Okke Schrijvers is a third-year PhD student in CS at Stanford University, where his advisor is Tim Roughgarden. He enjoys Algorithmic Game Theory, Combinatorial Optimization and general Algorithms research. In addition to research, he is active in the CS department where he helps to organize the Admit Weekend for Prospective CS PhD students, organizes the department's TGIF, and has reviewed applications for the PhD admissions committee.
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.