Doctoral Alumni Profiles

Name: Xin Fu
Title: Senior Director of Data Science
Employer: LinkedIn
Degree: PhD
Graduation year: 2008
While over 380 million professionals are using LinkedIn to forge connections and advance their careers, SILS alumnus Xin Fu (Ph.D. '08) and his team are using big data to identify ways the site can become an even more valuable resource. As a Senior Director...
Name: Casey Rawson
Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Project READY
Employer: UNC Chapel Hill SILS
Degree: MSLS, PhD
Graduation year: 2011
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? Before coming to SILS for my MSLS, I was a middle school science teacher. I have an MAT in Middle Grades Education from the University of Louisville and a BS in Biology from Duke...
Name: Felix Portnoy
Title: Human Factors & Usability Engineer
Employer: IBM
Degree: PhD
Graduation year: 2012
Thanks to my academic education and training at SILS I was able to secure a position at IBM immediately following my graduation. At IBM User-Centered Design Services, I lead efforts to apply best practices and cutting edge research in human-computer...
Name: Meredith Evans
Title: Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
Employer: National Archives and Records Administration
Degree: PhD
Graduation year: 2006
After many productive years working with libraries and archives connected to institutions of higher learning, Meredith Evans (Ph.D. ’06) stepped away from academia for a position connected to the country’s highest office. In November of 2015, Evans became...
Name: Weimao Ke
Title: Assistant Professor
Employer: Drexel University
Degree: PhD
Graduation year: 2010
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? I earned a Bachelor of Engineering from East China University of Science and Technology, worked in the IT industry for six years, and received my Master of Information Science from...
Name: Robert Sidney Martin
Title: Professor Emeritus
Employer: Texas Women's University
Degree: PhD
Graduation year: 1988
Bob (as he is known to most everyone) has had a most interesting and distinguished career as an archivist, librarian, administrator and educator.  After starting as a rare book and manuscript librarian, working in Special Collections at the University of...
Name: Cassidy R. Sugimoto
Title: Associate Professor
Employer: Indiana University Bloomington
Degree: MSLS, PhD
Graduation year: 2010
Cassidy R. Sugimoto (Ph.D. '10) is an associate professor at the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington. She conducts research within the domain of scholarly communication and scientometrics, examining the formal and informal...
Name: Arlene G. Taylor
Title: Professor Emerita
Employer: School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
Degree: PhD
Graduation year: 1981
Arlene G. Taylor (Ph.D. ’81) is Professor Emerita from the School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, where she taught for 12 years prior to retiring, and holds an honorary appointment as a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at UNC SILS. Her...
Name: Lewis Church
Title: Principal Software Developer
Employer: SAS Institute Inc.
Degree: PhD
Graduation year: 2010
Lewis Church (Ph.D. ’10) is a principal software developer at SAS Institute Inc. He has worked for the company since 1987 in the area of SQL query processor internals and architecture. His current research interests include parallel and distributed...
Name: L. Teresa Church
Title: Independent Archival Consultant
Employer: Self-employed
Degree: PhD
Graduation year: 2008
L. Teresa Church (MSLS ’98, Ph.D. ’08) is the sole proprietor of LTC Consulting. In addition to her MSLS and Ph.D. from SILS, she holds a B.A. in English from Radford University, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Information Systems from Virginia...
Name: Meredith Weiss
Title: Vice President for Administration
Employer: Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
Degree: PhD
Graduation year: 2010
As VCU’s chief administrative officer, Meredith Weiss (Ph.D. '10) oversees human resources, facilities management, police, technology services, safety and risk management planning, and assessment and quality improvement. Prior to joining VCU in 2016, Weiss...
Name: Abe Crystal
Title: Principal Design Researcher
Employer: MoreBetterLabs
Degree: PhD
Graduation year: 2008
Abe Crystal co-founded MoreBetterLabs and works alongside fellow SILS graduate Jackson Fox (MSIS '05). Abe says that their primary mission is to build ruzuku. "Ruzuku helps passionate experts (such as authors, speakers and coaches) create online learning...
Name: Lili Luo
Title: Associate Professor
Employer: San Jose State University, School of Library and Information Science
Degree: PhD
Graduation year: 2007
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? I had a masters in information management from Peking University in China. How has your career progressed since you graduated SILS? I started as a lecturer at School of Information...
Name: Kevin Cherry
Title: Deputy Secretary
Employer: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
Degree: MSLS, PhD
Graduation year: 2010
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? I was a graduate student in History (specializing in History of Science) at UNC-Chapel Hill and working as a graduate assistant in Wilson Library's North Carolina Collection when I...
Name: Chirag Shah
Title: Associate Professor
Employer: Rutgers University School of Communication & Information
Degree: PhD
Graduation year: 2010
At Rutgers, Chirag Shah (PhD ’10) directs the InfoSeeking Lab, as well as special interest groups on collaborative information seeking, social information seeking, and sensor-aware information seeking behavior. His research interests include studies of...