About Us

What is IUGA?

The Informatics Undergraduate Association (IUGA) is a Registered Student Organization that functions as a student government for Informatics students. IUGA provides official channels for communication between the Informatics undergraduate student body and the faculty and administration of the Information School. IUGA promotes the interests of, and acts as an advocate for current and prospective Informatics students in/to the Information School at the University of Washington. We provide an opportunity for social, educational, and professional activities for the Informatics student body. IUGA and its members are actively involved in the Information School community. It is the responsibility of IUGA to provide its members with the tools to help them both in their undergraduate studies and beyond, as well as to foster a greater sense of community within the Informatics program.

Who are the officers? What Do They Do?


Andrea Chen


The President is the head of IUGA and their responsibilities include:

  • Lead IUGA Meetings
  • Represent Informatics to faculty and staff with the Vice President
  • Shepherd and guide newly elected IUGA Officers during the annual transition
  • Act as backup for the Director of Finance for financial matters
  • Act as, or designate, the Informatics Representative On the iSchool Program Committee
  • Act as liaison to other iSchool student organizations


Mano Barkovics

Vice President

The Vice President fills roles as needed and has core repsonsibilities with which they are entrusted. These core responsibilities include the following.

  • Backup for the President
  • Collaborates with the Director of Outreach when communicating with External Groups
  • Responsible for scheduling bi-weekly meetings
  • Responsible for booking venues for all IUGA events
  • Responsible for handling the yearly Registration of IUGA with the SAO
  • Responsible for the meeting minutes of every IUGA meeting
  • Act as the Primary Point of Contact for Student Services when dealing with the Informatics Recruitment Process
  • Fulfill or Designate a student to fill a seat on the iSchool Student Leadership Committee and the Informatics Program Committee


Anton Zheng

Director of Finance

The director of finance maintains the Association’s financial records. This includes the following items:

  • Maintain the Financial Records
  • Provide Reports On Finances to IUGA
  • Fulfill or Designate a Student Representative for Informatics on the iSchool Student Leadership Committee
  • Organize the Financial Vectors of IUGA fundraising efforts
  • Prepare and Submit the Yearly IUGA Budget to iSchool Administration
  • Act as the Primary Account Holder for All IUGA Financial Accounts
  • Handle merchandise ordering and distribution
  • Help the incoming Director of Finance with the Yearly Budget during Spring Quarter


Oorja Chowdhary

Creative Director

To better fit the needs of our Association, the current Executive Council has decided to create a new Officer Role to better meet the needs of a growing academic program. The Creative Director will work on creating the visual style of the IUGA brand and take initiative in creating and delivering branded items. These responsibilities will include:

  • Creating merchandise for IUGA, including clothing
  • Creating informational posters/flyers for IUGA events
  • Maintain the IUGA logo and design styling
  • Create a team to help in the creation of Informatics branded items
  • Assist Finance with ordering and distribution of merchandise


Neha Yadav

Director of Public Relations

The Director of Public Relations serves a vital communication role within the Executive Council. These responsibilities Include:

  • Communicate Announcement and Events to Informatics Students
  • Lead the Planning and Organization of Social Events
  • Ensure the Smooth Operation and Execution of All IUGA events
  • Oversee Elections


Cole French

Director of Outreach

The Director of Outreach is responsible for representing both the Informatics Program and the IUGA to the professional community. They do this by:

  • Working with Students Services and the Career Center to promote employment and professional development events.
  • Work with Student Services to facilitate alumni relations
  • Promote Informatics to the University of Washington at Large and the Professional Community Along with the Vice President
  • Responsible for organizing and executing professional development events for Informatics


Katie Goulding

Director of Diversity Efforts

The Director of Diversity Efforts works to promote diversity both within the major and the iSchool. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Support and promote activist-oriented RSOs
  • Organize and promote diversity and inclusion events for the iSchool
  • Work closely with the Diversity Programs Advisor to ideate and execute diversity initiatives
  • Support and engage in an active Diversity Committee composed of students, faculty and staff
  • Fulfill, or appoint a student, to sit on the Informatics Admissions Committee during the summer
  • Ensure that the events, ideas, and products of IUGA are made with the thought of diversity and inclusion
  • Collaborate with Student Services and other Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) on campus for diversity and inclusion events


Kidus Sendeke

Director of Information Technology

The Director of Information Technology helps run the Association’s technology projects and online presence. While providing support when needed. This is done by doing the following:

  • Maintain and update the IUGA Website and associated websites using the latest web technologies
  • Monitor and maintain the IUGA gaming servers and associated assets
  • Maintain all IUGA online account credentials in a secure and scalable system
  • Manage permissions and security settings for IUGA assets across social networks and collaborative systems
  • Oversee and run technology aspects of IUGA events, including the quarterly Game Night
  • Work closely with iSchool IT and the Administration to connect the student body with all available technology and services
  • Support, Service, and Create Technology solutions for needs within the Association and the iSchool


Joseph Tsai

Director of Academic Support

The Director of Academic Support is responsible for supporting the academic needs within the Informatics Program. These responsibilities Include:

  • Understand the needs of current students
  • Organize and promote academic related events
  • Work closely with other organizations to conduct joint events


Membership eligibility in IUGA is held by matriculated declared Informatics majors as defined by the Information School and the University of Washington. Members must also be in good disciplinary standing as outlined in the Student Code at the University of Washington.

Contact Us

Have a comment, question, or suggestion?

Email us at: iUGA@uw.edu

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