UW Economics 2017 Distinguished Alumna Gita Gopinath has been appointed as the Economics Counsellor and Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) by Managing Director, Christine Lagarde. “Gita is one of the world’s outstanding economists, with impeccable academic credentials, a proven track record of intellectual leadership, and extensive international experience,” Ms. Lagarde said. “All this makes her exceptionally well-placed to lead our Research Department at this important juncture. I am delighted to name such a talented figure as our Chief Economist.”
Dr. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana (PhD '94) has been appointed as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The announcement was made September 13 by UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
The Department’s Visiting Committee celebrated another successful year at their annual Summer Social Event on July 25th, co-hosted by Cary Oshima and Olga Yang. The event presented an opportunity for the VC to reflect on the past year’s work, and look forward to the next year, all while enjoying each other’s company and beautiful views from the Waterfront Activities Center. Dean Stacey spoke to the needs of the college and how alumni in particular can help going forward, he also thanked the VC for their continued support of the department.
The Department of Economics was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the death of Fiscal Specialist Chris Fendrich on June 18. Chris was doing one of the things he enjoyed the most - running - when he was hit by a car and died from his injuries.
On Friday, May 18th, over 1,200 students gathered to participate in the 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium. This annual symposium gives students a chance to present their research to a larger audience, and provides a forum for students and faculty to discuss cutting edge research.