Herchel Smith Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University

Margo I. Seltzer is a Herchel Smith Professor of Computer Science and a Harvard College Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Her research interests include file systems, databases, and transaction processing systems. She is the author of several widely used software packages including database and transaction libraries and the 4.4BSD log-structured file system. Seltzer was a founder and chief technology officer of Sleepycat Software, the makers of Berkeley DB, and is now an architect for Oracle Corporation. She is a Sloan Foundation Fellow in computer science, a Bunting Fellow, and was the recipient of the 1996 Radcliffe Junior Faculty Fellowship, and the University of California Microelectronics Scholarship. She is recognized as an outstanding teacher and won the Phi Beta Kappa teaching award in 1996 and the Abramson Teaching Award in 1999. Seltzer received an AB degree in applied mathematics from Harvard College in 1983 and a PhD in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992.


  • PhD University of California, Berkeley