Two Distinguished ISR Alumni Inducted into First ICS Hall of Fame

ICS 2015 Hall of Fame inductees. Owen O'Malley far left; Roy T. Fielding far right, front. Photo by Eva Lempert.Congratulations to ISR alumni Roy T. Fielding (R. Taylor, advisor) and Owen O’Malley (D. Richardson, advisor) for being inducted into the first UCI School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) Hall of Fame! Twenty ICS alumni were honored at the induction ceremony in October.
Roy T. FieldingDr. Fielding earned his Ph.D. in 2000, M.S. in 1993, and B.S. 1988–all from ICS. Fielding, a Senior Principal Scientist at Adobe, is known for his pioneering work on the World Wide Web, open source, and software architecture. He wrote the standards for HTTP and URI, has been a contributor to many other Web technologies, and defined the REST architectural style as a model for the design principles behind the modern Web architecture. Fielding is one of the founders of the Apache HTTP Server Project, incorporator and first chairman of the Apache Software Foundation, and a former member of the ASF board of directors. He has been honored with the 1999 ACM Software System Award, the OSCON 2000 Appaloosa Award for Vision, and the 2010 ICSE Most Influential Paper Award. Fielding was also among the first elected members of the W3C Technical Architecture Group and the first selected members of the TR100 by MIT Technology Review.
ISR Director Richard N. Taylor, Fielding’s advisor, noted “Roy has been a credit to ISR and UCI/ICS for two decades. Besides performing superb technical work Roy demonstrated remarkable, insightful leadership in the open-source community, providing a model for those who followed him in the Apache work. His many awards are highly deserved!”
Owen O'MalleyDr. O’Malley earned his Ph.D. in 1996 and M.S. in 1989 from ICS. O’Malley is a co-founder and technical fellow at Hortonworks, a rapidly growing company (25 to 750 employees in 4 years), which develops the completely open source Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). HDP includes Hadoop and the large ecosystem of big data tools that enterprises need for their data analytics. O’Malley has been working on Hadoop since the beginning of 2006 at Yahoo, was the first committer added to the project, and used Hadoop to set the Gray sort benchmark in 2008 and 2009. In the last 8 years, he has been the architect of MapReduce, Security, and now Hive. Recently he has been driving the development of the ORC file format and adding ACID transactions to Hive. Before working on Hadoop, he worked on Yahoo Search’s WebMap project, which was the original motivation for Yahoo to work on Hadoop. Prior to Yahoo, he wandered between testing (UCI), static analysis (Reasoning), configuration management (Sun), and software model checking (NASA).
O’Malley reflected on the award, saying: “I felt extremely honored to be inducted into the ICS Hall of Fame, especially in its first year. Attending ICS gave me a wonderful opportunity to explore my research interests and make a lot of personal and professional connections that are still very important to me 20 years later.”
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