AnHai Doan grew up in a small fishing village in rural North-Central Vietnam. Even at an early age, he already showed an exceptional ability to move west. After high school in Vinh, Nghe An, he moved to Hungary, where he earned a B.S. degree from Kossuth Lajos University in 1993. Next, he landed in Wisconsin, where he drank beer, listened to (too) much jazz and blues, and earned a M.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 1996. Then he moved again, this time going as far west as he could, finally ending up in Seattle. There, he switched to coffee (lots of it!), salmon, hiking, and partying. He fell into complicated relationships, founded a global mailing list, had fun working on several research projects, irritated his advisors, published a few papers, and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2002. All of his hard-earned degrees are in Computer Science.
In Fall 2002, he moved east to the University of Illinois-Urbana to start his life as a professor, and to start writing official-sounding bios.