Ed Lazowska holds the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington.
Lazowska received his A.B. from Brown University in 1972 and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1977, when he joined the University of Washington faculty.
Lazowska's research and teaching concern the design, implementation, and analysis of high-performance computing and communication systems. For the first ten years of his career, Lazowska's principal focus was computer system performance: the development of effective performance evaluation techniques, and the use of these techniques to gain insight about significant computer systems and computer system design issues. Lazowska then turned his attention to the design and implementation of distributed and parallel computer systems - work that yielded a number of widely-embraced approaches to kernel and system design in areas such as thread management, high-performance local and remote communication, load sharing, cluster computing, and the effective use of the underlying architecture by the operating system. His focus today is eScience: evolving, and making accessible, the techniques and technologies of data-intensive science. Twenty two Ph.D. students and twenty three M.S. students have completed degrees working with him. (See a Ph.D. family tree as of August 2010 here.)
Lazowska's current activities include directing the University of Washington eScience Institute, whose objective is to make the techniques and technologies of data-intensive science available across the UW campus; chairing the Computing Community Consortium, whose objective is to expand the engagement of the computing research community in articulating and addressing the societal challenges of the 21st century; and, until recently, co-chairing (with David E. Shaw) the Working Group of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) charged with reviewing the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program.
Lazowska is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a Member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was selected to deliver the 1996 University of Washington Annual Faculty Lecture, and to receive the 1998 University of Washington Outstanding Public Service Award. He chaired UW Computer Science & Engineering from 1993-2001; under his leadership, CSE received the inaugural University of Washington Brotman Award for Instructional Excellence, four CSE faculty members were recognized with the University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award, one with the University of Washington Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award, and eight with Sloan Research Fellowships. Along with Tom Alberg (Managing Director of Madrona Venture Group) and Jeremy Jaech (CSE alumnus, co-founder of Aldus, Visio, and Trumba, and CEO of Verdiem) he led the fundraising campaign for the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering, which was dedicated in 2003. In 2000 Lazowska was named the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair, and included in the BAM 100 - "the one hundred Brown University alumni who arguably had the greatest impact, for good or for ill [they didn't say which], on the twentieth century." In 2003 President Bush named him to co-chair (with Marc Benioff) the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee. (In 2005 President Bush abolished the committee, presumably for insubordination.) Even more incongruously, in 2004 Seattle magazine profiled him as one of "Seattle's 25 most influential people." In 2005 he received the Computing Research Association Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service to the computing research community, and the ACM Presidential Award from the Association for Computing Machinery "for showing us how to advocate effectively for IT research and advanced education." In 2007 he received the University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award, and in 2009 he received the ACM Distinguished Service Award "for more than two decades of wide-ranging and tireless service to the computing community, especially in advocacy at a national level." In 2010 he was selected by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to co-chair (with David E. Shaw) the Working Group of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) charged with reviewing the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program.
Lazowska's public service role is extensive. From 1992-2004 he served on the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association (CRA's members are the graduate departments and industrial research laboratories in the field). He served as Chair of the CRA Board from 1997-2001, and as Co-Chair or Vice-Chair of CRA's Government Affairs Committee from 2001 to the present. He chaired the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Information Science And Technology (ISAT) study group from 2004-06, and served as a member from 1998-2007. He chaired the Peer Committee for Section 5 (Computer Science & Engineering) of the National Academy of Engineering from 2004-05, was Vice Chair of Section 5 in 2006, and Chair in 2007. He served on the Class I Section 6 (Computer Sciences) Membership Panel of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences from 2006-2011, and on the Steering Group for Section T (Information, Computing, and Communications) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science from 2003-11, where he served as Chair from 2009-10. He served for six years on the National Research Council's Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, and served on the NRC Committee on Assessing the Impacts of Changes in the Information Technology Research and Development Ecosystem, Committee on Improving Learning with Information Technology (additional workshop report here), Committee on Science and Technology for Countering Terrorism - Panel on Information Technology (full multi-disciplinary NRC report here), and Committee on Management of University Intellectual Property, as well as contributing extensively to the creation of the CSTB summary report Innovation in Information Technology. From 1995-2000 he served on (and in 1998 and 1999 he chaired) the National Science Foundation's Advisory Committee for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. Currently he is the Chair of the Computing Community Consortium, an NSF-sponsored effort to engage the computing research community in envisioning more audacious research challenges. He is a member of the Technical Advisory Boards for Microsoft Research, Voyager Capital, Ignition Partners, Madrona Venture Group, and Impinj, and, until recently, of the Board of Directors of Data I/O Corporation and Intrepid Learning Solutions. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Washington Technology Industry Association (formerly the Washington Software Alliance), the Technology Alliance of Washington, the Washington Digital Learning Commons, and the Washington State Academy of Sciences, as well as serving on the Washington State Information Services Board, in connection with which he was recognized in 2002 by Government Technology magazine as a member of the inaugural "GT 25" national leaders of information technology in state goverment. He is a member of the Executive Advisory Council of the National Center for Women and Information Technology.
In past years, Lazowska served as a member (and 1999-2000 Chair) of ACM's A.M. Turing Award selection committee, as a member of the ACM Council, as a member of the NSF 50th Anniversary Public Advisory Committee, as a member of the National Research Council panel that reviewed the multi-agency High Performance Computing and Communications program (the "Brooks/Sutherland Committee"), as a member of the NRC committee on Research Horizons in Networking, as Chair of the Committee of Examiners for the Graduate Record Examinations Board Computer Science Test, as Chair of ACM SIGMETRICS (the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group concerned with computer system performance), as Chair of the ACM Software System Award Committee, as Program Chair of the 13th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles, and as editor of IEEE Transactions on Computers. He has recently served on standing advisory committees for the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Departments of Computer Science at the University of Virginia (which he currently chairs), Princeton University, and the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, and the Program in Informatics of the National College of Ireland, and has chaired external review committees for the computer science programs at Rice University, the University of Virginia, Princeton University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and UC Berkeley, as well as for the statistics program at the University of Washington. He served for three years as a Trustee of Seattle's Lakeside School.
At the University of Washington, in addition to serving as Chair of Computer Science & Engineering from 1993-2001, Lazowska has served as Chair of the University Advisory Committee on Academic Technology, as Chair of the review committee for the Department of Statistics, as a member of the Futures Committee for the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences, as a member of the Committee on the Deanship of the College of Arts & Sciences, as Chair of the review committee for the Ph.D. program in Molecular Biotechnology, as a member of the performance review committee for the Dean of Engineering, as a member of the University Technology Advisory Committee, and as a member of the Information Technology Advisory Committee. He currently serves as a member of the UW Information School Founding Board, the Schidler Center for Law, Commerce & Technology Advisory Board, and the UW Tacoma Institute of Technology Advisory Board.
Lazowska spent 1984-85 on sabbatical at the DEC Systems
Research Center and Stanford University, and 2001-02 on
sabbatical at the University of California, San Diego.
The UCSD Computer Science & Engineering faculty
includes seven UW CSE alumni
on the faculty - see two wonderful photos
(PCAST) to review the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program
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