most significant bits
newsletter of uw computer science & engineering
volume 21, number 1, spring 2011
university of washington
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CSE Security & Privacy Research Chair's message Reges wins UW teaching award News Warren Jessop retires Datagrams Awards Alumni Achievement Awards Hank Levy elected to NAE Anokwa wins UW grad medal Two win Borg Scholarships Mark Bun wins Goldwater Dodge to competitive workshops CHI Best Paper to HS student Capstone courses Digital design capstone Audio capstone
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Editor: Kay Beck-Benton
Contributors: Ed Lazowska, Hank Levy, Sandy Marvinney, Alexei Czeskis, Hannah Hickey
Photo credits: Bruce Hemingway, Mary Levin, S. Morris Rose

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CSE Security & Privacy Research

Security and Privacy Research Lab team
UW CSE's winning team at the
National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

Computer security and privacy are important issues for everyone. Individuals want to be protected against identity and personal data theft. Corporations make huge efforts to protect customer information and intellectual property, and keep services running in the face of adversaries. Governments try to protect national secrets and safeguard critical in frastructure.

UW CSE is having widespread impact on the computer security and privacy landscape. MORE »

Chair's message

Hank Levy
Hank Levy

The end of the academic year is a chance to reflect on recent accomplishments of the UW CSE community. From faculty to students — we continue to do amazing things! In this issue of MSB, you'll learn more about the awards faculty and students has received in the past few months, as well many other phenominal activities. MORE »

Stuart Reges wins top UW teaching award

Stuart Reges
Stuart Reges

More than a third of UW undergraduates will have an opportunity to take a class designed by Stuart Reges, winner of this year's University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award. Some of them may be surprised to leave the course considering a career in computer science. MORE »


Warren Jessop
Warren Jessop retires

Faculty, student, staff, and alum achievements highlighted:

  • Longtime Computer Science Laboratory staff member Warren Jessop has retired. Warren has been with the department for thirty years — as a graduate student, as research staff, as technical staff, and as the head of the Support group in the Computer Science Laboratory. Goodbye, old friend.
  • Brief notes on UW CSE community members honored and awarded are collected in the datagrams section.



Yaw Anokwa
Yaw Anokwa wins UW
Graduate Student Medal


Capstone Courses

Autonomous drone
Autonomous drone

Capstone courses are a hallmark of CSE's undergraduate program. Two captone/project classes are highlighted. In the Spring digital design capstone, Shwetak Patel had class participants continue to work with the Parrot AR Drone platform (used in his embedded systems winter class) to build outdoor autonomous drones. In Bruce Hemingway's Winter audio capstone course, students worked in teams to design, implement, and release a software project. MORE »

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