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volume 23, number 1, spring 2013
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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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From where I sit...

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 student accomplishments. Seniors Raymond Zhang and Sam Hopkins have been awarded the Engineering Dean’s Medal and the Arts & Sciences Dean’s Medal for the Natural Sciences, respectively — recognizing them as the top students in the College of Engineering and in the Natural Science programs in the College of Arts & Sciences. Raymond and Sam are the fourteenth and fifteenth CSE students to win Dean’s Medals. Senior Matt Bryan was the national winner in the 2013 Computing Research Association Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award competition, and Kevin Clark and Grace Muzny received honorable mention — continuing UW CSE’s record of having the largest number of students recognized in the most recent ten years of this competition.

This issue also celebrates some extraordinary alums. Anne Dinning (BS ’84), “first among equals” on the Executive Committee of the hedge fund D. E. Shaw, and Ed Felten (PhD ’93), professor of computer science and of public policy at Princeton University, are the recipients of our 2013 Alumni Achievement Awards. Kevin Ross (BS ’88) is the recipient of the UW College of Engineering Diamond Award for Distinguished Service, recognizing his post-Microsoft leadership of Washington State’s K-12 FIRST Robotics effort. Heather Underwood (BS ’09), a graduate student at the University of Colorado working with 1988 UW CSE PhD alum John Bennett, was the first place winner in the 2013 ACM Graduate Student Research Competition Grand Finals.

Our faculty continue to excel, as well. This year Susan Eggers was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Shyam Gollakota received the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award. Dan Grossman was named to the UW College of Engineering J. Ray Bowen Professorship for Innovation in Engineering Education. Oren Etzioni was GeekWire’s 2013 “Geek of the Year.”

I mention these specific accomplishments with great pride, but also with some reluctance, because so many of UW CSE’s students, alumni, and faculty are truly extraordinary. I come to work every day amazed at the company I am honored to keep!

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. On February 1, more than 300 of David’s friends honored him at Notkinfest, a tribute to his extraordinary personal and professional contributions, at which we announced the establishment of the David Notkin Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Computer Science & Engineering to permanently recognize his dedication to graduate education.

The field of computer science is on a roll — advances in the field are central to achieving all of our nation’s priorities. UW CSE is on a roll, too — today we only compete with Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, and Carnegie Mellon for faculty and students. We owe our reputation to you — our students, our alumni, and our friends. We are proud and grateful for what you have achieved.

Have a great summer! You’ll hear from us again in the fall!

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