This endowment is being established by the Su Family to provide merit-based scholarships for undergraduates in the UW Department of Computer Science & Engineering. Siblings Sara Su and Jonathan Su attended Bellevue public schools and UW CSE, where they were recipients of department scholarships during their undergraduate careers. This endowment recognizes the critical role UW CSE played in both Sara's and Jonathan's academic and professional careers and is an opportunity for the Su Family to give back to, connect with, and support eager, motivated, and high-achieving UW CSE students in their educational pursuits.
Sara entered UW in 1998 and completed a B.S. in Computer Engineering in 2002, partially supported by the UW CSE Boeing Scholarship. At UW, Sara conducted undergraduate research with Professor Richard Anderson, held internships at Microsoft Research Asia, Adobe, and Cray, and was involved in ACM and ACM-W. She continued to complete a Ph.D. in Computer Science at MIT as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. After two years teaching and conducting research at Tufts as a Visiting Assistant Professor, Sara moved to Google in the Bay Area, where she is a member of the Search team.
Seeing the fun Sara had as a UW CSE student, and the great opportunities her education created for her, Jonathan followed Sara's path and enrolled in UW CSE as part of the inaugural High School Direct Admission class in 2002. While at UW, he worked with Professor Richard Anderson on research in Educational Technology, supported in part by a departmental scholarship from Microsoft, leading to a research internship at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing, China. Itwas here that Jonathan discovered his interest for computer graphics, eventually leading him to pursue a PhD in the field at Stanford University. After completing his doctorate, Jonathan worked at Intel Labs as a Research Scientist before starting PhiSix Fashion Labs, a company at the intersection of apparel, computer graphics, and e-commerce, which was acquired by eBay in 2014.
This scholarship is available only to students currently enrolled as Computer Science or Computer Engineering majors at the University of Washington.