Jeff Dean, 1996 UW CSE Ph.D. alumnus, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering — one of the highest honors accorded to engineers. Jeff was one of 65 individuals — 12 in the Computer Science & Engineering section — elected to membership in the 2009 class, announced on February 6.
Jeff began his career at DEC WRL, and moved to Google in 1999. At Google, Jeff and MIT EECS Ph.D. alumnus Sanjay Ghemawat — also elected to NAE this year — led the conception, design, and implementation of much of Google’s revolutionary computing infrastructure. Jeff was elected to NAE “for contributions to the science and engineering of large-scale distributed computer systems.”
Also elected in the NAE class of 2009 — both in the Bioengineering section — were UW Dean of Engineering Matt O’Donnell, and former UW Electrical Engineering professor and current UW Bioengineering affiliate professor David Auth.