Undergraduates in the Allen School represent a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and goals for the future. We are proud of the contributions our students make to our school, to UW campus life, and to the broader community. Meet some of the students who have made their mark while earning an Allen School education:
First-generation students Shariya Ali, Simplicio DeLeon, and Dilraj Devgun blaze new trails
Shariya Ali, Simplicio DeLeon, and Dilraj Devgun are first-generation college students who are well on their way to academic success. Shariya, a CS major, serves as a member of the CSE Student Advisory Council representing the voices of undergraduate and master’s students on issues ranging from diversity and social responsibility to student wellness. She arrived at UW by way of the San Francisco Bay area, where she was born after her family immigrated to the United States from the Fiji Islands. Simplicio is a junior from Harrah, Washington who is majoring in CE. He is an alumnus of the Washington State Academic RedShirt (STARS) program, which helps first-generation students and those from low-income and underserved backgrounds to navigate the transition to college-level coursework. Dilraj, who is majoring in CS with a minor in Mathematics, served as a teaching assistant for our introductory courses and pursued systems research alongside Allen School professor Tom Anderson. Originally from Bracknell, England in the United Kingdom, Devgun has also lived in Canada, Florida and Georgia.
Nathan Wacker’s experience in the Husky Satellite Lab is out of this world
Third-year Allen School student Nathan Wacker was a contributor to HuskySat-1, a 3U CubeSat that was launched into space in November 2019. Since joining the team in the Husky Satellite Lab, Nathan has worked on the flight software for the power distribution system, plasma thruster and other systems on the spacecraft, in addition to doing extensive work on the ground station command and control software.
Eunia Lee aims to be a role model for future women in tech
Computer Science major Eunia Lee from Sammamish, Washington arrived at the Allen School as a freshman direct-admit. During her time at UW, Eunia has joined the Allen School Ambassador program and became chair of the UW chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Through her service, she aims to show young women in high school and those just starting out in computer science that they can be leaders in the tech world.
Manoj Swarathy uses machine learning to help wildlife conservation efforts
Bellevue, Washington native Manoj Sarathy joined the Allen School as a freshman in fall 2019 as part of the school’s newly expanded Direct to Major admissions program. Even before his arrival, Manoj was using machine learning to help environmental conservationists track and organize wildlife data, earning features in the Seattle Times and on King 5 News for his work supporting wolverine recovery in the state.
Kevin Ryoo’s got game — and a pathway to a career in computer science
Transfer student and professional esports enthusiast Kevin Ryoo built a career as a world champion gamer before deciding to study computer science. He has since transferred his passion for playing games all day, every day into learning how to design and build software. And as Kevin’s education has advanced, his interest in computer vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence has grown — as has his career prospects.
Christine Betts enjoys geeking out while giving back
CS major Christine Betts exemplifies the creativity and academic excellence that are the hallmarks of Allen School students. She also embodies our commitment to service, embracing the role of peer adviser to help her fellow CSE students succeed and volunteering with organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters. Betts’ achievements have earned her the Allen AI Outstanding Engineer Scholarship from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and a feature in GeekWire’s Geek of the Week.
Harrison Kwik transfers his knowledge and experience to newcomers
After Harrison Kwik enrolled at UW to study CS, he took on the role of teaching assistant for the Allen School’s transfer student seminar to help new arrivals from community and technical colleges around the state to settle into the major and make the most of their Husky Experience. Harrison knew firsthand what these students are going through, having arrived as a transfer student himself from Bellevue College with plans to eventually pursue his Ph.D. after graduation.
Presidential Medalist Hannah Werbel marches into the spotlight
CS major Hannah Werbel from Sammamish, Washington was named a Freshman Medalist as part of the UW President’s Medalist awards for her academic performance and extracurricular involvement. In addition to her role as a teaching assistant for the Allen School’s introductory programming courses, Hannah has dedicated her time to serving as a student assistant at the UW’s DO-IT Center, a member of the Husky Marching Band, and president of the Washington Association of Blind Students.
Johan Michelove’s philosophy is to inspire a lifelong love of learning
Johan Michalove from Bellevue, Washington combined CS with a major in Philosophy. A former chair of the UW campus chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, Michelove expanded his horizons through a software engineering internship at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. From his experience tutoring high school students in his spare time, Johan has developed his own philosophy when it comes to teaching: help students to not just succeed on a test, but to develop a lifelong love of learning.
Mitali Palekar pursues her passion for programming and diversity
Mitali Paleka arrived at the Allen School from Cupertino, California after having spent a portion of her childhood in Mumbai, India. Mitali had the opportunity to apply what she learned as a CS major by contributing to research projects in the Allen School’s Security & Privacy Research Lab. She also wholeheartedly embraced and amplified the Allen School’s commitment to diversity in her role as vice president of community outreach for the UW Society of Women Engineers and her work with UW Girls Who Code.