This endowed scholarship was established in 1998 by Dr. Jo-Anne Wisniewski in memory of her husband.
John Wisniewski graduated from the University of Washington in June, 1973 with a double major in Psychology and Mathematics (Numerical Analysis). He and Jo-Anne married one week after graduation.
John continued his education by obtaining his Master's degree in Computer Science from Washington State University in 1975. Shortly after graduation, he worked for the Department of Defense in Fort Meade, MD until he went to work for Sandia Labs in New Mexico in November, 1976. In the summer of 1978, he went back to school at the University of Illinois to complete a PhD in Computer Science/Applied Mathematics, which he finished in 1980. He then returned to Sandia Labs in New Mexico until 1989 when he moved his family to Oregon to work for Mentor Graphics.
In the meantime, his pride and joy and only child, Jonathan, was born. He loved being a father and was proud of both his wife and son for all their accomplishments. He became an expert veterinary assistant for his wife, not to mention an expert stall cleaner!
Dr. Wisniewski began working for Intel in 1992. In four short years, he had a major impact on both individuals and projects. In March, 1997, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died at home five months later.
Dr. Wisniewski loved teaching as well as learning and acted as a mentor for many young people. He was known for his ability to problem-solve even before the problem could be recognized by those around him. He gave quietly of himself throughout his life. His steadfast support of his family and his embodiment of a successful personal and work ethic provided inspiration to everyone he interacted with. His positive outlook on life brought out the best in people. Watching others obtain the goals they set for themselves was one of his greatest pleasures.
The award will be based on academic merit and financial need. The endowment currently generates $2,500/year.
This scholarship is available only to students currently enrolled as Computer Science or Computer Engineering majors at the University of Washington.