Katherine Yelick: A high performer across campus

Katherine Yelick

Katherine Yelick

Katherine Yelick’s expertise in high-performance computing, programming languages, compilers, parallel algorithms and automatic performance tuning has taken her across Berkeley’s research landscape. At Berkeley Engineering, she is the Robert S. Pepper Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and in the Division of Computing, Data Science and Society she is the associate dean for research.

She also serves as the senior adviser on computing at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), leads the ExaBiome project on scalable tools for analyzing microbial data and co-leads the Berkeley Benchmarking and Optimization (Bebop) group. In the past, she has served as the associate laboratory director for computing sciences at LBNL, led the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center and has served on multiple advisory boards including the Computer Science and Telecommunications Boards of the National Academies.

Yelick is particularly known for her work in partitioned global address space programming languages, including co-inventing Unified Parallel C and Titanium and for her work in automatic performance tuning, including the first automatically tuned library for sparse matrix kernels. She is a member of National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and she is a fellow of both the Association for Computing Machinery and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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