Hi all, I’m Elba. I’m an Assistant Teaching Professor here at the Allen School. I earned my B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and my M.Sc. in the same at Princeton University. I did my PhD studies at Texas A&M University with Daniel Jimenez, where I specialized in computer architectural prediction techniques. Intrigued? Confused? Come ask me about it! I’m originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, but moved to San Antonio, Texas when I was five years old. My hobbies include metal detecting, coin collecting, and sewing. I’m also a huge Formula 1 fan! If you ever need advice on the course, the computer science major, or have anything on your mind, be sure to come by my office hours and we can chat.
Abby Williams she/her/hers
Quiz Section: AN
Hi everybody, my name is Abby and I’m from Tacoma, WA! Currently, I am a sophmore intending to study Informatics but this is my first quarter TAing, which I’m very excited about. Outside of class I enjoy trying new food spots with friends (let me know if you have recs), painting and staying active. I look forward to meeting everyone. Reach out if you have any questions or would simply like to chat!
Ambika Shastry she/her/hers
Quiz Section: BD
Hi, I’m Ambika! I am a sophomore majoring in Computer Science. I enjoy dancing, reading, and watching movies in my free time. It is my third time being a TA for CSE 122! I am looking forward to meeting and working with everyone :)
Arthur Stedman he/him/his
Quiz Section: AA
Hi, my name is Arthur Stedman and I am a sophomore studying computer science. Outside of school, I enjoy playing sports, eating Chipotle, and hanging out with friends and family. Looking forward to a great quarter!
Atharva Kashyap he/him/his
Quiz Section: AB
Hello everyone! I am Atharva, a fourth-year Computer Science student. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, watching comedy shows, playing board games, and walking dogs. I am excited to meet and get to know you all this quarter!
Autumn Rhee she/her/hers
Quiz Section: BN
Hi, I’m Autumn! I’m a third-year student majoring in Computer Science, and I’m thrilled to be a 4th quarter TA for CSE 122. Outside of classes and coding, I love sampling new foods, walking my dog, and watching the sun set. My favorite season? Probably Winter. Excited to meet all of you soon!
Ayush Agrawal he/him/his
Quiz Section: AI
Hi everyone! My name is Ayush and I am a junior majoring in CS from Kirkland, WA. This is my third time TAing CSE 122 and I am very excited to meet everyone. Outside of school, I love playing tennis and doing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, watching football, and spending time outdoors. I’m looking forward to working with all of you this quarter!
Chaafen Raees she/her/hers
Quiz Section: BP
Hi! I’m Chaafen, and I’m a sophomore majoring in Computer Science, from Redmond, WA. This is my first quarter as a TA, and I am so excited to meet everyone! Outside of school, I love reading, going to concerts, traveling with my family, and watching Formula 1. I’m looking forward to working with you all this quarter!
Chloe Cartier she/her/hers
Quiz Section: BK
Hi, I’m Chloë! I’m from Mill Creek, north of Seattle. I’m a 2nd-year at UW pursuing computer science. Aside from coding, I love being outdoors, collecting sea glass on beach walks, and trying new pho and dumpling spots in Seattle. I am passionate about painting, am really into oil paints at the moment, and hope to write and illustrate children’s books someday. I love to chat about books and watch Nora Ephron rom-coms on repeat. I have 4 cats! Mochi, Maui, Suki, and Gnocchi. I fell in love with computer science through this series. I believe in you!
Claire Wang she/her/hers
Quiz Section: AH
Hi! I’m Claire, and I’m a second year majoring in computer science from Bellevue, WA. I enjoy archery, painting, and gaming in my free time. Looking forward to meeting everyone :)
Colin Lim he/him/his
Quiz Section: AP
Hi everyone! I’m Colin and I’m a second year studying CS. In my free time I like playing games, cooking and visiting cat cafes! If you have any pet pictures you wanna share please don’t hesitate to stop by and show them to me I’ll greatly appreciate them :)). Looking forward to meeting you all!
Elizabeth Shirakian she/her/hers
Quiz Section: AD
Hey I’m Elizabeth! I am a junior majoring in Computer Science and I’m really excited to be your CSE 122 TA this quarter! Ethnically, I’m Armenian but I was raised in Kirkland, WA. Outside of school I write music, teach at my local Armenian school, and love to watch TV - over the summer I got into anime :) Can’t wait to meet everyone this quarter!
Helena Kaikkonen she/her/hers
Quiz Section: BL
Hi, I’m Helena! I’m from Redmond, WA and I’m a second-year studying CS. I like digital art, watching variety gamers, and singing. One of my goals in life is to learn more languages (human languages, that is :P). My favorite movie is Everything Everywhere All at Once, I love most of Mitski’s early music, and at the time of writing this I’m currently playing Outer Wilds. Let’s make this a great quarter!
Jacob Juras he/him/his
Quiz Section: AJ/BJ
Hey everyone! I’m a junior studying CS and I’m so excited to TA again. In my free time I love to thrift, lift, and hang out with my fat cat. Looking forward to meeting y’all!
Jasmine Herri she/her/hers
Quiz Section: AM
Hi everyone! My name is Jasmine and I’m a sophomore majoring in computer science. Aside from coding, I love reading, painting, and creative writing, especially poetry. I’m thrilled to be a CSE 122 TA this quarter and I look forward to meeting all of you :)
Jaylyn Zhang she/her/hers
Quiz Section: BC
Hi, I’m Jaylyn and I’m a junior majoring in Computer Science. In my free time, I love hiking (Skyline trail is by far my favorite!), drinking taro with milk:D, and exploring Seattle with my friends. I’m looking forward to working with you all this quarter! Feel free to reach out with any questions or just want to chat :)
Kavya Nair she/her/hers
Quiz Section: AG
Hi, I’m Kavya! I’m a sophomore studying Computer Science from Redmond, WA. This is my first quarter TAing and I’m very excited! Outside of classes, I love skiing (and après ski restaurants of course), singing, traveling the world with my family, and watching Gilmore Girls. I look forward to meeting you all this quarter!
Kevin Nguyen he/him/his
Quiz Section: AE
Hey everyone, I’m Kevin! I’m excited to be TAing again for this course and I’m looking forward to a great quarter with you all! Feel free to reach out to me anytime :)
Kyle Du he/him/his
Quiz Section: BE
Hey guys! I’m Kyle and this is my first quarter as a TA. I’m super excited to meet all of you! In my free time you’ll find me cooking, thrifting or hiking. Fun fact, I actually took this course last winter! If you guys have any questions about the course feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to answer them <3 I hope all of y’all have a slay quarter!
Marcus Sanches he/him/his
Quiz Section: BA
Hi, I’m Marcus and I’m a sophomore majoring in computer science. This will be my first quarter TAing 122 and I’m excited to get started. Outside of school, I love to play soccer, discover new music/movies and hang out with my friends. Can’t wait to meet you all!.
Megana Kommareddy she/her/hers
Quiz Section: BB
Hi everyone, I’m Megana! I’m currently a third-year studying computer science, and I’m really excited to TA this quarter! In my free time, I love running, reading (let me know if you have any good thriller recs!), and watching TV shows! I can’t wait to meet everyone this quarter, so please don’t hesitate to reach out :)
Mia Onodera she/her/hers
Quiz Section: AL
Hi everyone, I’m Mia! I’m currently a Junior studying Electrical and Computer Engineering. Outside of classes, I enjoy weightlifting, reading manga, and baking.
I am excited to meet everyone in person! If you have any questions or want to chat, feel free to email me anytime.
Poojitha Arangam she/her/hers
Quiz Section: AB
Hey everyone, I’m Poojitha! I’m currently a senior majoring in Computer Science with the Data Science option and minoring in Mathematics and Neural Computation & Engineering. I grew up in Mukilteo, WA, just outside of the Seattle area. This is my 11th quarter TA! Outside of school, I love to go hiking, play tennis and badminton, spend time with friends and family, bake sweet treats, and visit new places.
I’m really excited for CSE 122 and meeting all of you! If you have any questions this quarter or just want to chat, please feel free to reach out any time.
Rishi Bathina he/him/his
Quiz Section: BH
Hi guys, my name is Rishi and I am a incoming Junior at the University of Washington studying Computer Science with a big emphasis in Math. This is my 4th quarter as a TA, so decently experienced :). I am really excited to get to know you guys a bit better! Outside of school, I love cooking, hanging out with friends and loved ones, and martial arts. Any fellow UFC watchers, email me if you want to watch party. Looking forward to the quarter ahead!
Rohini Arangam she/her/hers
Quiz Section: BO
Hey! My name is Rohini, and I am a second year majoring in computer science. I’m from Mukilteo, WA, so a little north of Seattle. Some of my hobbies are painting, going on hikes, and binging Netflix shows (def have some recs :) Looking forward to TA CSE 122 this quarter!! Feel free to reach out with any questions!
Rucha Kher she/her/hers
Quiz Section: AC
Hi everyone! My name is Rucha, and I’m a junior majoring in computer science. Outside of school I love to go on hikes, bake, and watch movies with friends & family. Super excited to meet you all! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or just want to chat :)
Saivi Madan she/her/hers
Quiz Section: BM
Hey everyone! My name is Saivi Madan and I am a Junior majoring in Computer Science. this is my first quarter TAing 122 and I am super excited for the quarter. Outside of school I enjoy traveling, hanging out with friends, hiking, and trying out new food places. Can’t wait to meet you all!
Shananda Dokka she/her/hers
Quiz Section: AO
Hey! My name is Shananda, pronounced sha-nin-da! I am a senior majoring in Computer Science and Economics. This is my eight quarter as a CSE TA. I was born in Singapore and lived there for seven years. In Singapore and after moving to Seattle, I’ve grown up around birds, and right now I have the two cutest parakeets. Some of my favorite pastimes are rowing, dance, and watching movies! Excited to work with y’all this quarter!
Shivani Modi she/her/hers
Quiz Section: AK
Hi everyone! I’m Shivani and I’m a second-year computer science student. I grew up in Sammamish, WA and this is my 3rd quarter TA-ing 122! In my free time I love exploring cafes in the area (suggestions are always appreciated!), listening to music & going to concerts, and spending time with friends. So excited to meet you all this quarter! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or just want to chat :)
Shreya Nambi she/her/hers
Quiz Section: BF
Hi! I’m Shreya and I’m a junior studying CS. This is my fourth time TAing the intro series, and I’m super excited for this quarter! Outside of school, I love gaming, sunsets, taylor swift, kpop, and hiking. Looking forward to meeting everyone :)
Smriti Sankaran she/her/hers
Quiz Section: BG
Hi! I’m Smriti and I’m a junior studying computer science. Outside of class I enjoy reading, practicing Kung-Fu, watching football, and hanging out with my friends! I’m super excited to TA this quarter and look forward to meeting you all :)
Steven Nguyen he/him/his
Quiz Section: AO
Hey! My name is Steven and I’m from Vancouver (WA, not BC!). Outside of school, I enjoy swimming, attending concerts, and winning free Starbucks at UW football games (I know, a little bit odd but I have a strategy). A new hobby I picked up this summer was bouldering and so if you have any climbing tips, I’d love to hear them.
Looking forward to an amazing quarter with y’all!
Zane Lee he/him/his
Quiz Section: AF
Hey everyone, I’m Zane! I am a senior studying Computer Science, and this will be my first quarter as a TA. In my spare time, I love to ski in the winter, play pickleball in the summer, and inconsistently lift weights year round. Looking forward to a great quarter with all of you!
Having questions or getting stuck on something is entirely expected in the learning process. If you find something challenging with your studies, that is a sign you are learning! Learning is not something that you need to do alone though! In fact, connecting with your peers or asking a member of the course staff for help can add extreme depth to your knowledge.
Synchronous Help (Office Hours): One place to go to get help is our Office Hours hosted throughout the week. TAs staff office hours for many hours a day to provide you the help you need when you need it! This is a great place to go if you want to review a particular course concept, work on a practice problem with the help of a TA or your peers, or get help on a Creative Project or Programming Assignment if you are running into difficulties.
A common misconception is that you can only go to office hours with specific homework questions. That is not true! If you have any questions about course concepts (e.g., from class that day), you are super encouraged to go work on that concept with a member of the course staff at office hours! Getting help with a concept earlier, when you first are feeling unsure, is much better than saving it until you need it on the homework.
Asynchronous Help (Ed Discussion): With a class of our size, directly emailing a member of the course staff is not always recommended. There are many of you and only few of us, so if you email one person directly we can’t make a guarantee how quickly we can respond! To alleviate this one-on-one communication of email, we have a course discussion board that will be a much more lively place for discussion and a way to make sure you can are helped more quickly. The message board is set up so that all of the course staff can help you, which will make it more likely for you to receive a quicker response!
- If you are asking a general question about the course logistics or content, you can make a public post. This way other students can benefit from seeing your question, and you can even answer each other’s questions to share your perspectives!
- If you want, you can choose to post anonymously so that other students in the course can’t see your name. Note that anonymous posting does not hide your identity from the course staff.
- You’re encouraged to answer each other’s questions as well! Explaining a topic to someone else (even on a discussion board) is a great way to help you better understand the material. The course staff will still look over student answers and can nicely point out some misconception if there is one so that everyone benefits.
- If you have a question that’s pretty specific to your homework solution, or, is about some personal details that you would not want to share with the class (e.g., DRS accommodations), you can make a private post on Ed that is only visible to the course staff. This way, any member of the staff can respond to get you the help you need!
- For sensitive matters that you only want to discuss with Elba, you can instead email Elba if that makes you feel more comfortable. Note that the response time for the instructors’ email is longer than posting on the Ed board.