At commencement each spring, UW CSE recognizes two alums with Alumni Achievement Awards.
This year’s recipients – who will join us for a celebratory dinner on Friday June 14 and again at our commencement on the morning of Saturday June 15th – are Anne Dinning and Ed Felten.
Anne received her Bachelors degree from UW CSE in 1984, where she did research with Professor Richard Ladner. After working in Seattle for a year, she moved to New York and received her Ph.D. in computer science from the Courant Institute at NYU. She turned down a number of attractive faculty positions to become an early employee of D. E. Shaw, the hedge fund established by Columbia University computer science professor David Shaw. Today Anne is “first among equals” on the executive committee that oversees D. E. Shaw’s more than 1,000 employees, managing $26 billion in investment capital.
Ed, a Caltech physics undergraduate, worked for several years as an analyst with Caltech’s Concurrent Computing Project before earning his Ph.D. from UW CSE in 1993, where he worked with Ed Lazowska and John Zahorjan. He then joined the computer science faculty at Princeton University, transitioned to computer security as a research area, and developed a strong interest in public policy related to information technology. In addition to being a professor in Princeton’s Department of Computer Science, he is a Professor in Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs, and the Director of Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy; he recently spent two years in Washington DC on leave from Princeton as the first Chief Technologist of the Federal Trade Commission. Ed was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2011, and to the National Academy of Engineering in 2012.
We thank Anne and Ed for honoring us by joining us this spring to be recognized, and for being members of the ever-growing community of UW CSE alums who accomplish amazing things and make us look good!
Read more in msb here.