Help the Allen School recruit and retain the finest faculty members
Endowed Chairs and Endowed Professorships provide recognition and support to the very strongest faculty members. They are critical to the recruitment and retention of these true leaders, for two reasons:
- Prestige and national visibility: An endowed position carries recognition among colleagues within academia and industry and beyond. This type of recognition is an important retention tool for exemplary faculty, encouraging them to continue their important work at UW.
- Opportunity for unfettered creativity: An endowed position provides discretionary funds that may be used for any scholarly purpose. The flexibility afforded by this is invaluable because most government grants provide restricted funds for a specific activity. While funds from grants for established research directions are critical, discretionary funds support creativity and entrepreneurial ideas - they represent "venture funding."
Endowed Chairs and Endowed Professorships differ primarily in the funding level - Endowed Professorships in the Allen School are funded at a level of $1 million while Endowed Chairs are funded at a level of $2 million. In both cases, the principal is invested in UW's Consolidated Endowment Fund, which has consistently performed in the top quartile of endowments nationally. Roughly 4% is available for expenditure every year; additional gains are re-invested to keep pace with inflation.
Our greatest current priority is the creation of additional Endowed Professorships to aid in the recruitment and retention of extraordinary faculty. Our faculty has grown considerably in recent years, but our number of Endowed Professorships has not, due to our need to focus on securing funding for the Bill & Melinda Gates Center.
Profile: The Frank & Wilma Bradley Endowed Chair in Computer Science & Engineering
Wilma Bradley is a volunteer, a philanthropist, a patron of the arts, an avid investor, and a special friend of the University of Washington who is keenly interested in a broad range of intellectual pursuits.
Wilma's interest in Computer Science & Engineering grew after attending the UW Annual Faculty Lecture given by CSE Professor Ed Lazowska in 1996. After several years of supporting CSE Ph.D. students (and regularly attending their thesis defenses!), she established the Frank & Wilma Bradley Endowed Professorship in Computer Science & Engineering, in her name and that of her late husband. Subsequent funding elevated the Bradley Professorship to the Bradley Chair. Professor David Notkin was the inaugural holder of the Bradley Professorship, and subsequently of the Bradley Chair, which he held until his untimely death in 2013. One year later, in 2014, Professor Tom Anderson succeeded David as holder of the Bradley Chair.
Wilma's personal involvement with CSE faculty and students, and her interest in their work and in the broad impact of technology on society, make the Bradley Chair special.
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Der Warren Francis und Wilma Kolm Bradley Stiftungslehrstuhl in Computer Science & Engineering (Informatik).
Die ehrenamtlich tätige Philanthropin Wilma Bradley ist eine Förderin der Künste, begeisterte Investorin und eine besondere Freundin de University of Washington. Ihr Interesse gilt einem breiten Spektrum an intellektuellen Themen.
Wilmas Interesse an der Abteilung für Computer Science & Engineering (Informatik) geht auf die 1996 von Informatikprofessor Ed Lazowska gehaltene UW Fakultätsvorlesung zurück, die sie besucht hat. Nachdem sie viele Jahre angehende Doktoranden finanziell unterstützt hat (und bei deren Prüfungen anwesend war!), etablierte sie in ihrem und dem Namen ihres verstorbenen Gatten die Warren Francis und Wilma Kolm Bradley Stiftungsprofessur für Computer Science & Engineering. Durch zusätzliche Finanzierung konnte die Bradley Professur in einen Bradley Lehrstuhl umgewandelt werden. Als erster Professor hielt David Notkin die Bradley Professur und den Bradley Lehrstuhl bis zu seinem vorzeitigen Tod im Jahr 2013 inne. Im Jahr darauf, 2014, folgte Professor Tom Anderson als Inhaber des Bradley Lehrstuhls.
Der Bradley Lehrstuhl zeichnet sich durch Wilmas persönliches Engagement zu Computer Science & Engineering Lehrkräften und Studenten, und die Erforschung von Technologieauswirkungen auf die Gesellschaft aus.
Professorships and Chairs held by faculty in the Paul G. Allen School
Endowed positions in the Paul G. Allen School:
- The Bill & Melinda Gates Chair, held by professor Anna Karlin (2020-) and professor Magdalena Balazinska (2022-); formerly held by professor Ed Lazowska (2000-2020)
- The Wissner-Slivka Chair, held by professor Hank Levy (2004-)
- The Frank & Wilma Bradley Chair, held by professor Tom Anderson (2014-); formerly held by professor David Notkin (2002 until his untimely death in 2013)
- Two Amazon Professorships in Machine Learning. One held by professor Noah Smith (2021-); formerly held by professor Carlos Guestrin (2012-2021). One formerly held by professor Emily Fox (2012-2021)
- The Jean-Loup Baer Professorship, held as a Career Development Professorship by professor Shayan Oveis Gharan (2021-2024); formerly held as a Career Development Professorship by professor Magda Balazinska (2014-2017)
- The Boeing Professorship, held by professor Sidd Srinivasa (2017-); formerly held by professor Ben Taskar (2012 until his untimely death in 2013), professor Richard Ladner (2004-2012), professor David Notkin (1999-2004), and professor Nancy Leveson (1993-1998)
- The Robert E. Dinning Professorship, held as a Career Development Professorship by professor Maya Cakmak (2021-2024); formerly held by professor Steve Seitz (2014-2019) and professor Tom Anderson (2009-2014)
- The Susan J. Eggers Professorship
- The Guestrin Professorship in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, held as a Career Development Professorship by professor Kevin Jamieson (2018-2022)
- The Brett Helsel Career Development Professorship, held by professor Yejin Choi (2020-2023)
- The Richard E. Ladner Professorship, held by professor Jennifer Mankoff (2017-)
- The Endowed Professorship in Computer Science & Engineering in Honor of Edward D. Lazowska, held by professor Luis Ceze (2021-)
- The Microsoft Professorship, held by professor Dan Suciu (2021-); formerly held by professor Anna Karlin (2009-2020), professor Susan Eggers (2004-2009) and professor Hank Levy (1999-2004)
- The Jerre D. Noe Professorship, held by professor Jeffrey Heer (2019-); formerly held by professor Gaetano Borriello (2006 until his untimely death in 2015)
- The Senosis / Paul G. Allen Professorship
- The Short-Dooley Professorship, held by professor Arvind Krishnamurthy (2020-); formerly held as a Career Development Professorship by professor Yoshi Kohno (2014-2017), professor James Landay (2009-2014), and professor Steve Seitz (2005-2008)
- The Chris & Heidi Stolte Professorship
- The Torode Family Career Development Professorship, held by professor Shyam Gollakota (2021-2024); formerly held by professor Luis Ceze (2014-2017), professor Yoky Matsuoka (2009-2012), and professor Steve Gribble (2006-2009)
- The Washington Research Foundation / Thomas J. Cable Professorship, held by professor Dan Weld (1999-)
- The Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Professorship, held by professor Shwetak Patel (2014-); formerly held by professor Oren Etzioni (2009-2014)
Endowed positions in Electrical & Computer Engineering and in the College of Engineering held by Allen School faculty:
- The J. Ray Bowen Professorship for Innovation in Engineering Education, formerly held by professor Dan Grossman (2013-2018)
- The Cherng Jia & Elizabeth Yun Hwang Professorship, held by professor Rajesh Rao (2017-)
- The Boeing Pennell Professorship, formerly held by professor Jean-Loup Baer (1995-2000)
- The Milton & Delia Zeutschel Professorship in Entrepreneurial Excellence, held by professor Joshua Smith (2017-)
Term-limited Professorships and Chairs held by Allen School faculty:
- The Washington Research Foundation Data Science Chair, formerly held by professor Sham Kakade (2015-2020)
- Two Paul G. Allen Career Development Professorship. One held by professor Yin Tat Lee (2020-2023). One held by professor Su-In Lee
- The Gaetano Borriello Professorship for Educational Excellence, held by Allen School Ph.D. alumnus and Adjunct Professor and ECE professor Scott Hauck (2015-)
Interested in learning more?
Contact Ed Lazowska, Professor, and Bill & Melinda Gates Chair emeritus, in the Paul G. Allen School, lazowska (at) cs.washington.edu, or Marzette Mondin, Director of Advancement in the Paul G. Allen School, marz (at) uw.edu
Lifetime endowment gifts of $25,000 and above are permanently recognized on the UW CSE Endowment Wall in the Allen Center atrium.
Named funds are available for gifts of $50,000 and above. Appropriate recognition, designed in consultation with each donor, is part of each gift that creates a named fund.