MSc (Cmpt), 2009
BSc (Physics), 2003
Kate Tsoukalas has built a successful career in computing science while championing women in technology.
The former Women in Computing Science (WICS) student group president recently established an endowment fund for female computing science students with fellow alumna Brittany Zenger.
As a student, Kate welcomed the camaraderie and support she found in the WICS community and to this day, still uses the network to give and receive career advice.
Once the fund has met its minimum goal of $20,000, the award – valued at a minimum of $800 – will help pay for schooling and recognize outstanding volunteer efforts.
Kate was hired as a software engineer at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, WA, soon after graduation, where she is now the senior test lead with the app and foundations team for Windows Phone.
She has influenced several of the phone’s crucial design decisions, including the three-column layout and customizable ringtones. She enjoys being close to the action and frequently speaks with customers to gain first-hand insight into user experience.
Kate Tsoukalas is passionate about helping students reach their professional goals and advises them to be intellectual explorers – to try different things and think outside the box when it comes to education and global career opportunities.
She is an exceptional ambassador for women in technology and an inspiration for burgeoning computing scientists everywhere.