As the new year begins, I’d like to take the time toshare with you some information about the Computing & Software Systems (CSS) graduate programs! It is exciting and gratifying to report that, since established in 2009, we have undergone a multi-fold growth. The Master of Science in Computer Science and Software Engineering (MSCSSE) degree program was launched in 2009 with an enrollment of 32 students and 8 faculty members. During the first academic year, one core class was offered each quarter with no elective options. Since then, we have established a Graduate Certificate in Software Design and Development (GCSDD), graduated our first student in the Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering (MSCSE), doubled incoming student enrollment, and most exciting of all, almost tripled the size of our faculty to 21!
We have seen a consistent growth in the competitiveness of the applicant pool, where this year’s incoming class was strategically composed to reflect our core belief in educating students to achieve lifelong personal growth, impact on our profession, and economic growth and social justice in our communities. Our new class of 55 MSCSSE and 11 MSCSE students, about 40% are women and one-third international (India, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Russia, and Pakistan), come from diverse backgrounds with undergraduate majors including Computer Science; Anthropology; Music & Jazz; Biology; Business; Geophysics; Journalism; Horticulture; Biotech; Biochemistry; Molecular and Animal Science; Psychology; and Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical, and Civil Engineering.
Our students enroll in a robust curriculum, its foundation built on the expertise and research of our faculty and a strengthening graduate student culture. Since 2009, in addition to the traditional areas of Computer Science (e.g., Software Architecture, or Algorithms), classes in the cutting edge (e.g., Machine Learning, Internet of Things, and all areas of cyber security) are becoming part of our normal elective offerings. As part of the capstone experience, students participate in research with faculty, funded by prestigious national agencies and industries including National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, National Endowment for the Humanities, The Lumina Foundation, Microsoft and Google.
Accompanying the academic rigor is the initiative to establish closer ties between our students and faculty. For example, we are in the process of creating a tradition where faculty and graduate students meet and greet informally at local breweries at the beginning and end of academic years to enjoy happy hour together. At the beginning of the 2016 academic year, the happy hour brought together about 10 CSS faculty and over 30 graduate students!
Looking forward, we are only at the beginning of our exciting growth plans! In the short term, in addition to the routine and on-going curriculum refinements with additional elective courses (e.g., Advanced Database, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing), efforts have been made to establish fully funded Research Assistantships for our students, and we are in the process of searching for two additional faculty members. In the longer term, we are exploring additional graduate certificates, pedagogically sound approaches to distant learning, and more advanced and interdisciplinary degree programs. This is an exciting time to be with the Graduate Program at Computing and Software Systems; and we are looking forward to the bright future on the horizon.
At the School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), we are driven to unearth solutions that make an impact, whether it’s working to secure ephemeral cloud servers for future generations or transforming urban transit with the self-driving bicycle. See what a few CSS faculty are in print and in person about:
University of Washington Bothell CSS students, faculty, and staff traveled to Houston, Texas in October to attend a three-day conference that serves as the largest gathering of women technologies in the United States. Designed to bring together women in computing to discuss research and career interests, The Grace Hopper Women in Computing Conference fosters a sense of community and highlights the contributions of women in computing.
Conference attendees were able to attend various expos, plenaries, poster sessions, professional development workshops, and clusters—groups of tracks that cover similar topics, including: General Session, Technology, Emerging Technology, Special Session, among others. Job Seekers were able to take part in the three-day career fair featuring companies like: Google, Macys, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Ebay, Intell, Facebook, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Dell, LinkedIn, Verizon, Adobe, and AT&T, and many more.
Computing & Software Systems is a proud sponsor of Grace Hopper 2016. We are changing the future of STEM, with a focus on bringing the diverse perspective of women and underrepresented minorities into the field.
Last summer, the CSS Faculty concluded a yearlong endeavor to update their mission, vision and goals.
Our purpose is to be a collaborative community that provides cross-disciplinary education and research in computer science and software engineering, resulting in lifelong personal growth for our graduates, impact on our profession, and economic growth and social justice in our communities.
Accomplishing our mission results in the following:
My name is Michael Kimball-Bryant and I am filling the newly-created role of Graduate STEM Career Counselor in the STEM Office of Research and Graduate Studies (ORGS). I am a Pacific Northwesterner returning to the region after a five-year hiatus living in Chicago and New York. I attended graduate school at Loyola University Chicago where I worked closely with international students at University of Chicago’s International House. Post-graduation I provided career advising to graduate students at Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York City. I returned to Chicago to work at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where I managed the on-campus recruiting program and provided career advising for engineering and business students at all degree levels.
I am the first Career Counselor on campus to support a specific student population, graduate and certificate STEM students. I will also contribute to external relations efforts with STEM employers and alumni in industry. I am available to meet with students to discuss technical resume reviews, developing a job & internship search strategy, career transition & exploration, salary negotiation and professional portfolio review, among other topics.
There are several events planned for the winter and spring quarters you should be aware of, which include “Making the Most of STEM Networking Night” workshop on January 19, the STEM Networking Night on January 26, “Nailing the Technical Interview” workshop on February 9, “How to Job Search in 2017: Using Science and Technology to Your Advantage” workshop on March 2, “How to Tactfully Negotiate Your Salary” on April 6, along with other workshops and events. Please check the UW Bothell calendar or UWBCSS Facebook for the latest on these events—dates are subject to change.
If you are a STEM graduate student and would like to schedule an appointment with me, please contact the Office of Research and Graduate Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425.352.5490.
Otherwise, feel free to contact me if you have a suggestion for an event or an employer you would like to see recruiting on campus, at email@example.com.
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