David Patterson is the Pardee Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley, which he joined after graduating from UCLA in 1976. Prof. Patterson is now a Distinguished Engineer at Google, a position he held since 2016, and serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the RISC-V Foundation.

Throughout his 44-year career, Prof. Patterson holds about 40 awards at research, teaching, and service, including: the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the C & C Prize, the IEEE von Neumann Medal, the IEEE Johnson Storage Award, the SIGMOD Test of Time award, the ACM-IEEE Eckert-Mauchly Award, and the Katayanagi Prize. The best-known projects were Reduced Instruction Set Computers (RISC), Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks (RAID), and Networks of Workstations (NOW), each of which helped lead to billion-dollar industries.

Prof. Patterson coauthored seven books, and was elected to both AAAS societies, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame, and to be a Fellow of the Computer History Museum. He also served as Chair of the Computer Science Division at UC Berkeley, Chair of the Computing Research Association, and President of ACM.