Jennifer Widom

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Jennifer Widom
Institutions Stanford University
IBM Almaden Research Center
Cornell University
Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
Alma mater Cornell University(Ph.D., M.S.)
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music(B.S.)
Thesis Trace-Based Network Proof Systems: Expressiveness and Completeness (1987)
Notable awards

ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award (2015)

American Academy of Arts & Sciences Member (2009)
National Academy of Engineering Member (2005)
ACM Fellow (2005)
Guggenheim Foundation Fellow (2000)

Jennifer Widom is the Fletcher Jones Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where she has worked on nontraditional data management. She was the chair of the Computer Science Department from 2009 to 2014 .[1] ACM conferred her with ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award to honor prominent women Computer Scientists for introduction of the fundamental concepts and architectures of active database systems in 2015. This award includes honorarium of $ 10,000 [2]

She is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering.[3][4] She is the daughter of Lois Widom and Harold Widom.

Widom has co-authored four academic textbooks, providing students with a beginning and advanced introduction to database systems. These books offer a comprehensive approach, focusing on database design, use, and implementation of applications and management systems. The course materials have been utilized at the junior, senior and graduate levels in Computer Science departments.

In late 2011, Widom launched one of the first Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). It was entitled "Introduction to databases" and had more than 100,000 enrolled students, launching at the same time as two other MOOCs by Stanford University School of Engineering faculty.[5][6]

Published works[edit]

  • Widom, Jennifer; (with H. Garcia-Molina and J. D. Ullman). Database Systems: The Complete Book, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 2002. ISBN 978-0-13-031995-1
  • Widom, Jennifer; (with J. D. Ullman). A First Course in Database Systems, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1997 and 2002. ISBN 978-0-13-035300-9
  • Widom, Jennifer; (with H. Garcia-Molina and J.D. Ullman). Database System Implementation, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 2000. ISBN 978-0-13-040264-6
  • Widom, Jennifer; (with S. Ceri). Active Database Systems: Triggers and Rules for Advanced Database Processing, San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann, 1996. ISBN 978-1-55860-304-2


  1. ^ "Jennifer Widom's home page". 
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  3. ^ "Jennifer Widom elected to the National Academy of Engineering". 
  4. ^ Winslett, M. (September 2006). "Jennifer Widom Speaks Out". ACM SIGMOD Record. New York, NY, USA: The Association for Computing Machinery. 35 (3): 57–65. doi:10.1145/1168092.1168105. 
  5. ^ Fiona M. Hollands; Devayani Tirthali (25 September 2015). MOOCs in Higher Education: Institutional Goals and Paths Forward. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 26–27. ISBN 978-1-137-52737-0. 
  6. ^ Pethuraja.S (2 May 2015). Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) For Everyone. Pethuraja.S. pp. 3–4. ISBN 978-93-5126-246-6.