Boon Thau Loo

Boon Thau Loo is a Professor in the Computer and Information Science (CIS) department at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a secondary appointment in the Electrical and Systems Engineering (ESE) department. He is also the Associate Dean of the Master's and Professional Programs, where he oversees all masters programs at the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 2006. Prior to his Ph.D, he received his M.S. degree from Stanford University in 2000, and his B.S. degree with highest honors from UC Berkeley in 1999. His research focuses on distributed data management systems, Internet-scale query processing, and the application of data-centric techniques and formal methods to the design, analysis and implementation of networked systems. He was awarded the 2006 David J. Sakrison Memorial Prize for the most outstanding dissertation research in the Department of EECS at UC Berkeley, and the 2007 ACM SIGMOD Dissertation Award. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award (2009) and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Award (2012). He has published 100+ peer reviewed publications and has supervised twelve Ph.D dissertations. His graduated Ph.D. students include 3 tenure-track faculty members and winners of 3 dissertation awards.

In addition to his academic work, he actively participates in entrepreneurial activites involving technology transfer.. He is the Chief Scientist at Termaxia, a big data storage startup based in Philadelphia that he co-founded in 2015. Termaxia is offering low-power high-performance software-defined storage solutions targeting the exabyte-scale storage market, with customers in the US, China, and Southeast Asia. Prior to Termaxia, he co-founded Gencore Systems (rebranded as Netsil and acquired by public company Nutanix) in 2014, a cloud performance analytics company that spun out of his research team at Penn, commercializing his research on the Scalanytics declarative analytics platform. He served as PI for NSF SBIR grant that bootstrapped the company. During his sabbatical year, he established the founding team assembled from master's students and undergraduates at Penn, and led the company through early stage funding with funding from angel investors and StartupPHL.