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Notable Alumni

Careers & Alumni

A pathway to exciting careers

What can you do with a computer science degree from SFA? It might be easier to ask what you can’t do with a degree in computer science. Our graduates find rewarding, high-paying jobs in a variety of fields.

Check out what some of our computer science graduates are doing with their degrees.

Lance Hirsch, Class of ‘86
Co-Founder, Focus POS Systems

Lance Hirsch, Class of ‘86

Lance Hirsch is co-founder and president of Focus POS Systems, a Texas-based company that delivers innovative software technology to the hospitality industry. Since 1990, the company has installed thousands of uncomplicated solutions that best position clients for profitability and competitive advantage. Focus POS Systems recently unveiled a new cloud-based point-of-sale software that circumvents problems that arise in the event of a network connection failure. 

Carlos Amaral, Class of ‘84
BBA in management information systems

Carlos Amaral, Class of ‘84

Carlos has a diverse career in IT. Prior to joining Ceres Technology , Carlos worked in in a variety of leadership positions at companies including Deloitte Consulting, Alsbridge, ISG/TPI and Oracle Corporation. Carlos is the former president and CEO of Sequoia Network Services. He is a past member of the Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents, Texas Manufactured Housing Association Board and the Citizens Development Center in Dallas. He is also a past board member of the North Texas History Center and a graduate of the FBI Citizens and Plano Police Citizens academies.

Sam Jentsch, Class of ’17
BS in computer science and mathematics

Sam Jentsch, Class of ’17

Imagine having a job waiting for you upon graduation with one of the most innovative companies in the world. Sam Jentsch was a double-major in mathematics and computer science, and he joined Google’s ranks upon graduation. Sam worked hard during his time at SFA – participating in three internships, including one with NASA and another with GE Oil and Gas, where his innovation project won a first-place award. Sam worked as a tutor and a teacher’s assistant while a student at SFA. In addition, he was self-employed as a freelance developer. Sam was also active in several clubs and organizations: He served as president of the SFA chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (computer science honors society) and was a member of the SFA Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon (mathematics honors society).

More notable alumni

  • Byron Walker, Class of '12
    Senior Software Engineer, GitHub
  • Brian Warwick, Class of '05
    Senior Partner Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services (AWS)



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