Judah Diament, chair of the computer science department at Yeshiva College, is thrilled to announce the addition of Akiva Sacknovitz ’95YC, ’98R to the department’s faculty, starting in fall 2022. He will be replacing Dr. Van Kelly, who is retiring.
Sacknovitz, currently a senior application developer at Citibank with decades of industry experience and in-depth computer science knowledge, will be joining in a full-time role. He will be teaching courses in 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] from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.
Sacknovitz began his professional career working in the telecom industry. He implemented wide-area network design and analysis algorithms for a small company on Long Island followed by a position as a research engineer at an Israeli startup called Shopping.com, subsequently bought by eBay.
He later worked at Credit Suisse as a software engineer designing pricing and risk applications for the credit derivatives desk. Currently, Sacknovitz is working as a senior vice president at Citigroup in markets technology and leads a group that has designed and implemented a fault-tolerant messaging and service API framework and a distributed queuing system that performs desk pricing and end-of-day risk calculations for the agency and non-agency mortgage desks.
“I am privileged to have worked with many of YU’s computer science students, helping them obtain full-time and summer analyst positions,” said Sacknovitz. He has been consistently impressed with their technical skills, their understanding of the fundamental principles and the work ethic they exhibit. “I would like to thank Prof. Diament, Dean Bacon, and Provost Botman for giving me the opportunity to take part in preparing the students for the workforce and positioning them to grow their influence and careers.”
“Akiva brings with him an already-proven genuine dedication to our computer science students,” said Diament, “as he has been voluntarily helping 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.” Added Diament, “I am grateful to Dean Karen Bacon and Provost Selman Botman for their prodigious and creative efforts to make this addition to the computer science possible.”