Pre-Collegiate Summer Immersion Program coming Summer 2020!
Seattle University’s Summer Immersion program welcomes competitive high school juniors and seniors looking for an opportunity to explore the ethics of machine learning technologies. Students will spend two weeks learning about transformative technologies, and have the experience of applying what they learn during visits to local tech industry leaders. Students will leave the program with an understanding of the basic principles of machine learning, analytics, and artificial intelligence. Students will also develop a legal and ethical framework to think about how to optimize such technologies so they contribute to human well-being.
In addition to the course in Transformative Technologies, students will participate in a Leadership Boot Camp where they will engage in activities designed to promote self-awareness and skills that will support them in the college application/admission process, including personal essay design and college interviewing.
And of course, the program would not be complete without the fun cultural experience of summertime in Seattle! We will explore Pike Place Market, Capitol Hill, the Space Needle, and Seattle Center, including the Museum of Pop Culture and more.
Seattle University, Seattle, WA
Coming Summer 2020!
This course will examine the opportunities and challenges introduced by machine learning technologies such as autonomous cars and chatbots through the perspectives of the law and ethical values.
Senior Instructor, Management
Director, Bridge MBA Program
Dr. Nathan Colaner is a senior instructor in the Department of Management and the Director of the Bridge MBA program. Colaner’s PhD is in philosophy, with a focus on ethics and epistemology in general. But his subsequent MBA & Business Analytics degree led him to focus specifically on data ethics and the ethics of machine learning & artificial intelligence. His recent research is on the ethical, technical, and epistemological aspects of machine learning, specifically regarding the creation of explainable artificial intelligence. He teaches "Law and Ethics in Business Analytics" in the graduate and undergraduate programs in business analytics. These classes deal with the ethical and legal implications of data use and responsible business uses of artificial intelligence. As a consultant, he works directly with private and governmental organizations to implement ethical data and machine learning solutions.
Senior Program Manager, Google
Dr. Tracy Ann Kosa is currently teaching privacy at Seattle University, conducting research at Stanford University, working in security at Google and serving as the Ombudsman for the AI Ethics Board for Axon. Kosa has previously held a number of privacy leadership roles at Microsoft, the Government of Ontario and related tech agencies, where she has helped multiple departments and teams pioneer measurement and assessment programs across the organizations as key components of corporate-wide privacy functions.
Kosa has been active in technology ethics, privacy, and user trust across healthcare, education, finance and the law enforcement sector for 20 years. She specializes in interdisciplinary approaches developing models, systems and processes to capture human values for computational purposes. She has specialized in privacy programs, technical solution design, privacy product development, incident response and breach notification with a focus on automation.
Kosa has been awarded degrees in computer science (Ph.D.), ethics (MA), public policy (MA) and political science (Hons.BA).
Certified Educational Planner
Mark Hofer, Ed.D and CEP, is a college admissions expert and the founder of Your College Matters, LLC, a nationally recognized college consulting practice. Dr. Hofer has been a leader in the field of education and adolescent leadership development for nearly two decades, including ten years developing and facilitating high school leadership programs for the Bezos Scholars Program. Mark’s education includes a Doctorate in Education and a Masters in Teaching from Seattle University as well as ten years of high school classroom teaching experience. In addition, he is a graduate of UC Irvine’s College Counseling Certification program and is one of only four nationally Certified Educational Planners (CEP) in Washington State. He visits dozens of colleges each year to understand and stay current in the ever-changing field of college admissions, student perspectives and college campus culture.
Mark excels in helping students discover their strengths and interests as they identify appropriate college options and best fit schools. He actively guides students to personal and academic maturity so they arrive on campus prepared for success. Mark strongly believes in making advanced college planning available to all students, regardless of academic or social background.
With additional degrees in the sciences, Mark has worked in psychology, physiology, biology and aerospace engineering research labs and taught high school science and psychology. Previously, Dr. Hofer worked in the development and testing of engines and vehicle technologies at Blue Origin – and directed the company’s internship and co-op programs for thirteen years.