Dr. Randy Katz




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University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Randy Katz

Professor Katz is the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California Berkeley. He joined the Berkeley faculty in 1983, where, since 1996, he has been the United Microelectronics Corporation Distinguished Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.


Professor Katz has received the Outstanding Alumni Award of the UCB Computer Science Division, the CRA Outstanding Service Award, the Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award, the Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Decoration, the IEEE Reynolds Johnson Information Storage Award, the ASEE Frederic E. Terman Award, the ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, and the IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal. His textbook, Contemporary Logic Design, has sold over 85,000 copies, and has been used at over 200 colleges and universities. In the late 1980s, with colleagues at Berkeley, he developed the concept of Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks (RAID), which has become a foundational element of information technology systems. While on leave for government service in 1993-1994, he established whitehouse.gov and connected the White House to the Internet.