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Seattle Girl Geek Dinner
Seattle Girl Geek Dinner attendees
enjoy the technical presentations
in the Atrium
CSE hosted the fifth Seattle Girl Geek Dinner in the Microsoft Atrium on December 3. More than 100 women from the local technology community attended and enjoyed some time to network and grab a quick bite of food. CSE’s Magda Balazinska and Yoky Matsuoka provided the technical content.
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Ratul Mahajan wins SIGCOMM Rising Star Award
Ratul Mahajan, a 2005 UW CSE Ph.D. alumnus now working at Microsoft Research, received the 2009 SIGCOMM Rising Star Award. Each year, ACM SIGCOMM presents the Rising Star Award, recognizing a young researcher — an individual no older than 35 — who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of communication networks during this early career stage. Depth, impact, and novelty of the researcher’s contributions are key criteria upon which the Rising Star Award Committee evaluates the nominees, as well as strong research contributions made independently from the nominee’s Ph.D. advisor.
Gaetano Borriello, Chandu Thekkath named ACM Fellows
Professor Gaetano Borriello is the latest UW CSE faculty member to be named a Fellow of the ACM. (He is the 14th UW CSE faculty member to receive this honor.) UW CSE Ph.D. alumnus Chandu Thekkath, a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, also was named an ACM Fellow this year. ACM is the major professional society in computer science. Roughly 1% of ACM’s members are elevated to the rank of Fellow.
Dan Halperin, Kathleen Tuite Awarded Intel Fellowships
UW CSE graduate students Dan Halperin and Kathleen Tuite are among 26 exemplary Ph.D. students from across the nation who have been named recipients of Intel Ph.D. Fellowships. The Intel Ph.D. Fellowship program focuses on research in Intel’s principal technical areas: Hardware Systems Technology and Design, Software Technology and Design, and Semiconductor Technology and Manufacturing. Dan, who is advised by Tom Anderson and David Wetherall, was awarded his fellowship for research “enabling the realistic design of next generation wireless systems.” Kathleen, who is advised by Zoran Popovic, was awarded her fellowship for “active world reconstruction through a real-world multiplayer game.”
2008 UW CSE Ph.D. alumnus Noah Snavely, now on the computer science faculty at Cornell University, has received the UW Graduate School “6th Chapter” Dissertation Award. Named by former dean of the Graduate School Suzanne Ortega, the 6th Chapter Award refers to the five-chapter length of most dissertations. In a hypothetical sixth chapter, Ortega reasoned, candidates would propose practical applications resulting from their research, translating their insights into real-world policies or programs. Noah’s Ph.D. work, co-supervised by Steve Seitz and Rick Szeliski (affiliate CSE professor at Microsoft Research), concerned recovering 3D structure from large community photo collections. Microsoft’s widely-praised Photosynth application represents technology transfer from Noah’s work.
Jonathan Carlson wins 2009 University of Washington Distinguished Dissertation Award
Recent UW CSE Ph.D. alumnus Jonathan Carlson received the 2009 UW Graduate School Distinguished Dissertation Award. Carlson’s thesis work on “Phylogenetic Dependency Networks: Inferring Patterns of Adaptation in HIV,” co-supervised by Larry Ruzzo (CSE) and David Heckerman (Microsoft Research), seeks to enable improved HIV vaccines by identifying HIV adaptations that the virus employs against the immune system. Carlson now works with Heckerman in the Microsoft Research eScience Group in Los Angeles.
CSE Alum Kira Lehtomaki in New York Times
Kira Lehtomaki, a UW CSE alum who works at Walt Disney Animation Studios, was featured in a New York Times article on non-traditional careers for computer scientists.
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