SEBA networking events bring together science and engineering students with professionals in the greater Seattle community.


Meet individuals in biotech, engineering, consulting, law, and many other disciplines over lunch or happy hour provided by SEBA.

Participants gain exposure to new industries, get information on specific career paths, make valuable connections, and practice networking in a casual setting.

Learn about the day to day work of a particular career, pros/cons of specific disciplines, and how to prepare for working in a particular industry.

SEBA holds a 1- to 2-hour lunch and/or happy hour session twice a month at locations near the UW campus.

These events are open to science and engineering undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.

Before attending an event, participants are asked to submit an updated resume and online application.

Establish connections that can aid in your future educational and career goals by taking 5 minutes to apply today.

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Networking Lunch Series

SEBA Networking Lunches: November

With Dr. Merika Koday

Date: Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
Note:  Attendance is limited. Please email by Friday, November 15th with your full name and updated resume to receive further details. Since space is limited, please only reach out with serious inquires.

DESCRIPTION: SEBA holds lunch and/or happy hour sessions twice a month at locations near the UW campus. These events are open to science and engineering undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. Participants gain exposure to new industries, get information on specific career paths, make valuable connections, and practice networking in a casual setting. Events are first come first serve and limited to a small group (around 5-7 participants). Active SEBA members are given event priority.

Dr. Merika Koday

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Dr. Merika Koday is an Associate on the Science & Development Team at Accelerator Life Science Partners, focused on the sourcing and evaluation of emerging biotechnology investment opportunities.  She also provides project management and scientific development oversight to select ALSP I portfolio companies. Prior to joining Accelerator, Dr. Koday served as Project Manager for the Program for Cell and Gene Therapy at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, where she helped to advance basic research programs into clinical development and supported industry partnerships and collaborations.  Prior to her role at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Dr. Koday was a co-founder and Senior Scientist at Virvio, a University of Washington spin-out company focused on the development of de novo designed proteins as therapeutic alternatives to monoclonal antibodies. Dr. Koday completed her doctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Deb Fuller at the University of Washington where she focused on developing novel vaccines and antivirals. She holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Washington and a B.S. degree in Biochemical and Chemical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines.

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Networking Event Attendees

Delight Roberts

JD CIPP, Senior Compliance Manager of Artificial Intelligence at Microsoft

Wendy Yang

Business Development at Celgene

Brad Roberts

Head of Network Platform at Xinova

Emily Welch

VP of R&D at Tasso, Inc.

Chris Haberle

Senior Program Manager at Microsoft

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Stevan Stark

Patent Attorney at Perkins Coie

Cristina Wittkopp

PhD, Patent Agent at Lee & Hayes

Stephen McConoughey

Project and Alliance Manager at The Allen Institute

Linda Zuckerman

PhD, President and CEO of Xcede Technologies

Ben Nahir

PhD Program Manager for TiE Angels Oregon

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Networking Event Attendees

Dr. Alice Chen

Vice President, Accelerator Corporation

Dr. Nick Bennette

Strategy Consultant, Camber Collective

Dr. Payman Arabshahi

Electrical Engineering Faculty, UW and Co-motion

Loren Curtright

Structural Engineering Manager, Boeing

Dr. Josh Burton

Computational Biologist, Adaptive Corporation

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