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CSE’s Raymond Zhang wins 2013 UW Engineering Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence

RaymondZhangHearty congratulations to Computer Engineering senior Raymond Zhang, who has been named as one of two recipients of the 2013 University of Washington Engineering Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence – the top award to graduating seniors in UW’s College of Engineering.

Raymond came to UW in 2008 at age 12 through the Robinson Center for Young Scholars’ early entrance program, and enrolled as a Computer Engineering major at the ripe old age of 13. Since his sophomore year, Raymond has participated in the computational biology group led by Ram Samudrala, associate professor in the department of microbiology. Under Professor Samudrala’s guidance, Raymond is developing a program to predict the structure of how a protein and nucleic acid strand interact. Raymond says he “wanted to come to the UW because of its excellent departments of CSE and Biology.”

When he’s not cutting code, Raymond is playing the piano:  he has performed at Carnegie Hall and at
Lincoln Center in New York, and several times at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

Last spring, Raymond was named a Goldwater Scholar – the top national award to undergraduates in engineering and the sciences.

Raymond is the fourteenth CSE student to win the Dean’s Medal in Engineering or Arts & Sciences.

Again, congratulations to Raymond, and to all of CSE’s superb students!