Jennifer Widom

Jennifer Widom
Professor Jennifer Widom with workshop participants after training session.jpg
Professor Jennifer Widom with workshop participants after training session
Alma materCornell University(Ph.D., M.S.)
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music(B.S.)
AwardsErna Hamburger Prize (2018)

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)
Scientific career
InstitutionsStanford University
IBM Almaden Research Center
Cornell University
Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
ThesisTrace-Based Network Proof Systems: Expressiveness and Completeness (1987)

Jennifer Widom is the Frederick Emmons Terman Dean of the Stanford School of Engineering and the Fletcher Jones Professor of Computer Science and professor in the Stanford Department of Electrical Engineering. She was the chair of the computer science department from 2009 to 2014, and served as a senior associate dean from 2014 to 2016.[1] In February 2017 she was named Dean of the School of Engineering.[2] In 2015, ACM conferred her with the ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award to honor prominent women Computer Scientists for the introduction of fundamental concepts and architectures of active database systems, which includes an honorarium of $10,000.[3]

Widom earned a PhD in computer science from Cornell University in 1987, and BS degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 1982.[4]

Widom is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering.[5][6]

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 the computer science department.

In late 2011, Widom launched one of the first Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), entitled "Introduction to Databases". The course had more than 100,000 enrolled students, and launched at the same time as two other MOOCs by Stanford University School of Engineering faculty.[7][8] In 2018, she won the Erna Hamburger prize from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne -Women in Science and Humanities Foundation.[9]

She is the daughter of Lois Widom and Harold Widom. Her husband, Alex Aiken, is also a computer science professor at Stanford.

Published works

  • 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".
  2. ^ "Computer scientist Jennifer Widom named dean of Stanford School of Engineering". Stanford News. Stanford News. 27 February 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  3. ^ "About ACM Athena Lecturer Award". awards.acm.org.
  4. ^ "Jennifer Widom". Stanford University website. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  5. ^ "Jennifer Widom elected to the National Academy of Engineering". Archived from the original on 2011-06-11.
  6. ^ 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. S2CID 40706158.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Pethuraja.S (2 May 2015). Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) For Everyone. Pethuraja.S. pp. 3–4. ISBN 978-93-5126-246-6.
  9. ^ SA, Agefi (2018-10-06). "Le prix Erna Hamburger va à une pionnière des MOOCs". www.agefi.com (in French).

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