Ed Lazowska and Hank Levy are two of the University of Washington’s best known computer science professors. And while they are mainstays on campus and in the community, we’ve never seen them quite like this before.

Headshots of Lazowska and Levy replace the “Os” in a T-shirt for Google’s 2012 Seattle Summer internship program, as shown in this photograph of Zorah Lea Fung.

It is typical to see star athletes immortalized in this way on campus, but pretty rare for the geeks to get their due. We’re not sure who made the shirt, but seeing Lazowska and Levy in the middle of the Google logo certainly cracked us up.

And, given the tight market for engineering and computer science minds in the region, there’s certainly a need for big tech companies like Google, Amazon.com, Microsoft and Facebook to woo (some may say butter up) faculty and researchers.

Will a T-shirt do the trick?

Plenty of University of Washington computer science grads have landed gigs at Google in the recent past. In fact, the Seattle office was previously led by former UW computer science professor Brian Bershad.

Previously on GeekWireMeet the future: These 21 UW computer science grads are ready to change the world

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  • guest

    Nice tribute. And another sign of MS’s diminished relevance. Remember when it was the game in town for UW CS grads?

    • Guest

      Not really, no. Microsoft generally hired all the poorest UW CS grads, the kinds of losers who would quit and troll on-line forums. The straight-A students usually went on to companies that actually produced good software.

      • guest

        Is that what you told yourself when they turned your application down?

  • Guest

    Zorah Fung designed and drew the t-shirt. She was a software engineering intern at Google this summer.

  • Michael

    Zorah Fung designed and drew the t-shirt. She was a software engineering intern at Google this summer.

  • Zorah Fung

    I designed and drew the T-shirt! Gotta show a little love for my department.

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