Tom Anderson

Postdoc Faculty Coordinator/Postdoc ChampionTom Anderson

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

Kate Gayle

Postdoc Facilitator

Kate has served as the Postdoc Facilitator since 2020 and has been at UW in various capacities since 2007.  As the Postdoc Facilitator, she manages postdoctoral scholars' affairs and connects CSE Postdocs with resources to make their postdoc experience successful and lead them toward their career aspirations.

Kate is also the academic advisor 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 the program, pre-application through graduation.

Kate can be reached at (206) 543-5848 or Note that while working fully remotely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Kate is most reachable via email.

In addition to approaching Kate at any time to share positive feedback or voice concerns, postdocs are welcome to submit anonymous feedback to the Allen School here.