YU Alum Akiva Sacknovitz to Join Yeshiva College’s Computer Science Department

Akiva Sacknovitz

Judah Diament, Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Yeshiva College, is pleased to announce the addition of Akiva Sacknovitz ’95YC, ’98R to the department’s faculty, effective fall 2022. He will replace Dr. Van Kelly , who is retiring.

Sacknovitz, currently a senior application developer at Citibank with decades of industry experience and deep IT knowledge, will join in a full-time position. He will teach courses on programming languages, compilers and tools, parallel algorithms and programming, and the Capstone project.

Born and raised in Toronto, Sacknovitz comes from a proud YU family. He graduated with a degree in computer science and received his semicha [rabbinical ordination] of Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.

Sacknovitz began his professional career in the telecommunications industry. He implemented WAN design and analysis algorithms for a small company on Long Island, then worked as a research engineer at an Israeli startup called Shopping.com, later acquired by eBay.

He then worked at Credit Suisse as a software engineer designing pricing and risk applications for the credit derivatives office. Currently, Sacknovitz works as a senior vice president at Citigroup in Markets Technology and leads a group that designed and implemented a fault-tolerant messaging and service API framework and queuing system. distributed that performs in-office pricing and risk calculations at the end of the day. for agency and non-agency mortgage counters.

“I’ve been privileged to have worked with many YU computer science students, helping them secure full-time and summer analyst positions,” Sacknovitz said. He has always been impressed with their technical skills, their understanding of the fundamentals and the work ethic they demonstrate. “I would like to thank Professor Diament, Dean Bacon and Provost Botman for giving me the opportunity to participate in preparing students for the job market and positioning them to grow their influence and careers.”

“Akiva brings with him a proven dedication to our computer science students,” Diament said, “as he has voluntarily assisted them in their job search efforts for years.” I can’t wait to see what he does for our students when it’s his full time job. Diament added, “I am grateful to Dean Karen Bacon and Provost Selman Botman for their prodigious and creative efforts to make this addition to IT possible.”

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