This week, AI2 and the UW Allen School held a reception to honor Asila Maksumova, recipient of the 2019 Allen AI Outstanding Engineer Scholarship for Women and Underrepresented Minorities. This annual scholarship is part of AI2’s ongoing efforts to encourage diversity and equality across AI disciplines and career levels, as well as to foster and improve the important connection between academic and industry research.
Held in the Zillow Commons in the new Bill & Melinda Gates Center at UW, several members of AI2 and students and faculty from the UW Allen School gathered to congratulate Asila. We heard remarks from CSE Chair, professor, and AI2 board member Ed Lazowska, AI2 senior engineer Joanna Power, last year’s scholarship recipient Christine Betts, and from Asila herself, who described this scholarship as a meaningful opportunity and a great way to gain important exposure and insight to the research environment and the pursuit of AI for the common good.
AI2 looks forward to working with Asila during the internship that is offered along with this scholarship, and to supporting future promising engineers from underrepresented groups through this important investment in education and connection.
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