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newsletter of uw computer science & engineering
volume 23, number 1, spring 2013
university of washington
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David Notkin Chair’s message Alumni entrepreneur: Awards and honors Two win Dean’s Medals Three CRA Undergrad Awards Alum achievement awards Diamond award winner Ross News Datagrams New dean of engineering Grossman named Bowen Prof. CSE annual luncheon
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Editor: Kay Beck-Benton.
Contributors: Ed Lazowska, Hank Levy, Sandy Marvinney, S. Morris Rose
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David Notkin: January 1, 1955 - April 22, 2013

David Notkin: January 1, 1955 - April 22, 2013
David Notkin

David Notkin, our dear friend and colleague, passed away at home at 3:30 a.m. on April 22, 2013, following a long battle with cancer. He was 58 years old.

David joined UW CSE in 1984 after receiving his doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University and his bachelor's degree from Brown University. He spent his professional career as a leader, teacher, and researcher at the University of Washington. A world-renowned expert in software engineering, David served as CSE chair from 2001-06 and was honored with the Boeing Endowed Professorship in Computer Science & Engineering, the Frank and Wilma Bradley Endowed Professorship, and the Frank and Wilma Bradley Endowed Chair. He also recently served as the College of Engineering's associate dean of research and graduate studies.

Chair’s message

Hank Levy

The conclusion of another academic year is a time to look back and to look towards the future. This issue of MSB celebrates some extraordinary accomplishments - by our students, by our alums, and by our faculty. UW CSE is on a roll - today we only compete with Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, and Carnegie Mellon for faculty and students. We are proud and grateful for what you have achieved.

On a sad note, David Notkin, a UW CSE faculty member since 1984 and my predecessor as department chair, passed away on April 22 following a long battle with cancer. David had tremendous impact on the department in many dimensions. The lessons we learned from David will continue to guide us as we move to the future.

Kevin Ross

Awards and honors


Alum entrepreneurial profile cofounders

Alumni entrepreneurs have a tip for you: “Do your consumer research on”

New electronics and appliances are introduced in the marketplace seemingly every day. As technology changes at a rapid pace, the volume of products and outlets can be overwhelming to a consumer. So how do you outsmart retailers and get the lowest price? CSE alumni may have created the solution with The path to launching was lined with tenacity and perseverance.


Dan Grossman

Faculty, student, staff, and alum achievements highlighted:


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