Dr. Ed Lazowska holds the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where he also serves as the Founding Director of the University of Washington eScience Institute.
Lazowska received his A.B. from Brown University and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. His 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. He has also been active in public policy issues, ranging from STEM education to Federal strategies for research and innovation.
Lazowska is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. From 2007-13 he served as the Founding Chair of the Computing Community Consortium, whose goal is to catalyze the computing research community and enable the pursuit of innovative, high-impact research aligned with pressing national and global challenges. He has served on the Technical Advisory Board for Microsoft Research since its inception, and serves as a board member or technical advisor for a number of high-tech companies, venture firms, and technology-oriented civic organizations. 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 received the University of Washington Outstanding Public Service Award for his K-12 outreach activities.