UM’s First Female to Earn Ph.D. in Computer Science Heads to the West Coast for a Job at Microsoft

According to a recent article in Fortune magazine, the majority of today’s top-paying jobs for college graduates involve computer science and engineering degrees, but only 18 percent of computer science graduates are women. Adding her achievement to that small percentage is recent computer science graduate Negin Arhami – the first female to graduate with a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences.

Computer science may be an all-boys club, but Arhami proves that even in a male-dominated field, there are opportunities for women seeking careers in the computer software industry. It was at a job fair at the Coral Gables campus where Arhami met representatives from Microsoft; she submitted her resume and, fast forward, is now living in Seattle working for one of the largest software companies in the world as a software engineer.

“Negin's enthusiasm for independent research and her determination to develop and follow her ideas, make her a pleasure to supervise. I'm happy to have been part of her success,” said Dr. Geoff Sutcliffe, Professor and Chair of Computer Science in the UM College of Arts & Sciences.

“The Computer Science Department is like a family,” said Arhami. “Everyone is so nice and supportive, and the department allows you to be very flexible with your schedule. My advisor Dr. Sutcliffe is very motivating. I learned so much from him.”

 Arhami, who was born and raised in Tehran, Iran, says she has always enjoyed computer programming and first started to program while in high school. Before enrolling at the University of Miami, she earned a B.S. in computer science from the Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran and a M.S. in computer science from the University of Tehran. Arhami earned her Ph.D. at the University of Miami this past summer and graduated with a 3.68 GPA.

December 01, 2015