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Stephen Graham

Stephen Graham
Advising Program Assistant
AE100 Paul Allen Center
Box 352500
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: (206) 543-2142

M.A., History, University of Hawaii, 1989
B.A., History and Physics, Carleton College, 1986

Current Job Description

Staff support for the Associate Chair for Education, including departmental Time Schedule and curricular issues and act as secretary for the EE Curriculum Committee; maintain and develop databases on current students and applicants; assist in undergraduate program admission; support and back-up undergraduate advisors; maintain and create web pages for Advising Office; and other duties as necessary.

UW Employment History

My association with University of Washington started in 1985 when I applied and was admitted to the graduate program in History. I declined that offer and choose to attend the University of Hawaii instead. For a variety of reasons, I wound up in Seattle in early 1989 and accepted a temporary position as a Word Processing Operator in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Graduate School, or rather procrastinating on papers in graduate school, had taught me to type quickly and I was familiar with mathematical equations from my B.A. in Physics.

I joined the Department of Electrical Engineering in January 1990 as a Research Program Coordinator for the Intelligent Systems Laboratory under Profs. Robert Haralick and Linda Shapiro. My duties included supervising the lab's research budgets, acting as Editorial Assistant for Computer Vision, Graphics, and Image Processing, and other support for research and teaching duties. I spent much of my time typesetting Computer and Robot Vision in TeX. During this period, I also served as conference staff for a session of the 10th International Conference on Computer Vision, the 1991 IEEE Workshop on Robust Computer Vision, and the 1990 IEEE Workshop on Directions in Automated CAD-Based Vision.

In May 1992 I switched to working directly for the Department of Electrical Engineering, initially as the temporary Payroll Coordinator. From September 1992, I was an Academic Support Secretary, assisting around fifteen faculty and designing and preparing a variety of departmental newsletters and brochures. I also assisted departmental computing staff in maintaining Apple Macintosh computers and training faculty, staff, and students in their use. Other duties at various times included support for faculty, chair and dean search committees, departmental textbook coordinator, and as building keymaster. From August 1994 until January 1997, I was also departmental webmaster.

In January 1997, I transferred to the Advising Office, originally as the Graduate Program Assistant. My present set of duties began after a general reorganization of the office in Autumn 1999.


I was born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1964, the younger child of James Graham, an Episcopalian priest and community college Sociology instructor, and Gail Moore Graham, a reference librarian. I have one sister, Ann Graham Gaines, who is a freelance author of children's non-fiction. My other immediate relative of interest is Carleton Moore, Regents Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Geological Sciences and Director of the Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University.

I lived in Perrysburg, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo, from 1964-7, and Jefferson, Ohio, from 1967-70. In August 1970, my family moved to Flint, Michigan, best known as the home of General Motors. For the most part, life had its interesting moments but was largely unexceptional. Then in 1978-9, things changed - I'd recommend viewing the docucomedy Roger & Me by Michael Moore for a truthful if not entirely honest look at what happened. The other odd experience, courtesy of the local school desegregation plan, was attending two high schools at the same time, commuting between them in the middle of the school day: Flint Central, my home high school, and Flint Northern, location of the science and math specialty program.

Steve as a second grader - note the scary pants. Click for larger, original image.

After graduating from high school in 1982, I did the smart thing and fled Flint for college, choosing to attend Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Ultimately, I was unable to decide on a single major when it came time to choose. Thus I double-majored in History and Physics. My history thesis was titled Hermann Remelle was Right: The Kommunistische Partei Deutschland during the Weimar Republic and in Resistance to the Nazi Regime, while my physics thesis was Third Star to the Left and Straight On 'til Morning: Spacecraft Navigation using CCD, which focused on the Galileo mission as the central example. My extra-curricular activities included intercollegiate College Bowl, intramural ultimate frisbee and broomball, membership in the Carleton Men's Group, and causing mischief, particularly by altering elevator control panels. I was a d.j. for the campus radio station, KRLX, alternating between classical music programs and new wave rock. I spent three years working for the campus post office, ending as unofficial assistant manager.

In college, at the KRLX control board in 1983.

Having determined that grad school in physics would be a bad idea for several reasons, I went on to the University of Hawaii for a M.A., focusing on Modern Southeast Asian and Comparative Colonial History. My master's thesis was The Ecological Impact of the British Colonial Government in Upper Burma, 1880-1920. I also tortured myself for two years by attempting to learn Burmese, including two summers attending the Southeast Asian Summer Studies Institute. While at UH, I spent three semesters as a T.A. for the World Civilization program and two semesters as a T.A. for General Science: Introduction to Physics and Chemistry. I also served as Secretary and Newsletter Editor for the UH Graduate Students Organization and was one of the organizers of a failed attempt to unionize the graduate assistants. I was a founding editor and publisher of a student-run history journal, The International Journal of Historical Studies.

I moved to Seattle in January 1989 and have lived here and worked for UW since then. I am heavily involved in Dragonflight, a non-profit corporation serving the gaming hobby by staging an annual convention and running Metro Seattle Gamers, a gaming club. I have served as convention staff and club manager since 1990, as a member of the Board of Directors (1993-5, 1999-2007), Secretary to the Corporation (1993-present) and Vice-President (1995-9). I am also a moderator for the Usenet groups soc.history.moderated (1994-present), (1996-present), and (1997-2001).

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