CSE Ph.D. student Yaw Anokwa has been named the 2011 recipient of the University of Washington Graduate School Medal.
The Graduate School Medal is awarded annually to a PhD, DMA, AuD, DNP, DPT, or EdD candidate who displays an exemplary commitment to both the University and its larger community. The Graduate School Medal recognizes the “scholar-citizens” whose academic expertise and social awareness are integrated in a way that demonstrates active civic engagement and a capacity to promote political, cultural and social change.
Yaw, advised by Gaetano Borriello and Tapan Parikh, builds technologies for low income regions and runs the change group at UW. His current project is Open Data Kit.
Yaw is the third CSE recipient of the Graduate School Medal: the 2010 medal was won by Anna Cavender (now at Google), and the 2004 medal by Vibha Sazawal (now at the University of Maryland).