1;95;0c CSE 390L, UW CSE Leadership Seminar Series, Winter 2017

University of Washington
Computer Science & Engineering

Leadership Seminar Series

CSE 390L, Winter 2017


Tuesdays, 1:30-2:20, EEB 037 (note room change!)
Instructors: Ed Lazowska / Dan Grossman
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:

  • What do you need to know in order to succeed, that you don't learn in your classes or during an internship?
  • 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?
  • Why might you choose graduate school vs. tech industry employment after graduation?
These should be great, informative, interactive sessions. This seminar has been very well received during its past offerings (2011-2015). But it's up to you - you need to make it interactive!

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

Send email to course members by using the address cse390l_wi17 at uw.edu.

The archive of email is available here.

The lineup

This year we have another amazing lineup - come to class prepared to take advantage of these alums. Think of them as "postcards from your future."

Tuesdays, 1:30, EEB 037 (note room change!)
Date Room Guest(s) Experience
January 3 EEB 037 Recent alums:
    Alex Crown, 2014 UW CSE B.S., 2016 UW CSE M.S.
    Zorah Fung, 2013 UW CSE B.S.,
        2015 UW CSE M.S.
    Katie McCorkell, 2013 UW Psychology B.S.,
        2015 UW CSE B.S.
These alums are individual contributors at:
    Sift Science + UW CSE faculty
January 10 EEB 037 Alyssa (Harding) Pittman, 2009 UW CSE B.S.
Slides: Google docs, pdf
WhitePages -> Google
January 17 EEB 037 Mike Borozdin, 2001 UW Economics B.S.,
        2001 UW CSE B.S.
Slides: Google docs, pdf
IBE Corp. (Co-Founder & President) -> Microsoft -> DocuSign -> Tempo Automation (VP, Software)
January 24 EEB 037 Jeremy Brudvik, 2008 UW CSE B.S.,
        2010 Georgia Tech CS M.S.
Allen Chen, 2007 UW CSE B.S.
Slides: pdf
Georgia Tech M.S. -> Intel Labs Seattle -> Intel -> Consultant -> DataBlade (Co-Founder & CEO)
Amazon -> NileTap (Co-Founder & CTO) -> CloudPress (Co-Founder) -> News Corp -> DataBlade (Co-Founder & CEO)
January 31 EEB 037 Mitchell Hashimoto, 2011 UW CSE B.S.
Slides: pdf
Kiip -> HashiCorp (Co-Founder & CEO -> CTO)
February 7 EEB 037 Stephanie Smallman, 2010 UW CSE B.S. Teaching in Spain -> Egraphs -> Redfin
February 14 EEB 037 Jeff Prouty, 2010 UW CSE B.S. Google -> DroneSeed (CTO)
February 21 EEB 037 Garrett Wu, 2006 UW CSE B.S. Google -> WibiData (Co-Founder & CTO) -> Likelihood (Co-Founder & CTO)
February 28 EEB 037 Brendan Roof, 2010 UW CSE B.S.
Slides: pdf
WhitePages -> Google -> Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
March 7 EEB 037 Franzi Roesner, 2008 UT Austin CS B.S.,
        2011 UW CSE M.S., 2014 UW CSE Ph.D.
Slides: pdf pptx
UW CSE faculty