Patrick Allen - Manager of Program Operations
                          Electrical Engineering
 Computer Science & Engineering   College of Engineering   University of Washington 

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Email: Seattle, WA 98195-2500 Seattle, WA 98195-2500

Patrick Allen no longer works in CSE, he's now in EE

For maters related to Prof. Etzioni, please contact Aleesha Thurber, or (206) 685-4222
For maters related to Prof. Domingos, please contact Diane Ronsano, or (206) 543-2421

Turing Center

The Turing Center is a multidisciplinary research center at the University of Washington, investigating problems at the crossroads of natural language processing, data mining, Web search, and the Semantic Web. Established in May 2005 with a multi-million dollar gift from the Utilika Foundation, the Turing Center's mission is to advance the philosophy, science, and technology of pan-lingual communication and collaboration among human and artificial agents. As Assistant Director my primary responsibilities include operations management, fiscal administration, human resources, events planning, and Web development.

University of Washington

The University of Washington is the number one nationally ranked public research university -- for more than twenty five years the UW has led the nation's public universities in competing for federal research and training grants. The University of Washington received more than $1 billion in research funding for fiscal year 2007, marking the first time it has reached this level. The University of Washington is a world leader and a premier research university with considerable economic impact; additional information is available at the Office of Research's fact sheet.

Department of Computer Science & Engineering

The University of Washington Department of Computer Science and Engineering is a top ten nationally ranked computer science department -- for a number of years UW CSE has ranked among the top ten programs in the nation, along with Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, MIT, Stanford, Illinois, Cornell, Texas, Princeton, Caltech and Wisconsin. Additional information is available from the 2010 edition of US News "America's Best Colleges" . UW CSE research is active in most areas of computer science and computer engineering. Why choose CSE?

In addition to my role with the Turing Center, I am also the Administrative Director for the research groups led by Prof. Oren Etzioni, Prof. Pedro Domingos, Prof. Mausam, and Prof. Luke Zettlemoyer. Principally my faculty's research is in the area of Artificial Intelligence, though we also work closely with the Database group.

Organizational overview of CSE Faculty Groups & their Admins.

Research Administration Summary - Patrick Allen

My primary responsibility is the cradle to grave management of research projects from government, industry, and foundations. I handle all aspects of grant, contract, and gift management from pre-award administration to post-award operations to final closeout and reporting. I serve as an interface between faculty investigators, research sponsors, and the University for award negotiations, policies and procedures, compliance, and intellectual property issues. My role has grown increasingly complex since moving into the Paul G. Allen Center in 2003. In order to fully maximize our new building space we've shifted our research approach to target large-scale awards that allow us to add research staff, specialty computing labs, and equipment.

Supervision, mentoring, and employee recognition

Patrick currently co-supervises Chiemi Yamaoka. Chiemi provides administrative support for several research administrators in the department. Her help with travel and procurement has been instrumental. Chiemi is a terrific resource. She is well organized and takes initiative to proactively address work related items before potential problems can arise.

Patrick has supervised a number of permanent fulltime assistants over the years. He has been blessed to have hired some exceptionally outstanding individuals. The best and brightest, Josh Apfel, has gone on to a very distinguished UW career of his own. Josh is now the Administrator and HR Manager in Global Health. Patrick was delighted to serve as a reference for Josh and give him my highest recommendation. Patrick also supervised Carol Matsumoto, who won a College of Engineering Community of Innovators Award in 2010. Patrick’s letter of recommendation for Carol can be found here.

Patrick’s style of supervision has always been to recognize and reward the contributions of employees when milestones are achieved or when extra effort has been necessary. Typically Patrick provides small gifts from iTunes,, etc.

Patrick has also been at the forefront of recognizing the exceptionally hard work of Compliance Analysts in the Office of Sponsored Programs. Patrick and his CSE research administration colleagues have provided small tokens of appreciation to our CA's over the years. Patrick also wrote to nominate former CA John Streck for the UW-wide Distinguished Staff Award. Patrick’s nominating letter, also signed by all his colleagues, can be found here.

Recent Large-Scale Research Project Management

Research Sponsors and Donors

Current federal research sponsors include the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Army Research Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity. Previous federal research sponsors have included the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and National Institutes of Health. Additional support from foundations and corporations has come from the Utilika Foundation, Washington Research Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Google, Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Yahoo, Kodak, Ford, and others.

News From my Research Groups

YouTube Video: Open Information Extraction at the University of Washington

Brief Bio

I received my Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Assessment (1992) from Western Washington University. I have 15 years experience managing multi-million dollar research projects at the University of Washington. I moonlighted as a Computer Support Technician in the Computer Science & Engineering Lab from 1998 – 2001 and completed six Microsoft certified curriculum courses from 1999 – 2000, CSE 142 in summer 1999, and earned a certificates in Network Fundamentals and Set Up/Troubleshoot PC at Bellevue College in 1996.

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