Professional Narrative

I received my Ph.D. at Berkeley under Prof. Eugene Wong in 1980, working on database design and translation within the Ingres Relational Database project. I had the good fortune to have also worked one summer with the System-R Relational Database Group at IBM's San Jose Research Laboratory, so I was located in the center of the relational database design and implementation universe.

I spent one year working at BBN, working with the legendary Dave Walden and John McQuillan (inventors of the original Internet routing algorithms), and at Computer Corporation of America in Cambridge, MA, a leading database research center at that time. In 1981, I moved to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I shifted my interests into VLSI and CAD, in particular, database support for VLSI CAD environments. An opportunity presented itself to return to Berkeley in 1983, which I accepted gladly, selling my snow tires. Since that time, my research and teaching interests have focused on a series of projects spanning the design, engineering, and implementation of a variety of advanced computing systems spanning hardware and software.

Research Projects at Berkeley

Other Career Highlights

In 1992, I received the Distinguished Teaching Award of the Berkeley Academic Senate.

In 1996, I was elected a Fellow of the ACM and a Fellow of the IEEE. In that year, I became the first Computer Scientist to be the Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and was appointed the inagural holder of the United Microelectronics Corporation Distinguished Professorship. I was Department Chair from 1996 to 1999.

NEWSWEEK Magazine, 21 April 1997, listed me among the 100 Americans for the Next Century. To quote Newsweek, "This is not a list of the great and powerful, or the beautiful and celebritous. Our object has been to take a snapshot of the future, framing some of the personalities whose creativity or talent or brains or leadership will make a difference in the years ahead." Page 34, "This Berkeley prof got Clinton and Gore on the Web. In 2000 his name may pop up on Gore's transition list" (it didn't!).

Our work in the 1980s on RAID has received alot of recognition recently, including an ACM SIGMOD "Test of Time" Paper in 1998 and the IEEE Johnson Information Storage Award in 1999. My educational efforts have also been recognized, with the ASEE Terman Award and the ACM Karlstrom Award in 1999. I was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2000.

Last updated: 27 December 2005, Randy H. Katz,