The fellowship was established by UW CSE Ph.D. alumni Jeff Dean, who worked for Digital Equipment Corporation for almost three years before becoming an early employee at Google, Inc. in 1999. Jeff wrote significant portions of Google's crawling, indexing, and query serving systems, built systems infrastructure for large-scale storage and computation, and generally had a great time working on difficult problems with great colleagues to produce software used by hundreds of millions of people.
Heidi Hopper received her Ph.D. in Organization Behavior and Human Resources Management at the UW in 1997.
Academic merit. Normally one year, renewable up to 6.