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David Patterson

2017 A.M. Turing Award Winner; Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the RISC-V Foundation; UC Berkeley

Keynote Speech: A Golden Age for Computer Architecture


David Andrew Patterson (born November 16, 1947) currently work as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the RISC-V Foundation. He is also the Pardee Professor of computer science, Emeritus at UC Berkeley. He is noted for his pioneering contributions to the RISC and RAID. His work has been recognized by about 35 awards for researching, reaching and service, including the institute of Electrical and electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Association Computing Machinery (ACM), National Academy of Sciences, and the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame.



During 2003-05, he served on the Information Technology Advisory Committee for the U.S. President (PITAC).

For 2004-06, he was elected president of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

In addition, he was also chair of the CS Division in the EECS department at Berkeley, the ACM Special Interest Group in Computer Architecture and the Computer Research Association.


Significant Awards

In 2006, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Computing Research Association.

In 2007, he was named a Fellow of the Computer History Museum "for fundamental contributions to engineering education, advances in computer architecture, and the integration of leading-edge research with education."

In 2008, he won the ACM Distinguished Service Award, the ACM-IEEE Eckert-Mauchly Award, and was recognized by the School of Engineering at UCLA for Alumni Achievement in Academia.

On March 21, 2018, he was awarded the 2017 ACM A.M. Turing Award jointly with John L. Hennessy for developing RISC.

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Randy Schekman
- The Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2013
- Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
- Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California at Berkeley
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Dr. Randy Wayne Schekman is an American cell biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, who was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1992, and former editor-in-chief of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2011, he was announced as the editor of eLife, a new high-profile open-access journal published by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust launched in 2012. Schekman shared the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with James Rothman and Thomas C. Südhof for their ground-breaking work on cell membrane vesicle trafficking.


The cells inside our bodies produce a host of different molecules that are sent to specific sites. During transport, many of these molecules are grouped together in tiny sac-like structures called vesicles. These vesicles help transport substances to different places inside the cell and send molecules from the cell's surface as signals to other cells in the body. During the 1970s, Randy Schekman studied yeast cells with malfunctions in this transportation system. He demonstrated that the malfunctions were due to genetic defects and explained how different genes regulate different aspects of the transports.

The Schekman Lab


Dr. Schekman owns his own biology lab. Here’s the link to the lab website:

Research Interests

The Schekman lab studies membrane assembly, vesicular transport, and membrane fusion among organelles of the secretory pathway. Basic principles that emerged from our past studies in yeast are now being applied to studies of genetic diseases of protein transport, as well to the study of extracellular vesicles.

Ongoing Projects

Vesicle Transport Early in the Secretory Pathway

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