Tom Anderson, a 1991 UW CSE Ph.D. alumnus and a UW CSE faculty member since 1997, has been appointed to the Warren Francis and Wilma Kolm Bradley Endowed Chair in Computer Science & Engineering. Tom’s research concerns the practical issues in constructing robust, secure, and efficient computer systems. He is a “systems generalist” – he is attracted to the biggest problems he can find, regardless of area. Perhaps his greatest impact to date has been in the area of improving Internet availability. He has also done research in operating systems, distributed systems, software engineering, system security, file systems, computer architecture, and educational software; he is, by any measure, one of UW CSE’s truly extraordinary faculty members. The Bradley Chair, created (along with an endowed graduate fellowship) by UW CSE friend Wilma Kolm Bradley, was formerly held by David Notkin. Tom previously held the Robert E. Dinning Endowed Professorship in Computer Science & Engineering.
Steve Seitz, a UW CSE faculty member since 2000, has been appointed to the Robert E. Dinning Endowed Professorship in Computer Science & Engineering. Steve is a leading researcher in computer vision, best known in the research community for seminal contributions in three areas: 1) image-based rendering, 2) Internet photos and big data, and 3) 3D reconstruction. Steve’s work has reached the public through a number of remarkable systems on which he has collaborated, including Microsoft Photosynth, Picasa Face Movie, and Google Maps Photo Tours and mapsGL. The Robert E. Dinning Chair, created by UW CSE alumna Anne Dinning and her husband Michael Wolf and honoring Anne’s father, was formerly held by Tom Anderson. Steve previously held the Short-Dooley Career Development Professorship.
Congratulations to Tom and Steve, and many thanks to Wilma Bradley, Anne Dinning, and Michael Wolf.