Katherine Yelick

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Katherine A. Yelick
Kathy Yelick in front of Hopper Cray XE6
Kathy Yelick in front of Hopper Cray XE6
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Spouse(s) James Demmel
Awards ACM Fellow (2013)
ACM Ken Kennedy Award(2015)
Website www.cs.berkeley.edu/~yelick/
Scientific career
Fields high performance computing
programming languages
parallel computing
Institutions University of California, Berkeley
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Thesis Using abstraction in explicitly parallel programs (1990)
Doctoral advisor John Guttag

Katherine "Kathy" Anne Yelick is an American computer scientist, a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Katherine Yelick received her SB, SM, and PhD in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She joined the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley in 1991. She joined the research staff at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 1996 as a joint-appointment faculty research scientist, and has been the Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences since 2010. She is known for her work in partitioned global address space programming languages, including co-inventing the Unified Parallel C (UPC) and Titanium languages.[2] She also led the Sparsity project, the first automatically tuned library for sparse matrix kernels, and she co-led the development of the Optimized Sparse Kernel Interface (OSKI). From 2008 tp 2012 she was the director of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center.[3] From 2009 to 2015 she was a member of the California Council on Science and Technology.[4]

Selected publications[edit]

El-Ghazawi, Tarek; Carlson, William; Sterling, Thomas; Yelick, Katherine (2005). UPC: Distributed Shared Memory Programming. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-471-47837-9. 

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2012 she was named as an ACM Fellow "for [her] contributions to parallel computing languages that have been used in both the research community and in production environments."[5] In 2013 she received the ACM-W Athena Lecturer award at SC13.[6][7][8] She received the ACM Ken Kennedy Award in 2015.[9] In 2017 she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Yelick is married to University of California, Berkeley professor James Demmel, who is also an ACM Fellow and works in computer science and numerical linear algebra.[11]


  1. ^ Advances in Computers: High Performance Computing Marvin Zelkowitz - 2009 "Katherine Yelick is the Director of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California .."
  2. ^ https://people.eecs.berkeley.edu/~yelick/bio.html
  3. ^ "Women @ Energy: Kathy Yelick". Department of Energy. March 12, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  4. ^ "CCST Council - Katherin A. Yelick". CCST. 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  5. ^ "Berkeley Lab's Yelick Lauded for Advances in Programmability of High Performance Computing Systems" (PDF). Association for Computing Machinery. 13 October 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "ACM Awards - Kathy Yellick". Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  7. ^ "ACM COUNCIL ON WOMEN HONORS WORLD LEADER IN HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING" (PDF) (Press release). ACM. 2013-03-21. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  8. ^ "SC13 to Feature ACM Athena Lecturer Katherine Yelick" (Press release). supercomputing.org. 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  9. ^ "Kathy Yelick". ACM Awards. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  10. ^ National Academy of Engineering Elects 84 Members and 22 Foreign Members, February 8, 2017, retrieved 2017-05-02.
  11. ^ Wong, Patty (February 14, 2002), "Faculty Couples Keep Love Alive at Work", The Daily Californian .