Tom Anderson

Postdoc Faculty Coordinator/Postdoc Champion

Tom Anderson is the Warren Francis and Wilma Kolm Bradley Chair in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. His research interests span all aspects of building practical, robust, and efficient computer systems, including distributed systems, operating systems, computer networks, multiprocessors, and security. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as winner of the USENIX Lifetime Achievement Award, the USENIX STUG Award, the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computer and Communications Award, the ACM SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award, and the IEEE Communications Society William R. Bennett Prize. He is also an ACM Fellow, past program chair of SIGCOMM and SOSP, and he has co-authored twenty-one award papers and one widely used undergraduate textbook. Most notably, his past postdocs are currently teaching at Texas-Austin, Duke, Georgia Tech, UMass, and Northeastern.

Tom can be reached at (206) 543-9348 or tom [at]

Tom Anderson

Kate Gayle

Professional Master's and Postdoctoral Program Manager

Kate has served as the Postdoctoral Program Manager since 2020 and has been at UW in various capacities since 2007. She manages postdoctoral scholars' community-building and professional development initiatives and ensures the Allen School's postdocs are connected to resources for making postdoc experience successful and leading them toward their career aspirations.

Kate is also the program manager and academic adviser for the Professional Master's Program, where she is the primary point of contact for prospective and continuing PMP students at any point in their time in the program, pre-application through graduation.

Kate can be reached at (206) 543-5848 or kjgayle [at]


New postdocs

All incoming postdocs complete an orientation with Kate shortly after their arrival to the Allen School. Its goal is to compliment their onboarding/HR orientation and be a first step toward establishing community beyond their PI or lab group. Postdocs are introduced to various postdoc-specific resources and amenities in the Allen School and at UW with special emphasis on those designed to support their personal and professional development.

Check out this guide to postdoc strategy and starting tips! These recommendations and best-practices come from the observations and experiences of people who have been there: Allen School postdocs and their advisors.

Feedback and reporting

Allen School postdocs may approach Kate or Tom at any time to share feedback or voice concerns. Postdocs may also leave feedback anonymously or pursue another option for feedback and reporting: