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Magda Balazinska, Luis Ceze, and Yoshi Kohno honored with Career Development Professorships

threesomeCongratulations to UW CSE professors Magda Balazinska, Luis Ceze, and Yoshi Kohno, who have been appointed by the Provost to Career Development Professorships – endowed positions that are awarded for a fixed period of time (typically three years) to extraordinary Associate Professors.

Magda has been appointed as the Jean-Loup Baer Career Development Professor of Computer Science & Engineering. This professorship was established by UW CSE Bachelors alumna Anne Dinning and her husband Michael Wolf in honor of UW CSE professor emeritus Jean-Loup Baer. Magda joined the University of Washington in 2006 after receiving her Ph.D. from MIT. Her MIT thesis work concerned distributed stream processing and sensor data management – leading-edge topics in “traditional” data management. Shortly after arriving at UW she decided to take a significant risk: embed herself with some of UW’s leading scientists (most especially Andrew Connolly in Astronomy) and derive her research agenda from their needs. This has paid off phenomenally for Magda, for CSE, and for UW: Magda has become a world leader in “big data” management, scientific data management, and cloud computing.

Luis has been appointed as the Torode Family Career Development Professor of Computer Science & Engineering. This professorship was established by UW CSE Ph.D. alumnus John Torode and his wife Patti. Luis is widely regarded as the most creative and most productive early-career faculty member working in the broad and rich field of computer architecture. Luis joined UW CSE in September 2007, after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. He holds more than a half dozen patents, co-founded the startup company Corensic, and is a superb citizen of CSE and of the national and international research communities in his field.

Yoshi has been appointed as the Short-Dooley Career Development Professor of  Computer Science & Engineering. This professorship was established by UW CSE Masters alumnus Rob Short and his partner Emer Dooley. Yoshi joined the University of Washington in 2006, following receipt of his Ph.D. from UCSD. He has almost single-handedly established the University of Washington as a major force in computer security and privacy – an extraordinary accomplishment. He excels in research, in education, and in civic engagement.

Congratulations to Magda, Luis, and Yoshi! And many thanks to Anne Dinning & Michael Wolf, John & Patti Torode, and Rob Short & Emer Dooley for making it possible for us to recognize these superb UW CSE faculty members!

February 15, 2015