Matei Zaharia, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has been selected as the Douglas T. Ross (1954) Career Development Professor of Software Technology, effective July 1.
Zaharia joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in March 2015. He is a principal investigator in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), where his research focuses on systems and algorithms for large-scale data-intensive computing. His work on open-source computing platforms has been widely adopted by industry, including the Spark processing framework, and several algorithms incorporated into the Hadoop platform.
This spring, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), recognized these advances in data-processing performance, awarding him the 2014 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award, for his dissertation, “An Architecture for Fast and General Data Processing on Large Clusters.” The ACM award cited his “innovative solutions to addressing the surge in data processing workloads and accommodating the speed and sophistication of complex multistage applications and more interactive ad-hoc queries.”
Zaharia earned his PhD at the University of California at Berkeley in 2013, and a BMath in computer science at the University of Waterloo. He is also a cofounder and chief technology officer of Databricks, the company commercializing Apache Spark. Zaharia will begin teaching in Fall 2015 with the course 6.S897 (Large-Scale Systems).