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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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Heather Underwood
UW CSE alum Heather Underwood wins 2013 ACM Graduate Student Research Competition Grand Finals

CSE bachelors alumna Heather Underwood is the first place graduate winner in the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals for 2013. She is completing her PhD at the Atlas Institute at the University of Colorado, working with UW CSE PhD alumnus John Bennett. Heather’s research innovation is the PartoPen, an application of digital pen technology to enhance the partograph system used throughout the developing world to monitor labor and reduce labor complications. Her interest in ICTD (Information and Communication Technologies for Development) was sparked by research she carried out as a UW undergraduate. More info about this year's award may be viewed here:

GeekWire Awards
Etzioni voted "Geek of Year" at 2013 GeekWire Awards

At the May 9th GeekWire Awards ceremony, in a GeekWire Awards first, CSE’s Oren Etzioni was voted “Geek of the Year,” along with Dr. Rebecca Gardner. The acceptance speeches from the awards ceremony may be viewed here:

Shyam Gollakota
Gollakota wins 2012 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award

CSE professor Shyam Gollakota has received the 2012 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award — presented annually to the author of the best doctoral dissertation, worldwide, in computer science — for his MIT doctoral dissertation “Embracing Interference in Wireless Systems.” In his dissertation, Shyam presented ZigZag, the first WiFi receiver that successfully reconstructs the transmitted information in the presence of packet collisions. He also introduced TIMO, a WiFi receiver that decodes information in the presence of high-power cross-technology interference from other devices such as baby monitors, cordless phones, and microwave ovens. Congratulations to Shyam, and to his MIT Ph.D. advisor, Dina Katabi! Learn more about Shyam here:

CSE's Adrian Sampson, Thierry Moreau win $100,000 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship

Qualcomm invited multiple teams from fifteen universities to submit proposals for $100,000 2013 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowships. From 138 proposals, Qualcomm selected 33 finalist teams who made presentations at Qualcomm's three R&D Centers. On April 11th, the eight winners were announced: teams from UW, UCLA, Princeton, Cornell, UIUC, UCSD, UCB, and Columbia. Congratulations to CSE Ph.D. students Adrian Sampson and Thierry Moreau, and to their advisors Luis Ceze and Dan Grossman, for winding up on top in this incredibly intense competition for their submission entitled, “Approximate Acceleration.” More about the Innovation Fellowship here:

Susan Eggers
Eggers elected Fellow of AAAS

CSE professor emerita Susan Eggers has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, as a member of the Class of 2013. She is co-inventor of a computer processing technology that makes more efficient use of a chip's computing power. The technology changed industry standards and was adopted by Intel, IBM, and others. Susan is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Election to the Academy is of comparable prestige to NAS, NAE, and IoM, but the membership is more broad, including the humanities and arts, public affairs, and business as well as the mathematical, physical, biological, and social sciences. Fifty-six University of Washington faculty members are Fellows of the Academy, including CSE's Ed Lazowska.

New Dean of Engineering: Michael Bragg

Michael Bragg

This summer, Michael Bragg will join the college as the Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of Engineering.

An aeronautical engineer by training, Bragg is currently with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he has served as professor and interim dean of the College of Engineering. Bragg brings a wealth of experience to the UW. He has held numerous leadership positions at Illinois, including head of the aerospace engineering department, associate dean for research and administrative affairs, and executive associate dean for academic affairs.

He has been instrumental in curriculum innovation at Illinois, including supervision of the Technology Entrepreneurial Center and is a cofounder of two faculty startup companies. Additionally, Bragg has grown education programs and championed diversity. You can learn more about him in the fall issue of The Trend. Please join us in welcoming Mike to UW Engineering.

See the announcement for details.

CSE's Dan Grossman named to UW College of Engineering J. Ray Bowen Professorship for Innovation in Engineering Education

Dan Grossman

J. Ray Bowen served as the University of Washington’s Dean of Engineering from 1981 to 1996. When he retired, the J. Ray Bowen Professorship for Innovation in Education was established “to recognize distinguished faculty in the College of Engineering who display dedication to educational innovation and curriculum development.”

Effective July 1, CSE’s Dan Grossman will assume the Bowen Professorship. Dan earned this distinction for a wide range of contributions, which included leading CSE through a major modernization of our undergraduate curriculum; leading our efforts to utilize the Coursera MOOC platform; superb classroom teaching; superb student mentoring; and a world-class research program. Additionally, Dan sits on the steering committee for the ACM-IEEE/CS Computer Science 2013 curriculum.

“This is a deeply meaningful honor, not only as recognition for educational innovations I’m passionate about, but also as an indication that my peers and colleagues would take the time to nominate and select me,” said Grossman. “Fundamentally, a professorship is valuable as an award, as a title, and as a source of financial resources. But more importantly, it would let me serve as a role model to others by demonstrating the opportunities we have for innovation in education. I view this professorship as both an opportunity and an obligation.”

Congratulations, Dan!

CSE’s annual scholarship & fellowship recognition luncheon

CSE annual luncheon

April 24th marked the annual CSE Scholarship and Fellowship Recognition Luncheon, where the donors of our endowed undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships meet the students they are supporting. It’s always a happy event! Undergraduate scholarships enable top students to obtain a UW CSE education, regardless of means. Such support is increasingly important in these days of relentlessly rising tuition. Graduate fellowships enable CSE to compete successfully with the nation's other premier programs for the top graduate students from across the nation and around the world. Thanks to the many friends, alumni, and companies that support UW CSE’s extraordinary students!

Information about our donors and students may be viewed here:

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