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2017 Outstanding CS Alumni

Max Bogue

Max Bogue (BS ’04) is the co-founder and CEO of WobbleWorks, the maker of the 3Doodler.

Max launched the 3D printing pen industry in 2013 when he launched the 3Doodler on Kickstarter. He wanted to design a 3D printing device that could be used within minutes, without needing any technical knowledge, software or computers. He also wanted it to be affordable and fun.

The 3Doodler lets you literally draw in the air – whether freestyle 3D sketching or tracing shapes to make larger structures and objects.

Today, the 3Doodler is available in 64 countries. The 3Doodler Kickstarter project remains one of the top 10 most-funded technology projects ever.

Before founding WobbleWorks, Max worked in R&D for robotic toy company WowWee, where he launched Rovio, a robotic webcam — with wi-fi — on wheels, as well as other robots and toys. He later served as the CTO of Handy Robotics, a consumer robotics startup.

Shahani Markus

Shahani Markus is an IT entrepreneur with a professional career that spans the IT industry, government and academia.

She is the founder, chair and CEO of Emojot. Emojot helps businesses understand and improve their customer interactions in real-time by capturing customer perceptions through emojis.

It enables conversations with client segments across a multitude of scenarios, ranging from events and reality TV shows to political campaigns and news programs. 

Shahani was the Founding CTO and President of Auxenta. She also served as head of engineering at Virtusa Sri Lanka. At Virtusa, she led more than 600 IT professionals, with overall responsibility for software development and software quality assurance practices. Among many other roles, she has also worked in e-government for the country of Sri Lanka, where she served as de facto CTO.

In the humanitarian arena, Shahani was a pioneer and architect of the initial version of Sahana – the world’s first open source disaster management system. Shahani has more than 50 academic publications.

She received her bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. from Purdue.


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