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Eddie Kohler approved for promotion to tenured full professor

Kohler specializes in building high-performance software systems

Eddie Kohler is now Microsoft Professor of Computer Science. (Photo by Eliza Grinnell, SEAS Communications.)

Cambridge, Mass. – July 29, 2015  - Harvard President Drew Faust has approved Eddie Kohler for promotion to the role of full professor with tenure at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).

Kohler, the Microsoft Professor of Computer Science at SEAS, specializes in building high-performance software systems that are easy for programmers to use and understand. He has worked on high-performance databases, networking code, and secure operating systems.

He earned bachelor’s degrees in music and mathematics in 1995, a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science in 1997, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science in 2001, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Harvard, Kohler was a postdoctoral fellow in the International Computer Science Institute at the University of California, Berkeley from 2001 until 2004, and then an associate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles until 2011.

Kohler cofounded Mazu Networks, an application performance reporting and analytics company, and served as its chief scientist until it was acquired in 2009 by IT infrastructure performance company Riverbed Technology. He also served as senior member of technical staff at Meraki, a wireless networking startup that was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2012.

He has received numerous accolades for his work developing an operating system that limits the effects of exploitable software security flaws. In 2007, Kohler received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the National Science Foundation and was granted a fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. In 2014, he was awarded the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Operating Systems (SIGOPS) Mark Weiser Award, which is given annually to an individual who has demonstrated creativity and innovation in operating systems research.

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