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[em]Washington Engineer[/em] Special Edition - September 2012

Matt O'Donnell photoWelcoming a New Class of Innovators

Dear Friends of Engineering,

I am thrilled to introduce 11 exceptional new faculty members to the College of Engineering. They come to us from some of the best institutions around the world and will strengthen our programs in key areas such as synthetic biology, machine learning, and big data.

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1st row: James Carothers (ChemE), Ali Farhadi (CSE), Shyam Gollakota (CSE), Carlos Guestrin (CSE)

2nd row: Jeff Heer (CSE), Irena Kemelmacher-Shlizerman (CSE), Michael Motley (CEE), Sean Munson (HCDE)

3rd row: Brandon Pierquet (EE), Kate Starbird (HCDE), Ben Taskar (CSE)

Though we are often competing with the top five engineering schools in the country to hire new faculty, a large majority of candidates choose the UW, and it is not hard to see why. These new hires join a prestigious group of faculty, with 17 NAE members, 23 Sloan Foundation Research awardees, and 95 NSF CAREER awardees.

Last year, our faculty brought in $113 million in research expenditures—a credit to their entrepreneurial drive. The opening of the Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute and building in the fall will provide even more opportunities for faculty to reach across disciplines and continue to strengthen our research and teaching programs.

We are excited to welcome these distinguished professors to our vibrant community. I hope you'll take the opportunity to learn more about them.

Thank you for reading Washington Engineer.

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Matt O'Donnell
Frank and Julie Jungers Dean of Engineering