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STEAM Cafe: Dr. Karin Strauss

  • LWGMS 810 18th Avenue Seattle, WA, 98122 United States (map)

The STEAM Department hosts STEAM Cafés once a month – a time for students to meet with female leaders in STEM fields and learn about their research or work. STEAM Cafés are a wonderful opportunity to open our students' minds to new careers and introduce students to STEM role models. Also, STEAM Cafés are a great way to invite community members into our building without impacting class schedules or curriculum.

This Friday, we will host Dr. Karin Strauss!

Dr. Strauss is a researcher in Computer Architecture at Microsoft Research (MSR). She is also an affiliate associate professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Washington.

Dr. Strauss' research lies at the intersection of computer architecture, systems, and biology. As traditional semiconductor scaling has started to slow down, she investigates alternative approaches to continue the improvement we have been seeing in computer systems over the last few decades. Approaches she has been studying include hardware accelerators for machine learning, emerging memory technologies, and the use of biotechnology to the benefit of the IT industry. Dr. Strauss also work on system software for these new architectures.

Lately, Dr. Strauss' focus has been on creating an end-to-end system that stores digital data in DNA. She has the privilege to work with a team of brilliant researchers and they have been making quite a lot of progress. Check out their latest announcement.

Dr. Strauss received her PhD in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007. During her studies, she collaborated very closely with top-notch researchers at IBM Research, where she also worked on the Blue Gene project. After graduating, she worked for almost two years at AMD Research.

If you are interested in DNA storage, click here.

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Earlier Event: January 10
STEAM Cafe: Dr. Barbra Richardson, Ph.D.
Later Event: February 9
STEAM Cafe: Dr. Sylvia Lee