Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in
Computer Science & Engineering
Adjunct Professor of Oceanography
Founding Director (2008-17) and Senior Data Science Fellow, UW eScience Institute
Founding Chair, Computing Community
- UW Excellence (a website opposing unionization of the University of Washington faculty by the Service Employees International Union at this time)
- "A Plea for Greater Attention to Data-Intensive Discovery, Greater Investment in Intellectual and Software Infrastructure, and Greater Use of the Commercial Cloud" (Presentation to the NRC Computer Science & Telecommunications Board Colloquium on Future Cyberinfrastructure for Scientific Discovery, 9/8/2016)
- "Computer Science: The Ever-Expanding Sphere" (Dean's Seminar Series, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University, 4/25/2016)
- "The Moore/Sloan Data Science Environments: Advancing Data-Intensive Discovery" (Keynote Address, Chesapeake Large-Scale Analytics Conference, 10/15/2015)
- "Big Data, Enormous Opportunity" (Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture, University of Colorado at Denver, 9/9/2015)
- "Tsunami or Sea Change? Responding to the Explosion of Student Interest in Computer Science" (National Center for Women in Information Technology, 5/20/2014, and Computing Research Association Conference at Snowbird, 7/21/2014)
- "Computer Science, Global Challenges, and National Policy" (The Carolyn and Edward Wenk, Jr., Lecture in Technology and Public Policy, Johns Hopkins University, 4/10/2014)
- "Each and Every Student Should Study Computer Science" (solicited by CNN, then rejected by them, 2/19/2014)
- "Two Tales of Two Washingtons" (presentation to the Board of Directors of the Brookings Institution, 11/19/2013). Pdf slide version here (presentation to the Washington Education Innovation Forum, 1/23/2014)
- "Broadening Participation: The Why and the How" (Computer, 3/2013)
Ed Lazowska holds the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington and a Senior Data Science Fellow in the University of Washington eScience Institute.
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, and, more recently, the techniques and technologies of data-intensive discovery. Twenty two Ph.D. students and twenty three Masters students have completed degrees working with him. (See a Ph.D. family tree as of August 2010 here.) In recognition of his research accomplishments, Lazowska has been elected a Member of the National Academy of Engineering; a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences; a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and a member of the founding class of the Washington State Academy of Sciences. In addition, he has received the Vollum Award for Distinguished Accomplishment in Science and Technology from Reed College.
Lazowska’s national leadership activities include serving as Co-Chair (with Marc Benioff) of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee from 2003-05, and as Co-Chair (with David E. Shaw) of the Working Group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology to review the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program in 2010. He also has served as Chair of the Computing Research Association (1997-2001), Chair of the NSF CISE Advisory Committee (1998-99), Chair of the DARPA Information Science and Technology Study Group (2004-06), and Founding Chair of the Computing Community Consortium (2007-13), as well as serving on a large number of National Academies study committees. In recognition of his national leadership, Lazowska has received the Computing Research Association Distinguished Service Award, the ACM Presidential Award, and the ACM Distinguished Service Award.
A long-time advocate for increasing participation in the field, Lazowska serves on the Executive Advisory Council of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, and on the National Research Council's Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Additionally, he received the University of Washington Outstanding Public Service Award for his K-12 outreach activities, the University of Washington David B. Thorud Leadership Award for his institutional leadership activities, and the University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Lazowska serves as a board member or technical advisor for a number of high-tech companies, venture firms, and technology-oriented civic organizations. He is a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Washington Tech Industry Association, and until recently the Tech Alliance of Washington and the Washington State Academy of Sciences.
Lazowska served as Chair of University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering from 1993-2001, a period during which its stature increased significantly. Along with Tom Alberg (Managing Director of Madrona Venture Group) and Jeremy Jaech (CSE alumnus and co-founder of Aldus and Visio) he led the fundraising campaign for the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering, which was dedicated in 2003; along with Brad Smith (President of Microsoft) he currently leads the fundraising compaign for a second building that will create the space for UW CSE to double its enrollment.
Lazowska was the Founding Director of the University of Washington eScience Institute (2008-17), and was the Founding Chair of the Computing Community Consortium (2007-13). He 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.