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 was 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, made the Bradley Chair special.
Wilma passed away on October 22, 2022
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Der Warren Francis und Wilma Kolm Bradley Stiftungslehrstuhl in Computer Science & Engineering (Informatik).
Die ehrenamtlich tätige Philanthropin Wilma Bradley war eine Förderin der Künste, begeisterte Investorin und eine besondere Freundin der University of Washington. Ihr Interesse galt einem breiten Spektrum an intellektuellen Themen.
Wilmas Interesse an der Abteilung für Computer Science & Engineering (Informatik) ging 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.
Wilma ist am 22. Oktober 2022 verstorben.
Professorships and Chairs held by faculty in the Paul G. Allen School
Endowed positions in the Paul G. Allen School:
- Two Bill & Melinda Gates Chairs in Computer Science. One held by Anna Karlin (2020-); formerly held by Ed Lazowska (2000-2020). One held by Magdalena Balazinska (2022-)
- The Wissner-Slivka Chair, held by Yejin Choi (2023-), formerly held by Hank Levy (2004-2023)
- The Frank & Wilma Bradley Chair, held by Tom Anderson (2014-); formerly held by David Notkin (2002 until his untimely death in 2013)
- Two Amazon Professorships in Machine Learning (multiple), held by Byron Boots (2022-) and Noah Smith (2021-); formerly held by Carlos Guestrin (2012-2021) and Emily Fox (2012-2021)
- The Jean-Loup Baer Professorship, held as a Career Development Professorship by Shayan Oveis Gharan (2021-); formerly held as a Career Development Professorship by Magda Balazinska (2014-2017)
- The Boeing Professorship, held by Linda Shapiro (2023-), formerly held by Sidd Srinivasa (2017-2022), Ben Taskar (2012 until his untimely death in 2013), Richard Ladner (2004-2012), David Notkin (1999-2004), and Nancy Leveson (1993-1998)
- The Robert E. Dinning Professorship, held as a Career Development Professorship by Maya Cakmak (2021-); formerly held by Steve Seitz (2014-2019) and Tom Anderson (2009-2014)
- The Susan J. Eggers Professorship, held by Michael Ernst (2022-)
- The Guestrin Professorship in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, formerly held as a Career Development Professorship by Kevin Jamieson (2018-2022)
- The Brett Helsel Career Development Professorship, held by Franziska Roesner (2023-), formerly held by Yejin Choi (2020-2023)
- The Richard E. Ladner Professorship, held by Jennifer Mankoff (2017-)
- The Endowed Professorship in Computer Science & Engineering in Honor of Edward D. Lazowska, held by Luis Ceze (2021-)
- The Microsoft Professorship, held by Dan Suciu (2021-); formerly held by Anna Karlin (2009-2020), Susan Eggers (2004-2009) and Hank Levy (1999-2004)
- The Jerre D. Noe Professorship, held by Jeffrey Heer (2019-); formerly held by Gaetano Borriello (2006 until his untimely death in 2015)
- The Senosis / Paul G. Allen Professorship
- The Short-Dooley Professorship, held by Arvind Krishnamurthy (2020-); formerly held as a Career Development Professorship by Tadayoshi Kohno (2014-2017), James Landay (2009-2014), and Steve Seitz (2005-2008)
- The Chris & Heidi Stolte Professorship
- The Torode Family Career Development Professorship, held by Hannaneh Hajishirzi (2022-); formerly held by Shyam Gollakota (2021-2022), Luis Ceze (2014-2017), Yoky Matsuoka (2009-2012), and Steve Gribble (2006-2009)
- The Washington Research Foundation / Thomas J. Cable Professorship, held by Shyam Gollakota; formerly held by Dan Weld (1999-2021)
- The Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Professorship, held by Shwetak Patel (2014-); formerly held by 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 Dan Grossman (2013-2018)
- The Cherng Jia & Elizabeth Yun Hwang Professorship, held by Rajesh Rao (2017-)
- The Boeing Pennell Professorship, formerly held by Jean-Loup Baer (1995-2000)
- The Milton & Delia Zeutschel Professorship in Entrepreneurial Excellence, held by Joshua Smith (2017-)
Term-limited Professorships and Chairs held by Allen School faculty:
- The Washington Research Foundation Data Science Chair, formerly held by Sham Kakade (2015-2020)
- Multiple Paul G. Allen Career Development Professorships, held by Kevin Jamieson (2023-), Katharina Reinecke (2023-), Zachary Tatlock (2023-), Huijia (Rachel) Lin (2022-present), Stefano Tessaro (2022-), and Su-In Lee (2021-); formerly held by Yin Tat Lee (2020-2023).
- 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.