University of Washington
Computer Science & Engineering

Leadership Seminar Series

CSE 390L, Spring Quarter 2011


Tuesdays, 1:30-2:20, CSE 305 (refreshments and further discussion, 2:20-3:00)
Instructors: Ed Lazowska / Hank Levy
A one-credit (CR/NC) seminar series


The UW CSE Leadership Seminar Series, CSE 390L, is a one-credit (CR/NC) seminar series, primarily targeted at upper-division CSE undergraduates, that brings CSE alumni and friends to campus to describe how to be effective in a startup, small company, large company, or less common environment. Our guests will discuss topics such as:

  • How do you position yourself to work on interesting projects?
  • In a large company, what strategies can make you influential, vs. a cog in a wheel?
  • What is life like in a startup?
  • If your goal is to start and grow your own company, where do you begin?
  • What are the pros and cons of less common career options, such as teaching high school computer science?
These should be great, informative, interactive sessions.

Course requirements

Regular attendance, active participation. Please read up on the individual and his/her employer(s) in advance of each course session.

Course email archive

The lineup

Tuesdays, 1:30, CSE 305 or CSE 691
Date Room Guest(s) Experience
March 29 CSE 305 Greg Badros
2000 CSE Ph.D. alum
Go2Net -> InfoSpace -> Google -> Facebook
April 5 CSE 305 Wayne Yamamoto
1988 CSE M.S. alum
BroadVision -> Rustic Canyon Partners -> MerchantCircle -> Charity Blossom
Slides from talk
UW web page from Charity Blossom
April 12   No class (Ed at MIT)  
April 19 CSE 691 Brad Fitzpatrick
2002 CSE B.S. alum
LiveJournal -> Danga Interactive -> Six Apart -> Google
April 26 CSE 691 Crystal Hoyer
2004 CSE B.S. alum
Senior Program Manager Lead, Microsoft
May 3 CSE 691 Tam Armstrong
CSE 2004 B.S. alum
Ares Interactive -> Oberon Media -> Sony Online Entertainment -> Bungie
May 10 CSE 691 Lauren Bricker / Hélène Martin
1998 CSE Ph.D. alum / 2008 CSE B.S. alum
CS teachers at Lakeside School / Garfield High School
Linked-in /
May 17 CSE 691 Jeremy Jaech
1980 CSE M.S. alum
Co-founder of Aldus, Visio, and Trumba; CEO of Verdiem
May 24 CSE 691 Brett Helsel
CSE friend
Sr. VP Engineering, Isilon Systems
May 31 CSE 691 Ed Lazowska, Shwetak Patel,
Roxana Geambasu, Mike Piatek
Graduate School and Research