Ellis Michael



University of Washington - July 2015–Present
Ph.D. Computer Science
Advisors: Dan Ports & Tom Anderson
University of Washington - July 2015–March 2017
M.S. Computer Science
University of Texas at Austin - August 2011–May 2015
B.S. Computer Science Honors, B.A. Plan II Honors
Graduated with Highest Honors, GPA: 4.0

Research Interests

I am interested in the theory and practice of distributed systems.


Work Experience

Google, Mountain View - Software Engineering Intern - Summer 2013
  • Mentor: Sean Lip
  • Developed a full-text search module for Google's Course Builder, a Google App Engine application
  • Worked across the application's entire stack in CSS, HTML (with Jinja templating), Javascript, and Python
IBM, Austin - Software Engineering Intern - Summer 2012
  • Developed a tool to expedite the integration and build process for the Business Process Management (BPM) group using DB2, TeamCity, RTC, and BPM
  • Created RESTful APIs in Java

Teaching Experience

Distributed Systems (CSE 452/M552), University of Washington - Teaching Assistant - Spring 2017
Foundations of Computing I (CSE 311), University of Washington - Tutor - Spring 2016, Fall 2016
Foundations of Computing II (CSE 312), University of Washington - Tutor - Winter 2016
Honors Research Methods (UGS 303), University of Texas at Austin - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant - Fall 2013, Fall 2014
Discrete Mathematics (M 325K), University of Texas at Austin - Grader - Spring 2013



  • UW CSE Industrial Affiliates Madrona Prize Runner-Up, 2016

Graduate Fellowships

  • IBM PhD Fellowship, 2019
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2017
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, 2016
  • Jeff Dean - Heidi Hopper Endowed Regental Fellowship, 2015
  • Gary Kildall Endowed Fellowship, 2015

Undergraduate Honors Programs

  • Dean's Scholars Honors Program
  • Turing Scholars Honors Program
  • Plan II Honors

Undergraduate Awards

  • Dean's Honored Graduate, College of Natural Sciences
  • Distinguished College Scholar in the College of Natural Sciences, 2012–2014
  • College of Natural Science Book Award | Graduate Distributed Computing, Fall 2013

Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Frances Rather Seybold and Frances Randolph Rather Seybold Endowed Presidential Scholarship, 2014
  • Eva Stevenson Woods Endowed Presidential Scholarship, 2014
  • Michelle K. Brock and Sophia and G.W. Brock Endowed Presidential Scholarship, 2014 and 2013
  • Kevin E. Underhill Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship, 2014 and 2013
  • Chevron Scholar, 2014 and 2012
  • Ralph R. Nelson Endowed Presidential Scholarship, 2013
  • Bettie Johnson Halsell Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Liberal Arts, 2013
  • Renee Wolfe Zelman and Norman Zelman Endowed Scholarship, 2012
  • Joe P. Liberty Endowed Scholarship in Plan II, 2012
  • National Merit Scholar, 2011


  • OSDI External Reviewer, 2018
  • UW CSE Graduate Admissions Committee, 2018 and 2019