Distinguished Computer Science Alumni Lecture

Duke CS Alumni Panel

January 31, -
Speaker(s): Lenore Hill, Kasper Kubica, Jennifer Bedell


Join us for a panel discussion featuring successful local Duke Computer Science alumni whose main business isn't in software.


This is a free, in-person session, but registration is required:

Speaker Bios

Lenore Hill
Despite growing up as the daughter of a Duke CS faculty member, Lenore wanted to be an artist from an early age. Upon matriculating at Duke, she changed her mind and declared her major in Computer Science. Following graduation, she spent the following 18 years working in software engineering and IT for IBM, Duke University Libraries and Duke's Office of Information Technology. At the age of 42, she retired and turned her artistic aspirations into a successful business by selling her jewelry and paintings on Etsy. Lenore is the co-chair of the soon to be announced Duke Alumni with Disabilities affinity group. Additional community service efforts include having been elected as President of the Board of Directors of the Durham Co-op Market and President of the Durham FM Association.
Kasper Kubica
Kasper Kubica is the cofounder of Carpe, which makes simple and effective sweat products for the entire body.  He started the company in 2014 while a freshman at Duke, graduating from the university in 2017 with degrees in physics and computer science.  Over the past ten years, Carpe has grown from an extremely popular hand antiperspirant to the #1 dermatologist recommended brand for sweat all over the body.
Jennifer Bedell 
After graduating from Duke in 2003 with a BA in computer science, Jennifer disappointed her parents by eschewing gainful employment to launch an online comic-book subscription service out of her garage. Against the advice of everyone who had any sense, the business expanded into brick-and-mortar retail in 2006,  and doubled its footprint in 2012. Today, Atomic Empire is the largest tabletop game store in the eastern US, providing a home for local player communities and hosting regional tournaments, while the on-site warehouse supports a robust e-commerce operation and the original subscription service. When she's not maintaining Atomic's 20-year-old codebase, Jennifer enjoys competing in autocross, playing roguelikes, and loudly critiquing genre fiction.


Amy Peters