Spotlight on Albert G. Greenberg, PhD

Albert G. Greenberg, ARCS Seattle Chapter Scholar, Elected to National Academy of Engineering

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Albert G. Greenberg’s (Computer Science (Ph.D.), University of Washington, 1983, Seattle Chapter) February 2016 election to the National Academy of Engineering—one of engineering’s highest awards—underscores the global importance of his groundbreaking contributions to computer science. Director of Azure Networking (Microsoft Corp.) and previously with Bell Labs and AT&T Labs Research, Albert has transformed cloud-based datacenters and internet communications through development of shared virtual networks, novel network management tools, and pioneering algorithms. Called “a visionary computer-networking expert,” his work has significantly improved reliability, performance, and security. Other honors include the 2015 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGCOMM Award for Lifetime Contribution; the 2015 IEEE Kobayashi Award; and his 2006 nomination as an ACM Fellow for innovations benefiting people worldwide. He also serves on the board and the CTO Council of the Open Networking Foundation and holds many patents.

Spotlight on Ingrid Swanson Pultz, PhD

Ingrid Swanson Pultz, UW ARCS Scholar 2005-08

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IngridCeliac disease, an inflammatory disease caused by the ingestion of gluten, is a serious health problem. It affects approximately 2.4 million people and generates $15–$35 billion in health costs each year in the United States alone. But a promising new treatment is on the horizon, thanks to former ARCS Scholar Dr. Ingrid Swanson Pultz. She’s working on the design of a new enzyme, KumaMax, which is meant to break down gluten in the stomach before it reaches the intestines and causes an inflammatory immune response. KumaMax began as an undergraduate student project for the 2011 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. Ingrid founded UW’s iGEM team while pursuing her PhD in microbiology and served as advisor to the group for several years. Now a translational investigator for the UW Institute for Protein Design, Ingrid appreciates the extra flexibility created by the funding she received as an ARCS Scholar. “Graduate school is a labor of love, not money,” she says. “The extra cushion I enjoyed as an ARCS Scholar made a big difference in my life. It allowed me to have my own living space so I could think without distraction, made it possible for me to purchase an electric bike so I could get to work faster, and so much more.”