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Sam Madden, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sam Madden
Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Madden earned his Ph.D. at UC-Berkeley, then decided to spend six months at Intel Research Berkeley before accepting his current faculty position at MIT.

When I was a Ph.D. student at UC-Berkeley, I was able to work closely with several researchers at the Intel lab, publishing a number of papers and working on several software systems. This kind of relationship is advantageous for both Intel and UC-Berkeley, as it causes strong students to view Intel as a viable place for them to work after graduation, and gives those students access to resources and collaborators that they otherwise might not have.

My closest collaborator throughout graduate school was [former Intel Research Berkeley research scientist] Wei Hong. He had practical knowledge and experience with real world database systems that far exceeded that of my fellow graduate students and, at times, the database faculty at Berkeley. This provided me with insights and experience that I couldn't have obtained short of going to work in industry for a long period of time. For Wei, our collaboration meant that he was involved in an exciting research project in a new and interesting area that was outside the scope of much of the traditional database work he had previous been involved in.

The six months I spent at Intel post-graduation proved to be a great time to wrap up a number of loose ends left hanging while I was a graduate student. For example, Wei and I were able to get our software fully deployed in the Berkeley botanical garden, and we were able to write several additional research papers.

The lab's open and collaborative research model is absolutely central to the large amount of collaboration between Intel and UC-Berkeley. Not having to overcome bureaucratic hurdles in order to share research or publish papers makes collaboration between the lab and the university very easy and attractive.

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