Computer scientist Margo Seltzer named 2011 ACM Fellow

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) cited her "contributions to data management and computing systems"

Computer scientist Margo Seltzer was named among the 2011 ACM Fellows.

Margo Seltzer, Herchel Smith Professor of Computer Science in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), was named a 2011 fellow by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

She is among the 46 people who were recently named Fellows for their contributions to computing that have provided fundamental knowledge to the computing field and generated multiple technology advances in industry, commerce, health care, entertainment, and education.

Seltzer was recognized in particular for her work in data management and computing systems.

She 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.

She is the author of several widely used software packages including database and transaction libraries and the 4.4BSD log-structured file system.

Seltzer was a founder and CTO of Sleepycat Software, the makers of Berkeley DB, and is now an architect for Oracle Corporation. Before pursuing an academic career, professor Seltzer spent several years working at start-up companies designing and implementing file systems and transaction-processing software and designing microprocessors.

She is a Sloan Foundation Fellow in Computer Science and 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.

Seltzer's current research focuses on how to make computer systems better for users, including designing new storage systems, building new operating systems, and developing systems for collecting and tracking provenance of digital data. Seltzer and her colleagues in systems form the Systems Research Group at Harvard.

ACM will formally recognize Seltzer and all of the 2011 Fellows at its annual Awards Banquet on June 16, 2012 in San Francisco. Additional information about the ACM 2011 Fellows, the awards event, as well as previous ACM Fellows and award winners is available at


About the ACM Fellows Program The ACM Fellows Program was established by Council in 1993 to recognize and honor outstanding ACM members for their achievements in computer science and information technology and for their significant contributions to the mission of the ACM. The ACM Fellows serve as distinguished colleagues to whom the ACM and its members look for guidance and leadership as the world of information technology evolves.

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