Hello from the Allen School Graduate Advising Team! Our mission is to provide administrative guidance and compassionate support to students, faculty, and staff so that they can successfully navigate all aspects of our Ph.D. program. Read on to get to know us and our areas of expertise a little better!

Prospective students can reach us at grad-admissons (at) cs (dot) washington (dot) edu.

Current students, faculty, and staff can reach us at grad-advising (at) cs (dot) washington (dot) edu.

Receiving feedback is an important component to providing quality and responsive advising so we encourage you to reach out to us directly or submit feedback through one of the links below.

Email

jeckert1 (at) cs (dot) washington (dot) edu

Key Areas of Expertise

General Ph.D. program advising, CPT and CSE 601 approvals, Qualifying Evaluation coordination, student volunteer programs

Fun Facts

When I'm not working, I'm probably gaming. I just concluded a 5-year run as a global representative in a GPS game called Ingress, a predecessor to Pokemon Go. If I'm not gaming, I'm probably cooking up something with a culinary gadget or out back with the grill.

Bio

I grew up in San Diego in a working-class family and stumbled into the academy -- I thought I was going to make it big as a telemarketer! After about 8 years of stop-and-go progress through community college, I left for Humboldt State University where I studied sociology. I fell in love with public participation using geographic information systems (GIS). I arrived in Seattle in 2008 to pursue a Ph.D. in geography. Along the way, I picked up a GA position as an undergraduate academic advisor and have worked in the field ever since. I've worked with undergraduates and graduate students in Undergraduate Academic Advising as well as the Information School.

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Meet with Joe

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Email

lsessoms (at) cs (dot) washington (dot) edu

Key Areas of Expertise

Coordinates recruiting programs including representing the Allen School at national conferences and the UW CSE PAMS program. Retention programs include the LEAP Alliance & Fellow Program, New Grad Mentor Program, and Minorities in Tech (MIT) staff adviser.

Fun Facts

Michigan native but moved to Seattle when I was 13; so I know the city well! My hobbies and interests include watching TedTalks on YouTube, playing games on my Oculus vr headset, tinkering with my bass guitar, walking, all forms of basketball, tennis and hanging out with my family and my dog, Lil Uzee.

Bio

I am a Black man with Ojibwe Chippewa heritage in my backround and I use he/him pronouns. My family moved to Seattle in 1978, the year the Seattle Super Sonics won the NBA championship. I graduated from UW, with a BA in Political Science; I was the first one in my family to graduate from college. I began my higher education career in 1990 at Skidmore College where I first started developing recruiting and retention programming for college bound youth from diverse backgrounds. In 1999, I made a career transition to become an IT Recruiter, where I cut my teeth in technical recruiting while rising up the ranks. I went back to higher ed in 2004 by accepting a Grad Advisor position at UW Tacoma for the M.S. in Computing Software Systems graduate program. Prior to UW Seattle, I spent time at Clover Park Technical College as a career navigator coach and recruiter. I hold a masters degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University.

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Meet with Les

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Email

ellean (at) cs (dot) washington (dot) edu

Key Areas of Expertise

Course enrollment coordination, CSE 601 course manager and add codes, general email inquires, processing masters, general exam, and final exam warrants, technical report coordinator, graduate student office management

Fun Facts

I love the Science Fiction/Fantasy genres 🖖🏻. My favorite 📚 authors are Octavia Butler and N.K. Jemisin. My extensive personal 📺 TV favs include Steven Universe, Avatar: The Last Airbender + The Legend of Korra, and Bob's Burgers. I am neurodivergent 🧠, queer 🏳️‍🌈 and non-binary.

Bio

I was born in Georgia state and moved to Seattle in 2013. I earned my Associate's degree in General Studies at Portland Community College, and then earned my Bachelor's in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington in 2019. I explored several majors in my 10-year+ journey in higher education including, but not limited to, Philosophy, Computer Science (Java, Video Game Development, HTML/CSS/Javascript, C#), and Journalism. In my GWSS-career I focused on decolonizing research methodologies utilizing positionality, GIS/mapping, and digital storytelling with some focus on Seattle history.

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Meet with Elle

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Email

elised (at) cs (dot) washington (dot) edu

Key Areas of Expertise

Review of progress, fellowships & funding, program extensions for international students

Fun Facts

My grandparents immigrated to the US from the Netherlands to start a tulip farm. To this day, my family still operates a farm in Western Washington though they have expanded beyond tulips. I enjoy reading, travel, swimming in lakes in the summer, and trying out various kinds of donuts year-round.

Bio

As the Director of Graduate Student Services, I help drive the admissions process and monitor 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, the graduate advising team serves as a first-line of support to promote academic success and a fulfilling graduate experience. I have been with the Alen School since 2010, beginning as an academic advisor for the undergraduate program. I earned my bachelor's degree in psychology and my master's degree in education, both at the University of Washington.

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Meet with Elise

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Email

karlin (at) cs (dot) washington (dot) edu

Bio

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.