Select Page

Working Geek: UW computer scientist Jennifer Mankoff channeled adversity into a career path

Working Geek: UW computer scientist Jennifer Mankoff channeled adversity into a career path

Written by David

November 7, 2018

University of Washington computer science Professor Jennifer Mankoff working with students. (UW Photo) Jennifer Mankoff faced a slate of challenges that could have derailed her academic aspirations. It started with a repetitive stress injury from a poorly designed keyboard during graduate school in computer science at Georgia Tech. At its worst, the pain was so great that she couldn’t type for more than 30 minutes. Then Mankoff had two children — a welcome turn of events, but one that coincided with the launch of her faculty career and required serious logistical juggling. And then in 2006, Mankoff contracted the tick-borne Lyme disease. She experienced extreme fatigue, flu-like illness, memory trouble and problems with fine motor control. It took a year to discover the cause of her symptoms. “I had few periods in my career where I was, I don’t know what you’d call it, ‘normal,’” she said. Mankoff persevered […]

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like…

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share this post with your friends!

Shares