2018 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
Ross Erlebacher has spent most of his professional career as a management and technology consultant working with health insurance companies on their business and information technology strategies. He is now a senior director with Cognizant.
Erlebacher (BS CS ’88, MS CS ’89) started his career as a software engineer at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he developed and designed real-time software solutions for graphical displays and networking platforms.
He also earned an MBA from Northwestern, and has worked for other consulting firms including Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and Deloitte.
Erlebacher is a devoted alumnus and has served the university as a member of the Illinois Computer Science Alumni Advisory Board and the Illini Leadership Council, as well as being a mentor to Illinois Promise students. Ross and his wife, Susan Silver (BA Economics, ’88), also have long supported undergraduate scholarships at Illinois with gifts to Illinois Computer Science and Economics. They established the Susan Silver and Ross Erlebacher Scholarship.