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Grad Advising Team

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Les Sessoms, MA, Recruitment & Retention Specialist

As the Recruitment & Retention Specialist, Les Sessoms serves on the graduate advising team, where he provides academic counseling to prospective, admitted and enrolled graduate students. Les will be responsible for the design and implementation of a variety of program recruitment, retention and advising activities for both the Ph.D. and Professional Master’s Program (PMP), with a special focus on diversity initiatives. Among other activities, Les will be advising graduate students in academic goal setting and milestone achievement, designing and implementing a mentoring program and organizing various academic career events and workshops througout the year.




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Elle Brown, Advising Program Coordinator

As a member of the graduate advising team, Elle Brown serves as the primary point of contact for prospective Ph.D. program applicants, and provides programmatic support to the Graduate Program Advisor and Allen School grad students and faculty. Elle also provides registration advice and assistance to students both in and outside of the Allen School, and is also the course coordinator for the graduate-level internship course, CSE 601, which allows students to earn academic credit for their computer science & engineering-related internships.




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Elise Dorough, M.Ed., Director of Graduate Student Services

As the Director of Graduate Student Services, Elise Dorough drives the admissions process and monitors student progress from program entry through graduation. In concert with a student's faculty research advisor, who acts as a technical mentor for each Ph.D. student, Elise serves as a first-line of support to promote academic success and a fulfilling graduate experience. Elise has been with the UW Computer Science & Engineering department since 2010, beginning as an academic advisor for the undergraduate program.




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Anna Karlin, Ph.D., Associate Director for Graduate Studies & Graduate Program Coordinator

Anna Karlin, Microsoft Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1987. Before coming to the University of Washington, she spent 5 years as a researcher at (what was then) Digital Equipment Corporation's Systems Research Center. Her research is primarily in theoretical computer science: the design and analysis of algorithms, particularly probabilistic and online algorithms. She also works at the interface between theory and other areas, such as economics and game theory, data mining, operating systems, networks, and distributed systems.