Margo I. Seltzer

Herchel Smith Professor of Computer Science, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Faculty Director, Center for Research on Computation and Society
Director, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Margo I. Seltzer is the Herchel Smith Professor of Computer Science and the Faculty Director of the Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS) in Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Her research interests are in systems, construed quite broadly: systems for capturing and accessing data provenance, file systems, databases, transaction processing systems, storage and analysis of graph-structured data, new architectures for parallelizing execution, and systems that apply technology to problems in healthcare.

She is the author of several widely-used software packages including database and transaction libraries and the 4.4BSD log-structured file system. Dr. Seltzer was a founder and CTO of Sleepycat Software, the makers of Berkeley DB and is now an Architect for Oracle Corporation. She is the USENIX representative to the Computing Research Association Board of Directors, a member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies, and a past President of the USENIX Assocation. She is a Sloan Foundation Fellow in Computer Science, an ACM Fellow, a Bunting Fellow, and was the recipient of the 1996 Radcliffe Junior Faculty Fellowship, and the University of California Microelectronics Scholarship. She is recognized as an outstanding teacher and won the Phi Beta Kappa teaching award in 1996 and the Abrahmson Teaching Award in 1999.

Professor Seltzer received an A.B. degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard/Radcliffe College in 1983 and a Ph. D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992.

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August 18, 2017