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matt wang (he/him) |

👋 hi! I'm an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington.

Broadly, I love computer science and am interested in making computer science education more accessible, equitable, and inclusive.

Right now, I'm especially interested in teaching digital accessibility, improving developer tooling with a pedagogical lens, studying student organizations, broader education policy, and developing open-source software & content.

Currently, I'm:

past lives

I received two B.S.'s and an M.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles. I grew up in Toronto, Canada, and still maintain my love of winter sports and poutine.

As a student, I was a research assistant at the Northeastern Probabilistic Programming Lab (and PRL) working primarily on RSDD; the inaugural outreach chair for NeurIPS 2022; wearer of many hats at ACM at UCLA and ACM Teach LA; a software engineering intern at CZI, Facebook, Adobe, AWS, Booz Allen, and AudioNotch; and, one of the first employees of the UCLA Makerspace.

Prior to becoming a professor, I've been doing some sort of teaching for about a decade. As a graduate student, I TA'd three quarters of CS 131: Programming Languages at UCLA (with a focus on building course infrastructure and novel content). As an undergraduate, I taught hundreds of undergrads web development through ACM at UCLA and QWER Hacks, middle and high school classes through ACM Teach LA and BEAM at UCLA, and dedicated a big chunk of my life to student advocacy & institution-building. I also developed and taught various workshops at the UCLA Makerspace. In high school, I taught various classes, workshops, camps, and afterschool programs in computer science, robotics, debate, and math.

When I was younger, I had the (admittedly strange) dream job of working for the CFPB or FTC. I'm still interested in a handful of areas surrounding education and health policy, public economics, consumer protection, and antitrust — though I'm far from an expert!

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