Faculty & Research

New Faculty 2018

Tim Althoff

Tim Althoff »

Department: Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
Research focus: data science, natural language processing, social network analysis


Patrick Boyle

Patrick Boyle »

Department: Bioengineering
Research focus: arrhythmia, biomedical engineering, computational cardiology, defibrillation, finite element simulation, parallel computing, personalized medicine, optogenetics, quantitative electrophysiology


Hannaneh Hajishirzi

Hannaneh Hajishirzi »

Department: Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
Research focus: artificial intelligence, machine learning scalable systems, natural language processing


René Just

René Just »

Department: Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
Research focus: applied machine learning, empirical software engineering, mobile security, software engineering and software security: static and dynamic program analysis


Mo Li

Mo Li »

Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research focus: integrated photonics, MEMS/NEMS, microwave photonics, optical sensing, optoelectronics, quantum photonics


Rachel Lin

Rachel Lin »

Department: Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
Research focus: computation theory, cryptography, security


Jeffrey Lipton

Jeffrey Lipton »

Department: Mechanical Engineering
Research focus: 3-D printing, bioprinting, manufacturing, robotics


Justin Little

Justin Little »

Department: William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Research focus: aerocapture, electric propulsion, electrodeless plasma thrusters, micro-electric propulsion systems, plasma diagnostics


Ratul Mahajan

Ratul Mahajan »

Department: Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
Research focus: connected homes, internet routing and measurements, mobile systems, network programming, network verification, optical networks


Lucas Meza

Lucas Meza »

Department: Mechanical Engineering
Research focus: 3-D woven composites, architecture optimization, bioinspired materials, CFRP composites, experimental nanomechanics, mechanics of materials, mechanical instabilities, nanoarchitected materials


Chet Moritz

Chet Moritz »

Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research focus: bioelectronics devices, neural engineering, spinal cord rehabilitation


Sewoong Oh

Sewoong Oh »

Department: Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
Research focus: information theory, machine learning, stochastic networks


Prashanth Rajivan

Prashanth Rajivan »

Department: Industrial & Systems Engineering
Research focus: cyber security, human factors, privacy, team cognition, usable security


Jessica Ray

Jessica Ray »

Department: Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research focus: conservation, functionalized composites, surface chemistry, water safety


Adriana Schulz

Adriana Schulz »

Department: Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
Research focus: artificial intelligence, computational fabrication, computer graphics, manufacturing, robotics


Stefano Tessaro

Stefano Tessaro »

Department: Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
Research focus: algorithms, computer security, computation theory, cryptography


Qiuming Yu

Qiuming Yu »

Department: Chemical Engineering
Research focus: optoelectronic and electronic materials and devices, optical and plasmonic biosensors, plasmonic nanostructures


Lisa Zurk

Lisa Zurk »

Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research focus: radar signal processing, signal processing, underwater acoustics


New lecturers

Lauren Bricker Lauren Bricker 

Department: Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
Research focus: human computer interaction, computer supported collaboration, educational technology, 3-D modeling and printing

Lauren Bricker joined the Allen School as a full-time lecturer last fall. She has taught several workshops for the Washington State Academic RedShirt (STARS) program to introduce students from underserved high school to basic Java programing and build their skills in computational thinking and problem solving. In addition to teaching at the Allen School, she was also a computer science and technology support faculty member at Seattle’s Lakeside School where she developed honors level computer science courses including a rapid-prototyping class using 3-D modeling and printing. She was featured in Geekwire and has given talks at Ignite Seattle, NerdNite, Fremont Women in Tech and Maker Faire Seattle.

Patricia BuchananPatricia Buchanan 

Department: Industrial Systems & Engineering
Research focus: systems engineering, manufacturing design, simulation models

Patty Buchanan joins ISE as a full-time lecturer. Since 2016, Patty has taught introductory classes in engineering economics, optimization models and manufacturing scheduling and inventory. Prior to coming to UW, she worked at the defense and space company, Harris Corporation, as a production and development manufacturing engineer implementing simulation modeling to improve cycle time and manufacturing capabilities.

Dianne HendricksDianne Hendricks 

Department: Human Centered Design and Engineering
Research focus: adaptive user accessibility, open-source design, play technology, technical communication

Dianne Hendricks is a lecturer in HCDE where she directs the Engineering Communication Program. She teaches courses in technical communication and engineering ethics. In her previous role as lecturer in the bioengineering department, she taught introductory bioengineering and writing-intensive capstone courses and led the department’s outreach efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in engineering education. She is the co-founder and faculty adviser for HuskyADAPT (Accessible Design and Play Technology), where she mentors students who design technologies for people with disabilities.

Rania HusseinRania Hussein 

Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research focus: embedded systems, human-machine interaction, image processing, machine learning

Rania Hussein joined ECE last summer as a lecturer. For the last ten years, Rania taught courses at all levels in electrical engineering and computer science. Rania held leadership posts in non-profits to promote diversity and the social and educational development of women and youth. She has a record of high ratings from her students, and was a finalist for the distinguished teaching award at UW Bothell in 2017. She previously worked as a research engineer at the Walt Disney Company. She became a senior member of IEEE in 2017.

Hunter SchaferHunter Schafer 

Department: Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
Research focus: data visualization, software development, Java coding

Hunter Schafer joins the Allen School as a lecturer. As a graduate student, he taught introductory computer science classes and helped develop a machine learning class accessible to a broader audience outside of the university's computer science and statistics departments. He previously held software development internships at Redfin, Socrata, and Sift Science where he worked on a number of systems and tools to support their machine learning efforts.

Brett WortzmanBrett Wortzman 

Department: Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
Research focus: data structures, algorithm, control issues, computer science curriculum design

Brett Wortzman joins the Allen School as a lecturer focusing primarily on introductory computer science courses. Brett was previously the instruction and training manager for TEALS, a Microsoft Philanthropies–supported organization which helps high schools build and grow computer science courses by pairing teachers with volunteer industry professionals. At TEALS, Brett was responsible for developing and leading nationwide training for over 250 teachers and 750 volunteers on teaching computer science classes. Prior to that position, Brett taught computer science at Issaquah High School, where he also advised the FIRST Robotics Competition team.