Kathy Yelick

Research Expertise and Interest

high performance computing, partitioned Global Address Space programming, communication-avoiding algorithms, automatic performance tuning, high performance data analytics, computational biology

Research Description

Katherine (Kathy) Yelick is the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Robert S. Pepper Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley. She is also a Senior Faculty Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Yelick's research is in high performance computing, programming languages, compilers, and parallel algorithms. She led the ExaBiome project on scalable tools for analyzing microbial data and co-led the Berkeley Benchmarking and Optimization (Bebop) group. She is known for her work on partitioned global address space languages, automatic performance tuning, high performance genome analysis. She was the Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences at LBNL from 2010 through 2019 and prior to that led the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). 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.

In the News

Computing Sciences’ Deb Agarwal and Kathy Yelick Receive Director’s Awards

Deb Agarwal, head of the Data Science and Technology Department in the Computational Research Division, and Kathy Yelick, former Associate Lab Director for Computing Sciences, will be presented with the Berkeley Lab Citation at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s 2020 Director’s Awards at 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 12.

Yelick Recognized for Outstanding Leadership in HPC

Katherine Yelick, the associate laboratory director for Computing Sciences at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at UC Berkeley, has been honored by HPCwire as their Editor’s Choice for Outstanding Leadership in HPC.

Three faculty members elected AAAS fellows

Three senior UC Berkeley faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the nation’s largest scientific organization: Allen Goldstein, Sung-Hou Kim and Katherine Yelick.

Kathy Yelick Testifies on 'Big Data Challenges and Advanced Computing Solutions'

NEWS & EVENTS News Archived News CS In the News InTheLoop Seminars & Events Kathy Yelick Testifies on 'Big Data Challenges and Advanced Computing Solutions' JULY 12, 2018 Contact: John German, jdgerman@lbl.gov, +1 510-486-6601 Kathy Yelick, Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab, was one of four witnesses testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, and Technology at 7 a.m. PDT / 10 a.m. EDT on Thursday, July 12. The discussion focused on big-data challenges and advanced computing solutions.

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March 3, 2022

The Computing Research Association (CRA) today announced it has selected Katherine Yelick, the Robert S. Pepper Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley, as the recipient of the 2022 CRA Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding and sustained service contributions to the computing research community.

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