Getting Help

If you have a general question that other students could potentially benefit from, considering posting on Ed or Discord. On Ed, you can also set your questions to private or anonymous as you see appropriate.

For logistical questions (such as extenuating circumstances and DRS accommodations), we ask that you post privately on Ed so the whole staff can respond. For sensitive situations, you can also email Kasey directly if you would feel more comfortable.

We are often available at other times by appointment, and we encourage you to schedule 1:1 appointments whenever you want to talk about concepts, grades, internships, or anything else.


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Kasey Champion



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I was born just outside Vancouver, Canada. Moved to the bay area when I was 11 months old and then to Seattle when I was 7 so I’m about as “west coast” as they come. I went to UW for undergrad where I studied Electrical Engineering (embedded systems) but TA‘d 143 for 9 quarters so I decided to go full software post graduation. I have had a lot of different and weird tech jobs since graduation but teaching is my true love so I teach AP Computer Science A at Franklin High School in addittion to 373 and my day job.

Let’s talk tech careers! Other less tech specific obsessions: my 1969 VW bus, camping, Disneyland, drag & burlesque, training service dogs

Teaching Assistants

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Alison Lu




Hi everyone, I’m Alison! I’m a 3rd year computer science major from Portland, Oregon. Before college, I was super intimidated by programming, but after taking CSE 142 I was hooked! Since then, I’ve been a TA for CSE 142 and 143. I’m so excited to be a TA for 373 this quarter, and I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you!

Fun fact: my middle name is spelled incorrectly on my birth certificate :’) In my free time, I enjoy reading and hiking! I also love doing anything arts and crafts related — my favorites include embroidering and bullet journaling.

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Batina Shikhalieva




Hello everyone! I have been TAing in the CSE department for 8 quarters. I’m very excited to be part of your CSE 373 experience this quarter. The reason I teach is to make sure you succeed and enjoy the class. My number one priority is your positive experience with this course. Reach out to me if you ever need any help, have any questions or concerns! I’d love to help you.

If you’re curious about the Software Engineering industry – I got your back! As graduating senior, I have quite some industry insight and I’d be thrilled to help you land an internship or job offer. Most of my industry experience lies at the core of backend and AI systems. Fun fact about me is that I worked for two of the largest gaming companies in the world.

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Brian Chan



CSE 5th-year Master’s student from Sunnyvale, California.

I play rhythm games.

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Diana Dai




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Hi, I’m Diana! I was born in Guangzhou, China, then I went to Toronto, Canada for high school studying. The high school “intro to programming” courses make me interested in this area, so I decided to apply for CS major after my freshman year. Later in my sophomore year, I discovered my another passion in education, so it becomes my minor now!

I enjoy watching movies and exploring new types of food 🍜. I am a huge fan of Iron Man and Marvel comics 🦸. I am super excited to part of your CSE 373 journey this quarter. Looking forward to getting to know everyone!

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Joyce Elauria




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I grew up across the Puget Sound in Bremerton, where I attended community college before transferring to UW. I hadn’t taken a programming course since high school, but decided to revisit it at UW after figuring out my original major (biochemistry) wasn’t the best for me (it was really late in my academic career – junior year!). Had a blast, and now I’m here double majoring into Informatics, and gearing up to be a Security Engineer upon graduation!

I play Dungeons and Dragons, knit/crochet blankets n’ socks, longboard, and swim competitively – all while enjoying a dope cup of tea. Tell me about your adventures, crafts, cruises, and victories!

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Kristen Hewson




Greetings! Kristen here. I grew up in a small town a couple hours North of Seattle. I took my first CS class at the end of Sophomore year and have been drawn to techy things ever since (I was planning to major in Drama before!). My degree will be in Business Administration Information Systems. I’ll be working as a tech consultant post grad and am excited to learn with y’all this quarter!

A few of my loves: nature, musical theater, recreational sports, and laughing with friends/family! Feel free to reach out to talk about literally anything :)

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Michelle Lin




Hello! I’m a current 5th year Master’s student studying Computer Science and have lived in the Seattle area my whole life (mostly on the east side). I got into computer science through joining a robotics team (FIRST LEGO League and VEX, for those who are curious) after our entire team took an online Python course together as a bonding activity. I then went on to take the AP Computer Science in high school and did my Bachelor’s degree here, in the Allen School!

After getting accepted to UW, I made it my goal to take at least one class in every major. I definitely discovered there were too many different majors to achieve that, but in the process I’ve explored some really cool classes! I’m also one of the co-chairs of CSE‘s Student Advisory Council (SAC). As for hobbies, I enjoy playing music, graphic design, fabrication, exercising (haven’t done this in awhile…), cooking, volunteering, and trying new things (I’ll try almost anything once). Ask me about anything I’ve mentioned above or give me suggestions about what I should try next :) Honestly, I’m always happy to chat about anything at all and meet new people so would love to hear from you!

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Rishabh Patted




Hi! I’m Rishabh, a senior majoring in computer science. I grew up in a town called Belgaum in India. Being unsure of what to do after Grade 12 , I took a gap year to explore my interest in physics and computer science. Eventually, I decided to pursue a path in Computer Science which led me to UW. In the past I’ve TAd CSE 131 and CSE 312. This is my first time TAing 373 and I am looking forward to it! It has been an amazing journey so far and I’ve enjoyed every bit of it!

I’m interested in photography, singing, spirituality and philosophy. I believe in the non-duality view of the world. I’m always down to talk about any of these topics! :D

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Robin Yang




Hello everyone, my name is Robin. I have just started my first quarter as a BS/MS student at CSE. I became interested in CS a long time ago and I knew that this would be something that I would love to learn about. I learned to code a little by myself, but I finally got to learn about programming after I got into UW.
This is my first quarter TAing CSE373 but I have TAed some other classes before including system programming and natural language processing. I am very excited about this class because it is one of the most interesting and useful classes I have ever taken.
Feel free to reach out if you have questions regarding the class or anything else.

I play video games with Rainbow Six: Siege being my favorite one. I love sports. I started snowboarding this winter and I am already looking forward to next winter. I have also become interested in Volleyball recently. This quarter I am taking a game capstone and I hope to make a cool game in the end.

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Samek Mulepati




Hey everyone! My name is Samek, and I’m a Junior studying Computer Science. I was born in Nepal and moved to Hawaii when I was 8. I’ve lived in the greater Seattle area since high school and took my first CS class in community college. This is my 2nd time TAing 373 and I’m excited to virtually see you all!

Outside of academics, I love reading high fantasy, I’m a big MCU fan, and I love spending time outdoors hiking, longboarding, or even going on a nice walk exploring the city. Feel free to reach out! I’m always looking for a new book recommendation, or cool places around Seattle.

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Sashu Shankar




Hello! I’m currently a sophomore and just moved up to campus for this quarter! I took my first programming class in high school and have loved to code ever since! Data Structures and Algorithms has been my favorite topic to teach, so I’m super excited to get the chance to work with all of you! This is my first time TAing 373, but I have been a 332 TA for the past 2 quarters :)

Aside from school, I’m on an Indian classical dance team, UW Natya and also learn from a performing artist back in India! I love listening to all kinds of music so definitely hit me up with any song recs (chances are I probably don’t know them). I love talking to new people, so don’t be afraid to reach out about anything even if its at 3 am, I’m usually awake 🙂

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Sherdil Niyaz




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I’m a fourth-year PhD student who caught the teaching bug while I was in undergrad. It’s become a huge passion of mine since then, and I hope to become a teaching professor once I complete my degree!

One time my family and I broke into a police officer’s car in Turkey (by mistake). I’m 100% serious.

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Shreyash Nigam




Hey guys! I’m a 3rd year student majoring in computer science. I grew up in New Delhi, India before moving to Seattle for college. This is my first time TA-ing 373, although I did TA the 14x courses for 5 quarters. Looking forward to meeting all of you in section or office hours!

Ask me about sports! I play soccer and basketball but am always open to learning about other sports. I am also really into video games (if you have a PS4/PS5 and wanna trade games hmu) and tech!

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Shumaila Ahmad




Hi! I’m a junior majoring in math and minoring in informatics and data science. I’m from Redmond, around 30 minutes east of Seattle and although I went to a STEM focused high school, I never took much interest in coding until college! I love this course because the theoretical aspects of 373 really helped me appreciate computer science more as a field and inspired me to consider it as a potential career.

In my free time, I enjoy reading photography, and biking! The longest distance I’ve ever biked was 20 miles this past summer but I’m hoping to do more in the future! Feel free to email me with any questions about the course or if you’d just like to chat.

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Sonia Fereidooni




Originally I’m from Toronto, Canada, but I moved to Washington-State for my mother’s job when I was in high school. We moved to Pullman, Washington (which is just on the border between Washington and Idaho) where I decided the rural life is not for me, and came to UW for college. So far, I’m absolutely thrilled to be a Computer Science/Data Science major at the Allen School! I’m really excited to spread the knowledge and TA this Spring!

I’m really good at Yu-Gi-Oh (only up until 3rd-Gen gameplay, everything after 5D’s does not make sense). Once, I finished Yu-Gi-Oh the Eternal Duelist’s Soul (for GBA) in under eleven hours!

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Yan Ong




I am originally from Singapore and did 2 years in the army. At the age of 21 I came to Seattle, Washington for college and haven’t looked back since. I never took a Computing class until coming to UW and am very thankful to be a junior studying Computing Engineering. I am also minoring in Entrepreneurship and hope to graduate next Spring. Outside of school, I am very passionate about technology and Sports and would love to get to meet and know all of you!

I learned how to solve the rubrik’s cube over Spring break and have been dabbling into playing chess. Sports and technology are also things I can go on endlessly about!