Welcome!

Hi, I’m Zhennan(John) Zhou. Currently, I’m in my MS portion of the BS/MS program in Computer Science at the University of Washington, Seattle. I’m interested in HCI(Interface Toolkits and Design Tools) and Software Engineering. I believe joyful interactions can empower individuals to accomplish goals and society as a whole. That’s how I’m motivated to study various topics in Computer Science. I enjoy my interdisciplinary interests and strive for mixing them into my career.

I am currently a graduate research assistant in the Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD) Lab in Computer Science and Engineering at UW advised by Professor Kurtis Heimerl. I’m very fortunate to work with Ph.D. student Esther Jang, and Ph.D. student Sudheesh Singanamalla and other amazing grad students in the lab. The project I’m working on focuses on improving the local cellular network conditions in low-income, rural communities around Seattle area. I’m responsible for the network measurement and data collection tools as well as other services, such as community donation.

In my free time, I’m also an indie and dedicated iOS developer. I co-develop an Task Management App called Ahead on iOS platform, which helps people schedule and organize their daily tasks, keep track of progress and improvements as well as give them motivation to keep going and get rid of procrastination habit.

I also love photography. Check out my online collections here.


News 📰

  • June 2022: Join F5 Networks, Inc as a SDE Intern!
  • Mar. 2022: Received the best course paper in CSE510! (Check out the paper manuscript)
  • Jan. 2021: Joined the ICTD Lab and worked on Seattle Community Network!