Distinguished Inventive Scientist
Rick Schlichting is currently a Distinguished Inventive Scientist at AT&T Labs-Research New York, NY. He received the B.A. degree in mathematics and history from the College of William and Mary in 1977, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Cornell University in 1979 and 1982, respectively. From 1982-2000, he was on the faculty in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Arizona, where he is still an Adjunct Professor. From 2001-2013, he was a Department Head at AT&T, first heading the Dependable Distributed Computing and Communication Department (2001-04), then the Software Systems Department (2004-12), and finally the Software and Distributed Systems Department. (2012-13). He has also spent two sabbaticals in Japan. The first was in 1990 as a Visiting Researcher at Tokyo Institute of Technology where he carried out collaborative research in the area of fault-tolerant software, and the second was in 1996-97 as a Visiting Chief Researcher at Hitachi Central Research Lab where the joint research involved the use of heterogeneous distributed processing for scientific applications.
Rick's current research interests are primarily in fault-tolerant and highly dependable computing, distributed systems, and networks. He has been an ACM Fellow since 2001 and an IEEE Fellow since 2002, and has served on the editorial boards of IEEE Concurrency, IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, and IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. He has been a member of IFIP Working 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance since 1986 and was Chair from 2006-12. He is also active in the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance, serving as Chair of that organization from 1998-99.