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newsletter of uw computer science & engineering
volume 20, number 2, winter 2011
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Center for Game Science Chair's message Mobile midwives ultrasound News Josh Smith joins CSE & EE Ed Felten named to FTC Datagrams Introducing Ms. Sprocket Awards IEEE fellows CRA recognizes undergrads Events Larry Snyder's swansong Annual Industrial Affiliates Distinguished Lecturers Annual pumpkin carving Bay Area alumni event
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From where I sit...

Hank Levy

By the time you read this letter, we’ll be launched into the next decade. It’s hard to know what our field will produce in the years ahead as we continue on a dizzying pace, but as I noted in a previous message, we and others are increasingly focused on having impact on important global problems, such as health care, education, and energy.

Since my last message, I’m happy to report that our faculty has grown. Josh Smith will join us as Associate Professor in February. Josh is our third hire in the ExCEL ("Experimental Computer Engineering Lab") initiative, which seeks to enhance our computer engineering effort by hiring joint faculty on the border between CSE and Electrical Engineering. Josh joins previous ExCEL hires Shwetak Patel and Georg Seelig. He received his Ph.D. from MIT and has been working at Intel Labs Seattle for the last six years, where his research focuses on wireless sensors and robotics. We’re very excited about the strength Josh brings to UW in these areas.

A recent event that was incredibly fun was our annual CSE industrial affiliates meeting. For the first time this year we combined our affiliates meeting — which showcases CSE students, faculty, and research to our industrial partners — with an evening social event for our alumni. This allowed friends and alumni to meet and network with old friends, to chat with faculty, to see student posters on the latest CSE research distributed throughout the building, and, of course, to eat good food! Over three hundred local alumni joined us for the event, making it one of the best attended and most exciting events ever held in the Allen Center. We hope to repeat this event in the future and are looking forward to seeing as many of you as the fire marshal will allow.

Finally, as many of you know, this is my 5th year in what is normally a 5-year term as CSE department chair. In September, Dean Matt O’Donnell asked me to serve an additional two years following this term, and I’ve agreed to do so. It’s been extremely fulfilling to serve CSE over the last 4 1/2 years, and I look forward to seeing our CSE community achieve continued success in the future.

Wishing all of you a happy and healthy new year!

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Henry M. Levy
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