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Bill Scherlis '71


I am still enjoying my professional life as a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon after more than 40 years, a dozen of which as a department head. We have come to love Pittsburgh, which is a city of neighborhoods much like Baltimore, especially as a great place to raise a family. Our three children are in their 20s – Lily in Chicago doing a Ph.D. in English, Sophia in the NYC fashion business, and Tom in a robotics start-up in San Francisco. My wife, Ann, continues to write for Science magazine, usually about human evolution, but most recently, following a fortuitous brewery visit, about the origins of yeasts for lager beer. In 2019, I accepted an invitation to spend two years — which became three — at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA, decades ago an innovative force for the internet). We escape to Martha’s Vineyard throughout the year — please reach out if you are in Pittsburgh or MV.


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