Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development

Alumni Stories

INTERVIEWS

Bogdani EninaMEET ENINA BOGDANI, an alumna from the Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development (‘20). Enina is a biology major who felt discouraged from taking computer science classes as an undergraduate because of the stigma that the classes are hard and might drop your GPA. Years later she took a coding class that ignited her passion to switch careers to software engineering. Enina started the GCSDD program while working full time and the skills she learned propelled her on a path to her new job as a software development engineer for the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. Read Enina’s Q&A interview.

GCSDD alumna Emily HsuMEET EMILY HSU, a graduate from the Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development ('17) and Master of Science in Computer Science & Software Engineering ('20). Emily worked in biotech for five years after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, and had the desire to try something newswitch careers. Wanting to become a software engineer, Emily found that the graduate certificate would teach her the fundamental skills needed to pursue this new career. Emily went on to graduate from our Master of Science in Computer Science & Software Engineering and now works as a software engineer at T-Mobile. Read Emily’s Q&A interview.

Sijie Chen alumaMEET SIJIE CHEN, a graduate from the Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development ('17). We had the opportunity to ask Sijie why she chose the GCSDD and what she thought about her experiences as a student in the program. Sijie is an international student who completed the graduate certificate while finishing a master’s program at UW Seattle. With her education, Sijie is set to join the Amazon Web Services team as a Software Development Engineer. We invite you to read Sijie's Q&A interview.

Kelsey StemmMEET KELSEY STEMM, a graduate from the Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development (‘16). Kelsey was looking to make a career pivot from human embryology to software engineering when she discovered the GCSDD was a perfect fit. The variety of students in the program enhanced her student experience, bringing in different perspectives and creating a supportive learning environment. Upon graduation, Kelsey went on to work at Microsoft at as software engineer and says she would not have got to where she is without this program. Read Kelsey’s Q&A interview. 

Stitch Fix logoMEET REBECCA DADLANI, a graduate from the Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development ('16). We had the opportunity to ask Rebecca why she chose the GCSDD and what she thought about her experiences as a student in the program. Rebecca did the graduate certificate program to enhance her undergraduate education, opening up possibilities for entry into the software industry. Rebecca is now a Security Engineer at StitchFix. We invite you to read Rebecca’s Q&A interview.

Aaron Hitchcock alumnusMEET AARON HITCHCOCK, an alumnus of the Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development (‘15), and the Master of Science in Computer Science & Software Engineering (‘18). Being a teacher, Aaron was encouraged to pursue further education, but he didn’t want to do a teaching master’s program. As a computer science teacher, he made the decision to follow his passion by doing the graduate certificate and is now a software engineer at Nokia. We invite you to read Aaron’s Q&A interview.

In the News

UW Bothell Graduate Certificate Programs Make a Difference in the Lives of Women in Engineering

Kelsey Stemm (left) and Jennifer Kolar with dog (right)11/09/2020 - Jennifer Kolar had more than 20 years of engineering experience but wanted to enhance her skills; Kelsey Stemm was looking to make a career pivot from human embryology to software engineering. Jennifer’s desire to add to her toolset and Kelsey’s career change led them in the same direction: graduate certificates at the UW Bothell School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics. Read the Society of Women in Engineering blog post on Jennifer and Kelsey.

Opening doors - UW Bothell's School of STEM helps students forge new career pathways

Siji Chen (left) and Emily Hsu (right)09/01/2020 - "The graduate certificate gives those who may not have felt encouraged and supported to pursue computer science as an undergraduate, or who felt weighed down by institutional or other systematic barriers, an opportunity to enter the tech industry," says Megan Jewell, director of graduate acadmic services for the School of STEM Graduate Programs. Alumna Sijie Chen finished the Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development at the same time as a master's program at UW Seattle, and Emily Hsu used the graduate certificate to tranisition careeers from biotech to computer science. Read in the Diversity in Action Magazine article how new career paths are opening for students.

Forging ahead - UW Bothell School of STEM provides paths to tech careers

Victoria (Tori) Salvatore11/01/2019 - Originally a graduate of UW with an art degree, alumna and current Master of Science in Computer Science & Software Engineering student Tori Salvatore got a job overhauling a website for a tech company that sparked her passion for software engineering. Tori enjoys working on projects with engineers and hopes to go into project management with a tech firm. Read the full Diversity in Action Magazine story on Tori and hear from Associate Professor and Associate Chair of CSS Graduate Studies Min Chen on the growth and diversification of the program.

Online software certificate addresses cyber need

Claire Jennings alumna1/11/2018 - "Claire Jennings worked in software development, but her tech skills were self-taught. To fill the holes in her training and pick up career credentials, Jennings took the graduate certificate program in software design and development at the University of Washington Bothell."

"Another graduate student at UW Bothell, Allison Gibson got her certificate in 2015, giving her the framework she needed to start the MSCSE program. She had a computer engineering degree and work experience but had taken a long break for family reasons." Read the full UW Bothell article on Aluma Claire Jennings and Allison Gibson.