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Margo Seltzer

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Residence  USA
Name  Margo Seltzer
Institutions  Harvard University
Fields  Computer

Nationality  American
Education  Radcliffe College
Citizenship  American
Role  Computer researcher
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Alma mater  University of California, Berkeley Harvard University

Doctoral advisor  Michael Stonebraker
Organizations founded  Sleepycat Software

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Margo Ilene Seltzer (born in upstate New York) is a professor and researcher in computer systems. She is Herchel Smith Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where she is the director of the Center for Research on Computation and Society.


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Education and academic career

In 1982 Seltzer was a teaching assistant under Harry R. Lewis at Harvard University. In 1983 she received her A.B. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard/Radcliffe College, and in 1992 her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, where her dissertation, "File System Performance and Transaction Support", was supervised by Michael Stonebraker. Her work in log-structured file systems, databases, and wide-scale caching is especially well known, and she was lead author of the BSD-LFS paper.

Seltzer became an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Harvard in 1992 and an Associate Professor in 1997, and was named Gordon McKay Professor (the first female junior faculty member at Harvard to receive tenure) in 2000; in 2004 she became the Herchel Smith Professor of Computer Science. From 2005 to 2010 she was designated a Harvard College Professor in recognition of "particularly distinguished contributions to undergraduate teaching", and from 2002 to 2006 was Associate Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She is an advisor to the Harvard Undergraduate Women in Computer Science.


Seltzer was Chief Technical Officer of Sleepycat Software (developers of the Berkeley DB embedded database) from 1996 until that firm's acquisition by Oracle Corporation in 2006. She served as an architect on the Oracle Berkeley DB team for several years before transferring to Oracle Labs where she continues to act as an architect.

Seltzer was a director of USENIX for 8 years, vice president for one year, and is currently the president of the USENIX association. In 2011 she was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.

She is married to software developer Keith Bostic.


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