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Carl F Kesselman

William H. Keck Professor of Engineering and Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Population and Public Health Sciences, and Biomedical Sciences


  • Doctoral Degree, Computer Science, University of California - Los Angeles
  • Master's Degree, Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California
  • Bachelor's Degree, Electrical Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo


Carl Kesselman is a William H. Keck Professor of Engineering in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He is a professor in the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Department of Computer Science, Department of Population and Public Health Sciences in the Keck School of Medicine, and Biomedical Sciences in the Ostrow School of Dentistry. He is a USC Information Sciences Institute Fellow, where he directs the Informatics Systems Research Division, and the Director of the Center of Excellence for Discovery Informatics in the Michelson Center for Convergent Biosciences.

Carl Kesselman leads ISI's Informatics Systems Research Division. Created to understand how to build informatics systems that can help tackle the hardest problems of great sociatal impact, the work of the division spans grid computing, information security, service-oriented architectures, and sociotechnical systems and reproducability.

Kesselman is an ISI Fellow, the Institute's highest honor. One of the fathers of grid computing and the Globus open-source toolkit. He has received numerous honors for his pioneering research including the Lovelace Medal from the British Computing Society and the Goode Memorial Award from the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Computing Society and the IEEE Internet Award. He is a Fellow of the British Computing Society, the IEEE and the Association for Computing Machinery.

Kesselman joined ISI in 1997 as a USC Computer Science Department research associate professor. Kesselman received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Los Angles, a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Research Summary

Highly collaborative research into the application of advanced distributed computing and collaboration techniques to grand challange problems in health informatics, biomedical science and policy


  • 2020 IEEE Computer Society Goode Memorial Award
  • 2018 Association for Computing Machinary Fellow
  • 2009 Viterbi School of Engineering Viterbi: Use Inspired Research Award
  • 2007 ComputerWorld Horizon Award
  • 2007 Internet2 Idea Award
  • 2006 University of Amsterdam Honorary Doctorate
  • 2003 The Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer
  • 2003 USC Information Sciences Institute Fellow
  • 2003 World Technology Award for Information Technology Software Finalist
  • 2003 InfoWorld Top 10 Innovators
  • 2002 MIT Technology Review Award: Ten Technologies that Will Change the World
  • 2002 British Computing Society Lady Ada Lovelace Medal
  • 2002 R&D Magazine Most Promising New Technology Award (best of the R&D100)
  • 2002 R&D Magazine R&D 100 Award
  • 1998 Global Information Infrastructure Award in the Next Generation Infrastructure category
  • Director, Biomedical Data Center at the Information Sciences Institute
  • Daniel J Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science
  • Division of Biomedical Sciences
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Information Science Institute
  • 4676 Admiralty Way Marina Del Rey Ca 90292
  • USC Mail Code: 1454
Contact Information
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