Diego Toledo '11


Name: Diego Toledo '11
Residence: Los Angeles, California
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Occupation: Senior Software Engineer, Meta (Facebook)

Tech gurus like Diego Toledo '11 are some of the geniuses behind creating cool yet user-friendly interfaces and experiences on streaming services like Hulu.

Toledo, a senior software engineer at Meta (Facebook), has been working in the tech industry for 10+ years. He formerly worked at Hulu. 

“It's an ever-changing world,” said Toledo, who studied computer science at Winthrop and was a member of the men's tennis team. He came to Winthrop with a strong interest in computer science. The program at Winthrop, he said, was challenging and rewarding.

“Professor William Thacker's classes were the hardest classes in the computer science department. He was always so passionate about everything he was teaching, and in the end, I became hooked into enjoying doing the hardest things in computer science for fun,” Toledo said. “Sometimes I do things in my job and I remember an analogy he used in his class to explain a concept.”

Early in his career, he worked for popular video game companies Electronic Arts (EA) and Activision.

“I participated in some very successful projects. When I was at Electronic Arts, I worked on the Simpson's game and this game was the number one app for iPhone for almost a year,” Toledo said. He also contributed to the popularity of Call of Duty games from 2015-9, including developing Amazon Alexa as a companion to Call of Duty to help improve gamer skills.   

“We were the number one game franchise in the U.S. for all those years,” he added. 

Additionally, Toledo worked for Disney Interactive and developed signature games, including Frozen Free Fall, Maleficent Free Fall, Finding Dory and Zootopia Crime Files.

“I've had the opportunity to work with some very smart people from Google, Amazon, IBM, Facebook and even had my work featured by those companies in their internal conferences,” Toledo said.

Toledo presented some of the work he did for Call of Duty at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent Conference in Las Vegas. 

Watch Toledo's full presentation.