Leith Abdulla

“We lived in Quillen in Escondido Village in a 10th floor, corner apartment. It had the iconic view of the Spanish roof tiles of Stanford. The view  allowed you to soak up all Stanford had to offer, and you could also see the bus and know how fast you had to run to catch it.”


“Stanford wants to create people that don’t have boundaries. People are most successful when they don’t have to fit into a bucket, and they realize there are many buckets. That was a defining aspect of Stanford for me.”

Leith Abdulla, MS ’07, electrical engineering

Software engineer and manager at Coursera, an EdTech company founded by two Stanford professors.

His motto: Keep it simple.

His roots: Austin, TX. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Texas at Austin.

Photographed at Burgess Park near his home in Menlo Park, CA, with his single-speed bike, October 25, 2015. Just keeping it simple.