Outstanding Senior Award

Each year the Allen School selects four graduating students for our Outstanding Senior Award. This award is based on exceptional academic performance, significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge, and demonstrated leadership potential and good citizenship.

Ethan Chaud portraitEthan Cameron Chau

Ethan Chau is graduating summa cum laude with degrees in Computer Science with the data science option and Linguistics. As an undergraduate researcher, Ethan has made significant contributions to natural language processing tools for less-resourced dialects, with a focus on effectively representing languages for which data is scarce and conventional methods are ineffective. He also studied abroad at the prestigious Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich).

Next year, Ethan will continue in the Allen School as a Master's student in the Combined BS/MS program.

Moe Kayali portraitMoe Kayali

Moe Kayali is graduating cum laude with a degree in Computer Science. During his time at the Allen School, Moe spearheaded the latest version of the control software for the Manastash Ridge Observatory run by the UW Astronomy Department. He earned an an Honorable Mention from the Computing Research Association as part of its CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award competition and a Mary Gates Research Scholarship from the UW.

Next year, Moe will continue in the Allen School as a graduate student in the full-time Ph.D. program working with the Database Group.

Pathirat Kosakanchit portraitPathirat Kosakanchit

Pat Kosakanchit graduated magna cum laude in winter quarter with a degree in Computer Engineering. As a researcher in the Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) Lab, she helped to deploy a community LTE network in Oaxaca, Mexico and to analyze network usage as part of a project in Bokondini, Indonesia. Earlier this year, Pat received the Outstanding Female Award from UW Society of Women Engineers and an Honorable Mention in the CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Awards competition.

After completing her current internship at Qumulo, Pat will continue in the Allen School as a Master's student in the Combined BS/MS program.

Kimberly Ruth portrait in graduation regaliaKimberly Christine Ruth

Kimberly Ruth is graduating summa cum laude with degrees in Computer Engineering and Mathematics with interdisciplinary honors. This past year, she was recognized by the Computing Research Association as one of the top four undergraduate computer science researchers in North America and was also awarded the College of Engineering Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence. She previously was named a Goldwater Scholar, a Mary Gates Scholar, and a member of the Husky 100. Kimberly did significant work in the Allen School’s Security and Privacy Research Laboratory, where she focused on user security, privacy and safety for augmented reality technologies — research that also earned her the Allen School's Best Senior Thesis Award.

After graduation, Kimberly plans to continue her security research next year as a Ph.D. student at Stanford University.

Undergraduate Service Award

In 2001, we established the Undergraduate Service Award to recognize an outstanding graduating senior or seniors who consistently contributed to the activities and events that take place each year. We appreciate all of the great students who take an active role in our community, and it’s always difficult to choose from among our many amazing students.

Angela Eun standing in front of cherry blossomsAngela (Jae Won) Eun

Angela is one of the most compassionate, intentional, and mission-driven leaders in our community. As chair of ACM-W this year, she worked hard to recenter the organization's mission on supporting, celebrating, and advocating for women in the computing field. Angela empowered the organization's leadership team to come together to do the work and supported team members in their own leadership development. She held discussions on the mission and direction of ACM-W, provided space for the team to educate each other on the experiences of women in technology, and encouraged them to be innovative and creative in their approach to the organization. Angela also encouraged the team to tap into their own gifts and strengths to make a difference in the larger Allen School community. Under her leadership, the team established ACM-W as an affinity group with membership meetings, acknowledged the mission in all materials and events, and hosted diversity discussions throughout the year. Angela centers her leadership around service to others, and she has made a large impact on the Allen School.

Jenny Liang portraitJenny Liang

Jenny has made a valuable difference in the Allen School, the greater UW community, and beyond. Jenny is passionate about helping others and developing technology for social good. In her service as Vice Chair of the Allen School Student Advisory Council, she has advocated for students’ needs and led important directives related to student success and equity. Jenny helped underserved communities through her work in the Allen School's Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) Lab, studying the viability of community-maintained LTE networks in rural areas of Indonesia and Mexico. She was recently selected as a member of the Husky 100, which recognizes students across the UW who have made the most of their Husky experience. Jenny will graduate with degrees in Computer Science and Informatics, and will spend the summer completing an internship at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) as the recipient of the 2020 Allen AI Outstanding Engineer Scholarship for Women and Underrepresented Minorities.

Murathan Sarayli portrait in graduation regaliaMurathan Sarayli

Han is receiving this recognition because of his commitment to serving our transfer student community. He has demonstrated this commitment through his role as a teaching assistant (TA) for our first quarter transfer seminar and as the diversity representative for the Student Advisory Council (SAC). As a TA, Han went above and beyond to support our first-quarter transfer students while they adjusted to the Allen School and the UW. He hosted multiple office hours per week, openly shared his experience transitioning to UW to normalize feelings of imposter syndrome and transfer shock, sought opportunities to speak with students outside the classroom, and frequently spent time in the labs to help make the environment more accessible and comfortable for our newest transfer students. Additionally, Han represented the transfer-student voice on the SAC and championed events focused on the transfer student community. Han devoted his time at UW to giving a voice to a student experience that is often overlooked, and his contributions to the Allen School will have a lasting impact on our students and our program.

Savanna Yee tossing plush dog above her headSavanna Yee

Savanna is one of the most caring and empathetic students we have had the pleasure to work with, and throughout her time in the Allen School she has shared that positive energy with our community in countless ways. Savanna has worked for us first as a TA, and then as a peer adviser for the past two years, meeting with hundreds of students to help them understand the application process and navigate the Allen School. She has also been an officer for ACM-W and the Student Advisory Council. Through these different roles, Savanna has helped to organize several community events, including the recent CSE's Got Talent. She has also organized events centering around failure and vulnerability for Allen School students, providing a platform for them to talk openly about times they have failed, what they learned, and how they grew from that failure. Savanna will be continuing as a Master's student in our Combined BS/MS program next year, and has already helped to start a social club to build community among BS/MS students.

Best Senior Thesis Award

Kimberly Ruth portrait in graduation regaliaKimberly Christine Ruth (Winner)

Understanding and Designing for Security and Privacy in Multi-User AR Interactions

Supervised by Franziska Roesner and Tadayoshi Kohno

Anand Sekar portraitAnand Sekar (Honorable Mention)

Hardware Implementation of a Wireless Backscatter Communication Protocol for Brain-Controlled Spinal Interfaces

Supervised by Josh Smith with Laura Arjona

Guanghao Ye portraitGuanghao Ye (Honorable Mention)

Fast Algorithm for Solving Structured Convex Programs

Supervised by Yin Tat Lee

Bob Bandes Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Bob Bandes award was established in 1984 in memory of Bob Bandes, a Computer Science graduate student who died in a skydiving accident on August 21, 1983. The award recognizes exceptional performance by undergraduate and graduate students who have served as teaching assistants (TAs) in the Allen School. A total of 575 students served as TAs for various Allen School courses over the past year, including 375 undergraduate students and 205 graduate students. Students and instructors submitted nearly 600 nominations putting forward 180 TAs for consideration as part of the 2020 Bandes Awards.

Andrew Gies portraitAndrew Gies (Winner)

Andrew Gies served as an undergraduate TA for CSE 331, Software Design and Implementation for five quarters.

"Andrew was a wonderful TA who provided a tremendous amount of help to me during this tough quarter. He was always willing to stay overtime to help every single one of us. He is also great at explaining details. Above all, he was an awesome TA in every way he could be!"

"Best TA ever, and he wasn’t even specifically my TA. Updated all the 331 grading scripts, learned React and taught us javascript, even lectured two or three times with beautiful style. I love how Andrew shaped 331 for the better. He is also extremely committed to his job, and was very patient with students like myself who asked him questions before or after class."

Travis McGahaTravis McGaha (Winner)

Travis McGaha is a 5th-year BS/MS student who served as a TA for nine quarters and five courses, including CSE 120, Computer Science Principles; CSE 143, Computer Programming II; CSE 351, The Hardware/Software Interface; CSE 373, Data Structures and Algorithms; and CSE 333, Systems Programming. He will teach CSE 333 this summer.

"Travis is an exceptional TA! Passionate about the material, and his willingness to help students well into the night shows an amazing dedication to students and to learning. Travis has been a great example of how to be a great teacher and how to inspire learning in students."

"Travis did an amazing job during section, office hours, and outside of class. He gave detailed answers that made me feel more comfortable handling harder problems, and never once did I feel bad about not knowing a concept. Travis has all the qualities I want in a TA: patience, enthusiasm, domain knowledge, and confidence."

Huskies mascot Dubs wearing UW bandanaBatina Shikhalieva (Winner)

Batina Shikhalieva, an Electrical Engineering major, served as an undergraduate TA for five quarters in CSE 142, Computer Programming I and CSE 143, Computer Programming II.

"Batina was always enthusiastic, incredibly helpful, and just in general a very nice TA. She was passionate in what she was teaching, and was really accommodating to her students. She genuinely wanted us all to succeed, she made this quarter a great experience, despite everything being online."

"Batina was stellar at presenting material, and engaging students with the material during section. She was always prepared and clearly put in an immense amount of effort to engage students with problem solving strategies. Batina was dedicated not only to students understanding the material, but to students feeling excited about computer science.”

Jialin Li portraitJialin Li (Honorable Mention)

Jialin Li is a Ph.D. student who served as graduate TA for CSE 451, Operating Systems.

"Jialin is the most dedicated and knowledgeable TA I ever had! She is very helpful and always knows how to answer my questions to get us out of confusion. She is also very dedicated to teaching OS to students and I look up to her confidence in this topic. I wish I could be half as good of a TA as her."

"Jialin has helped me and my partner for OS many times. She is very intelligent, helpful and humble and a great teacher who is full of ideas. She also follows up with students after she has given them advice to see if they have solved their problems. She is active on the message board at all hours, always ready to help students. She is one of the most knowledgeable TAs that I have had so far. Jialin deserves appreciation for being a top-notch TA."

Chung-Yi Weng portraitChung-Yi Weng (Honorable Mention)

Chung-Yi Weng is a Ph.D. student who served as graduate TA for CSE 457, Computer Graphics.

"Chung-Yi has been absolutely incredible, he has even instructed me on how to run the class. Actually, let me rephrase that: he ran the class. This was my first time teaching an undergraduate course, and Graphics is a hard class with many coding projects, artifacts, homeworks, etc. It's a lot to manage and I would have been simply doomed if it was not for Chung-Yi. He prepared the code in advance, making changes to improve on the past year, he led all of the staff meetings, and met with students all the time to help with questions.”

"Chung-Yi put in a ton of work to keep the class running smoothly. He was extremely helpful and kind, you could tell he really cared about the course and wanted everyone to enjoy it."

Tal Wolman portraitTal Wolman (Honorable Mention)

Tal Wolman, an Earth and Space Sciences major, served for five quarters as a TA for CSE 154, Web Programming.

"In all my years teaching, I have never had as dedicated of a TA as Tal Wolman. As Head TA, Tal was responsible for organizing section content, updating course materials, creating grading rubrics, and training and managing the other TAs. She handled all of these responsibilities with ease. Tal is universally respected by students, TAs, and instructors alike. Her combination of knowledge, maturity, grace, and thoughtfulness is truly rare and belies her young age."

"Tal was a great TA. I did not personally have her, but I tried to go to her programming lab hours because she is always so helpful in trying to give advice on how to approach the problem, but not enough to give the answer away. Also, she is super clutch with late-night message board questions."

Teaching Assistants

Teaching assistants (TAs) play an invaluable role in the Allen School. Working closely with faculty, they bring our courses to life — holding office hours to give students direct help, leading recitation sections that provide practice and additional detail, often providing an alternate explanation from the perspective of someone who may have learned the materials just a few months before, and, yes, doing an enormous amount of grading. For the TAs, this job — and it often feels like much more than "just" a job — also provides an opportunity for leadership, communication, management, and learning, proving true the adage that the best way to learn something is to teach it.

Akshat Aggarwal

Olga Irina Andreeva

Marc Arceo

Nick Armstrong

Yifan Bai

Leonid Baraznenok

Jessica Basa

Blake Evan Berger

Amulya Bhattarai

William Bigelow

Taylor Blau

Gavin Cai

Antonio Castelli

Austin Chan

Janae Chan

Georgina Maud Chandler

Kai-Wei Chang

Ethan Cameron Chau

Bradford A. Chen

Duowen Chen

Hanfei (David) Chen

Leana Chen

Wenjun Chen

Xinyue Chen

Zongyuan Chen

I-Miao Chien

Jonah Cortezzo

Jeff Da

Alex DeMeo

Ruta Dhaneshwar

Oliver Ellul Eriksen

Mitchell Estberg

Farrell Fileas

Nikita Filippov

Shikang Gao

Yael Goldin

Brock Grassy

Mark Yuchen Guan

Erika Guo

Deepanshu Gupta

Sarvagya Gupta

Sven Hansen

Michael Hart

Imran Hasan

Dylan Gurdev Hayre

Brandon Hong

Teagan Horkan

Shih Hsuan Hsu

Andrew Hu

Weikai Hu

Eliza Huang

Ofek Inbar

Suraj Jagadeesh

Aditya Jhamb

Manesh Jhawar

Kushal Jhunjhunwalla

Richard Jiang

Alexander Johnson

Jonathan Jusuf

Suzanne Kaltenbach

Sean Keever

Zachary Kiyoshi Keyes

William S. Kim

Chanwut Kittivorawong

Eric Matthew Koegler

Stuart Kol

Yanmeng (Anny) Kong

Pathirat Kosakanchit

Siddharth Kulkarni

Arjun Lalwani

Aeron Langford

Nathaniel Li

Tina Li

Zula Li

Weihao Liang

Michelle Lin

Andrew Liu

Jialiang Liu

Kexuan Liu

Zeyu Liu

Yin Yin Low

Hongxiao Lyu

Heather Maedl

Kaushal Mangipudi

Luke Manship

Loaay Mansour

Annie Mao

Elizabeth H. McKinnie

Tian Tian Mai Metzgar

Qin Miao

Robert Minneker

Corbin Modical

Amir Mola

Nick Monsees

Jacob Murphy

Ansh Nagda

Joely Nelson

Sai Harshita Neti

Hung Ngo

Timothy Nguyen

Chris Nie

Gavin Parpart

Khang V. Phan

Joshua Maxwell Pollock

Frank Poon

Patricia Popp

Anirudh Prakash

Sherry Prawiro

Nestor Qin

Ryan Teng Qiu

Kavi Ramamurthy

Puja Ramanathan

Andrew Rudasics

Andrey Ryabtsev

Murathan Sarayli

Tejasvini Sareen

Yexiang Shao

Manu Sharma

Satvik Shukla

Kevin Son

Armaan Sood

Kendra Specht

Brennan Stein

Samuel Steinbock

Aaron Su

Michael Sulistio

Daniel Sullivan

Angela Sun

Kevin Sun

John William Taggart

Trey Tamaki

Austin Tan

Wilson Tang

Jainul Vaghasia

Keanu Vestil

Andrew Wang

Blarry Wang

Connie Wang

Cosmo Wang

Fanchong Wang

Justin Wang

Katherine Siyu Wang

Lirui Wang

Sierra Wang

Kory Ray Watson

Chloe Wen

Nathaniel Wichman

McKinnon Williams

Kaicheng (Kyle) Yan

Pei Lee Yap

Guanghao Ye

Savanna Yee

Chin Yeoh

Ivy Yu

Borui Zhang

Michael Zhang

Xinru Zhang

Zhanhao Zhang

Liangyu Zhao

Rita Zhong

Haopeng Zhou

Jinyue Zhu

Research Assistants

Research assistants (RAs) help produce new knowledge, contributing to an essential part of a research university. Whether working on an independent project of their own or contributing to a larger effort along with faculty, full-time researchers, and other students, RAs have an experience unlike that of most of our more conventional courses — pursuing new answers and even new questions. They tackle problems where the solutions are unknown and often it's not even known if there is a solution. Venturing into the unknown, without an idea of how long a problem might take or what form a solution may have, RAs put themselves at the forefront of computer science and engineering.

Akshat Aggarwal

Nick Armstrong

Alexandra Ash

Yifan Bai

Amulya Bhattarai

Taylor Blau

Yuval Boss

Stephen Bray

Austin Chan

Janae Chan

Podshara Chanrungmaneekul

Ethan Cameron Chau

Duowen Chen

Wenjun Chen

Xinyue Chen

Zongyuan Chen

Everett Cheng

Jeffrey Cheng

Travis Clement

Jonah Cortezzo

Yuxi Cui

Jeff Da

Ryan Dailey

Falak Daud

Saba Davoudi

Luciano de la Iglesia

Zhiping Ding

Nguyen Duc Duong

Caleb Elington

Yuqi Feng

Nikita Filippov

Brock Grassy

Rohan Guliani

Deepanshu Gupta

Altan Haan

Tasia Halim

Yating Han

Michael Hart

Heather Harvey

Brandon Hong

Shih Hsuan Hsu

Andrew Hu

Ofek Inbar

Shourya Jain

Karthikyokesh Jayakumar

Manesh Jhawar

Kushal Jhunjhunwalla

Suzanne Kaltenbach

Sean Keever

Chanwut Kittivorawong

Yanmeng (Anny) Kong

Pathirat Kosakanchit

Sasha Krassovky

John Alexander Kruper

Arjun Lalwani

Aeron Langford

Nathan Lee

Lior Levy

Jacqueline Li

Nathaniel Li

Tina Li

Weihao Liang

Michelle Lin

Andrew Liu

Jialiang Liu

Ruochen Liu

Zeyu Liu

Isaac Burton Love

Yin Yin Low

Hongxiao Lyu

Kaushal Mangipudi

Annie Mao

Charlie McBride

Elizabeth H. McKinnie

Daniel Chen Merken

Robert Minneker

Connor James Moen

Sohaib Moinuddin

Amir Mola

Nick Monsees

Ansh Nagda

Ishan Narula

Joely Nelson

Sai Harshita Neti

Hung Ngo

Saba Noorassa

Siyu Pan

Yu-Hung Pan

Isaac Pang

Khang V. Phan

Joshua Maxwell Pollock

Patricia Popp

Raden Roy Pradana

Anirudh Prakash

Ryan Teng Qiu

Emma Melby Raible

Andrew Rudasics

Kimberly Christine Ruth

Andrey Ryabtsev

Anand Sekar

Aviral Sharma

Manu Sharma

Satvik Shukla

Andrew Kaihuang Siew

Kunaal Sikka

Shivam Singhal

Rory Soiffer

Armaan Sood

Brennan Stein

Terrell Strong

Daniel Sullivan

Angela Sun

Kevin Sun

John William Taggart

Wilson Tang

Colin Topper

Maria Tracy

Jainul Vaghasia

Pradyoth Vemulapati

Andrew Wang

Blarry Wang

Cosmo Wang

Lirui Wang

Sierra Wang

Xinyi Wang

Kory Ray Watson

Chloe Wen

Nathaniel Wichman

Kaicheng (Kyle) Yan

Michelle Yang

Yunqi Yang

Charles Yao

Pei Lee Yap

Guanghao Ye

Huatsem Yeager

Savanna Yee

Ivy Yu

Michael Zhang

Zhanhao Zhang

Liangyu Zhao

Kaizhi Zhong

Jason Zhu

Jinyue Zhu