dougal spent seven years as a graduate student researcher and instructor at the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned his PhD.

Erick Luerken ’02
Senior Data Scientist, The Walt Disney Company
Luerken joined Disney in 2016, starting as a data scientist for the company’s ABC Television Group before assuming a broader role in 2018.

Calab Lam ’17
Data Scientist, Zoom Video Communications
Just months after graduating from Willamette, Lam was hired by IPG Mediabrands, one of the world’s largest advertising agencies. He accepted a position with Zoom in 2018.

Rebecca Harper ’15
Software Engineer, Google
Harper, who served as a math/computer science tutor and resident assistant at Willamette, began working for Google in 2016.

Miles Ward ’01
Chief Technology Officer, SADA Systems
Ward was global head of solutions at Google for nearly six years before accepting his current position with SADA systems in 2019.

Eli Tucker ’99
Senior Director of Engineering, Tumblr
Tucker served as director of engineering at Yahoo and technical advisor at HBO before assuming his current position with Tumblr in 2018.

Kyle Behnke ’99, MBA’02
Vice President of Engineering, SAM Advisory Inc.
Benke worked as a senior program manager for Microsoft and a program manager for Siemens prior to joining SAM Advisory in 2012.

Kirk Masterson ’97
Technical Project Manager, Keel Consulting
As an IT and software consultant, Masterson has served a broad range of clients, including Nike, Standard Insurance, Columbia Sportswear, Epson, Fred Meyer and Lacrosse Footwear.

Ashley Fisher ’12
Software Engineer,
Fisher joined in 2014 after serving as a developer for She has extensive experience in software engineering.

Sterling Stein ’07
Software Development Engineer, Cambia Health Solutions
After working as a web developer for Cisco for nearly six years, Stein assumed his current role with Cambia Health Solutions in 2017.

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