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Chancellor Kenyon Chan

March 2013

Greetings Colleagues,

It is the week of spring break and the halls of UW Bothell are strangely quiet. The students and faculty are enjoying a well-deserved week off while the rest of the campus prepares for the busy spring quarter ahead.

UW Bothell celebrated two important "firsts" during the month of March. First, the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) was officially launched. The school was approved by the University of Washington Board of Regents in February and was effective March 15.

Second, UW Bothell now has three new deans (formerly program directors) of the Schools of Business, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and STEM. As a branch campus of the University of Washington, UW Bothell was created with academic programs, rather than schools. The appointment of three deans is recognition that the schools of UW Bothell have reached a maturity, size, support structure and status to warrant their change of status to collegiate-level schools headed by deans. Read more about our new deans below or at this website.

The students at UW Bothell continue to excel and achieve. I'd like to highlight two of them, both recent winners of the prestigious Mary Gates Scholarship. Nursing student Christopher Nelson received a Mary Gates Venture Scholarship. This particular scholarship is very rarely awarded; Chris is the first UW Bothell recipient. Biology student Jenia Ostrovskaya was recognized with a Mary Gates Research Scholarship for spring and fall quarters. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first Mary Gates Scholarship awarded to a UW Bothell student for basic science research. Congratulations to these exceptional students and to the dedicated faculty and staff who helped them achieve their goals.

On the legislative front, we are still awaiting a final budget. I am hopeful that there will be some investment in higher education from Olympia this year.

Spring quarter begins April 1 and it promises to be an eventful time full of scholarship and activities. I invite you to visit the campus, meet our students and enjoy the infectious energy of a thriving university environment.

Kind regards,


UW Bothell Announces School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

School of STEM

The School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) became an official school on the UW Bothell campus earlier this month. The School of STEM combines two existing programs -- computing and software systems and science and technology. To ensure the school is aligned with industry needs, it will rely on an advisory board comprised of representatives from Microsoft, Boeing, Phillips Healthcare, and other Puget Sound area scientific organizations.

School of STEM Dean Elaine Scott says the new school will provide world-class science and technology instruction, with an emphasis on providing access to underserved populations. "We are working with our colleagues in the UW Bothell education program, along with partners in the K-12 system to encourage and equip young people from all backgrounds to consider a career in math, science, computing or engineering."

The school now serves more than 600 students and has 36 full-time and 14 part-time faculty. Additional degrees in cyber security, chemistry, computer engineering and mechanical engineering will be added in 2014, around the same time a new Science and Academic building (UWB 3) opens. The $68 million building will enable UW Bothell to enroll 1,000 more students annually.

UW Bothell Names Three Deans

Bruce Burgett
Sandeep Krishnamurthy
Elaine Scott

Bruce Burgett (School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences), Sandeep Krishnamurthy (School of Business) and Elaine Scott (School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are UW Bothell’s first school deans.

Bruce Burgett, Ph.D., earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degree in English at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include American studies, cultural studies, queer studies, critical race studies and interdisciplinary and public scholarship.

Sandeep Krishnamurthy, Ph.D., earned his doctorate in marketing from the University of Arizona and a B.Tech in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai. His areas of expertise include marketing, e-commerce and game theory. He joined UW Bothell in 1996.

Elaine Scott, Ph.D., joined UW Bothell in 2012; she was previously professor and director of engineering programs at Seattle Pacific University. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in agricultural engineering from the University of California, Davis. She also holds doctoral degrees in agricultural engineering and mechanical engineering from Michigan State University

Burgett, Krishnamurthy and Scott previously held the title of director of their respective programs.

Introducing The Next

The Next

The Center for Serious Play (CSP) recently launched its most recent project: The Next @ UWB (, a new media publication and platform. From concept to color and content, the site was designed and developed by CSP students as one of the center's winter quarter projects. The students' work exemplifies UW Bothell's goal, to inspire innovation and creativity. The Next is a living interdisciplinary and interactive digital experience covering a variety of fields including science, the arts, gender and cultural studies and education.

Center for Serious Play director Jason Pace says the program's primary goal is to help students bridge the identity divide between consumer and contributor, while providing an opportunity to develop robust online portfolios to support, and in some cases guide, career aspirations.

Chancellor Emeritus to Receive Honorary Degree

Warren Buck

UW Bothell Chancellor Emeritus William Buck will receive an honorary degree at the May 12 commencement of The College of William and Mary, his alma mater. Buck received his master's and doctorate in theoretical high-energy nuclear physics from William and Mary and is an internationally-recognized physicist. He is also known to inspire students of color to pursue careers in the sciences. Buck became the first chancellor of the UW Bothell campus in 1999 and served in that role until 2005 when he stepped down to return to the classroom.

Tilden Receives 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award


Ron Tilden is the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award. Tilden is a lecturer in the School of Business. He came to UW Bothell in 2001 as a part-time lecturer and joined the faculty on a full-time basis in 2007 after a successful career in financial management in the technology sector. Before joining the university, Tilden was chief financial officer of WRQ, Inc., a software company in Seattle. Earlier in his career, he was the chief financial officer of Intermec Corporation, and also held various positions with the international accounting firm of Deloitte and Touche.

Tilden played an integral role in launching the accounting degree option that accepted its first students in 2008. He also helped students launch Beta Alpha Psi, the highly successful honorary accounting organization which placed first in national competition in 2012. Tilden also serves as the group's faculty advisor.

Upcoming Events

UW Bothell Husky 5K

UW Bothell Husky 5K
Saturday, May 11, 2013

8:00 a.m.
UW Bothell Campus

Lace up your shoes for the 8th annual Husky 5K! The event includes great food and entertainment. Proceeds benefit student scholarships. Register today.

Chancellor's Dinner

Chancellor's Dinner
Friday, May 17, 2013

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Hollywood Hill School House, Woodinville WA

Join us for the 2013 University of Washington Bothell Chancellor’s Reception and Dinner!