Okke Schrijvers
Research Scientist at Facebook

1 Hacker Way
Menlo Park, CA 94025


Short Bio

Okke Schrijvers is a Research Scientist in the Core Data Science group at Facebook (see overview of academic work at CDS). He obtained his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University, where his advisor was Tim Roughgarden. From January 2016 to December 2017 he was co-editor in chief of XRDS, where he oversaw the publication of the premier CS student magazine, and occasionally wrote the letter from the editors.

One of Okke's goals is to increase the awareness among Dutch students of the possibility to do a PhD in the US, and supply them with all the information they need to apply. As a part of this, he wrote an informal document debunking existing myths and explaining the process [pdf]. He alse co-founded the UCAN (University Connection America-the Netherlands) initiative with the purpose of raising awareness and providing information; as a UCAN ambassador he gives presentations at Dutch universities and interested organizations.

Okke received his Master's Degree in CS with honors from Eindhoven University of Technology in 2012 and his Bachelor's Degree in CS with honors from Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen in 2008. Before his interest in Algorithm Design developed he had various programming jobs in the video game industry. The longest position he held between his Bachelor's and Master's, when he was a full-time employee at Playlogic Game Factory, working on the PlayStation 3 game EyePet in collaboration with Sony London Studios.