Hall of Fame: Rising Stars Award

The Rising Stars Award, first given in 2020, recognizes young alumni who are already making an impact on computing and computing education. The College of Computing recognizes these rising stars for contributing significantly to our advancement and reputation.

Class One:


Kabir Barday

Kabir Barday (BS CS)  is the Founder, President, and CEO of OneTrust. In under four years, he has grown the company into the #1 fastest growing and most widely used privacy, security and governance technology platform to comply with the CCPA, GDPR, LGPD, ISO27001 and hundreds of the world’s privacy, security, and compliance requirements. OneTrust has largely pioneered the privacy technology market and has been awarded 130 patents as a result. Kabir oversees all aspects of OneTrust’s product development, operations, and sales internationally. Kabir holds a Fellow of Information Privacy with the IAPP, the highest designation of a privacy professional, and sits on the advisory boards for the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), the Center of Information Policy Leadership (CIPL), The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), and Shared Assessments (known for the SIG third-party risk standard). He has spoken at hundreds of leading industry events globally including Gartner Symposium, Gartner Security & Risk, IAPP Global Privacy Summit, RSA Conference and Infosecurity Europe.

Vanessa Larco

Vanessa Larco is a Partner at NEA focused on enterprise and consumer tech investing. Prior to joining NEA, she led Product Management teams at Box, working on the next generation of productivity apps across web and mobile. Her passion for design and analytics stems from her experience in gaming, which includes leading the Speech Recognition Experience team at Xbox Kinect, building a top grossing studio at Disney Social followed by founding a kids gaming startup. She’s led investments in Cleo, Rocket.Chat, Mejuri, EvidentID, Greenlight Card, Feather, and Lily AI. She is also a board observer at Robinhood, Willow Pump and OmniSci.