UPE Delta chapter of Illinois


Daniela Raicu, PhD
Faculty Advisor
Daniela Raicu, UPE Faculty Advisor

Daniela Stan Raicu is an Assistant Professor of School of Computer Science, Telecommunications and Information Systems at DePaul University in Chicago. She received her B.S. in Mathematics from University of Bucharest, Romania in 1993, M.A. in Computer Science from Wayne State University, Michigan in 1999 and her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Oakland University, Michigan in 2002. Her research interests include medical imaging, multimedia indexing and retrieval, pattern recognition, data mining and knowledge discovery. Daniela has published numerous papers in her research areas and is actively involved in organizing different conferences and workshops in Multimedia Retrieval. She is a member of ACM, IEEE and SPIE. She has also worked with industry including Young & Rubicam, Accenture Technology Labs and Ford Motor Company.

Zahra Ferdowsi
Zahra Ferdowsi, UPE President

Zahra currently is a PhD student in Computer Science at the School of Computing and her research interest is data mining and machine learning. She is involved in a healthcare data mining project in Accenture Technology Labs and a real estate housing project at CDM. During the last year she attended most of the Delta UPE events and found them very constructive and helpful. Bringing her knowledge and experience, she intends to promote our Delta UPE chapter by conducting interesting events, connecting UPE members with faculty and industry professionals, and helping students to network with different research groups in CDM. She eagerly invite you to get involved and share your thoughts and ideas to make our chapter’s activities interesting to a broader audience!

Douglas Switzer
Vice President
Douglas Switzer, UPE Vice President

Douglas is a full-time graduate Information Systems student at the College of Computing and Digital Media with concentrations in Business Analysis and Project Managment in addition to serving as the UPE Vice-President. He is also a licensed professional architect.

Rudrik Gandhi
Rudrik Gandhi, UPE Treasurer

Rudrik is an undergraduate student and majoring in Information Systems. He is also currently an Applications Support Intern for CHA. He is a member of the ACM and ISACA organizations in the Chicago.

Jayne Spottswood
Jayne Spottswood, UPE Secretary

Jayne is a full-time graduate Human-Computer Interaction student at the College of Computing and Digital Media. She received her B.A. in Communication from Loyola University Chicago in 2007. In addition to serving as Secretary of Delta Upsilon Pi Epsilon, she is also a Public Relations & Social Media Specialist. However, her true passion is user experience research and design.

Julie Kramer
Alumni Representative
Julie Kramer, UPE Alumni Representative

Julie is a 2007 graduate of DePaul University with an Ecommerce Technology degree. In June 2006, she quit her full-time job so that she could attend DePaul full-time and finish her last year of school.  She loves spending time with her husband Tom, their families, and grand-daughter Samantha.  She also loves all kinds of music, playing the piano, and programming (especially when learning new programming languages).  However, her true passion lies in educating people with cancer in the importance of a healthy immune system.