Long-time CSE professor Oren Etzioni, recently departed to lead Paul Allen’s new Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, is GeekWire‘s “Hire of the Year”:
“Perhaps no one has been more synonymous with the startup ethos at the University of Washington than computer science professor Oren Etzioni, a mainstay on campus for more than two decades and an inspiration for budding entrepreneurs in academia.
“Etzioni moved on from academia after nearly 30 years this past September after Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen asked him to lead an ambitious new undertaking around the study of artificial intelligence, a multi-million dollar effort that could have huge implications for the region’s tech industry and, more importantly, society as a whole.
“Etzioni thanked his mother and wife after accepting the award tonight.
“‘She deserves ‘Wife of the Year,” Etzioni said of his spouse.”