Dawson Engler


Dawson R. Engler is an American computer scientist and an associate professor of computer science and electrical engineering at Stanford University.

Dawson Engler
EducationArizona State University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
AwardsMark Weiser Award (2006)
Grace Murray Hopper Award (2008)
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
InstitutionsStanford University
ThesisThe exokernel operating system architecture (1998)
Doctoral advisorFrans Kaashoek


After graduating from University of Arizona, Engler earned his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998 while working with Frans Kaashoek in the MIT CSAIL Parallel and Distributed Operating Systems Group. The focus of his graduate studies was the exokernel.[1][2][3]

Engler is currently an associate professor of computer science and electrical engineering at Stanford University. In 2002, he co-founded Coverity with several of his students to commercialize his group's work in static code analysis for bug-finding technology.[1][4]

Awards and honorsEdit

Engler and his co-authors received the Best Paper award at USENIX's OSDI conferences in 2000, 2004, and 2008.[5] With his students Cristian Cadar and Daniel Dunbar, he was jointly awarded the 2018 SIGOPS Hall of Fame Award for their paper at the 2008 conference.[6]

Engler won the 2006 SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award for his work in operating systems research.[7] In 2008, he received the Grace Murray Hopper Award for "ground-breaking work on automated program checking and bug-finding".[8]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Cadar, C.; Dunbar, D.; Engler, D. (December 8, 2008). "Klee: Unassisted and automatic generation of high-coverage tests for complex systems programs". Proceedings of the 8th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation, OSDI 2008: 209–224.
  • Engler, D. R.; Kaashoek, M. F.; O'Toole, J. (1995). "Exokernel: an operating system architecture for application-level resource management". Proceedings of the Fifteenth ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles - SOSP '95: 251–266. doi:10.1145/224056.224076. S2CID 221932539.
  • Cadar, Cristian; Ganesh, Vijay; Pawlowski, Peter M.; Dill, David L.; Engler, Dawson R. (2006). "EXE: automatically generating inputs of death". Proceedings of the 13th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security - CCS '06: 322–335. doi:10.1145/1180405.1180445. S2CID 209393318.
  • Engler, Dawson; Ashcraft, Ken (December 2003). "RacerX: effective, static detection of race conditions and deadlocks". ACM SIGOPS Operating Systems Review. 37 (5): 237–252. doi:10.1145/1165389.945468.
  • Engler, Dawson; Chen, David Yu; Hallem, Seth; Chou, Andy; Chelf, Benjamin (December 2001). "Bugs as deviant behavior: a general approach to inferring errors in systems code". ACM SIGOPS Operating Systems Review. 35 (5): 57–72. doi:10.1145/502059.502041.


  1. ^ a b "Dawson Engler". Stanford University. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  2. ^ Engler, Dawson R (1998). "The Exokernel Operating System Architecture" (PostScript). MIT. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ Engler, D. R.; Kaashoek, M. F.; O'Toole, J. (December 3, 1995). "Exokernel: an operating system architecture for application-level resource management". ACM SIGOPS Operating Systems Review. 29 (5): 251–266. doi:10.1145/224057.224076.
  4. ^ Bessey, Al; Block, Ken; Chelf, Ben; Chou, Andy; Fulton, Bryan; Hallem, Seth; Henri-Gros, Charles; Kamsky, Asya; McPeak, Scott; Engler, Dawson (February 2010). "A few billion lines of code later: using static analysis to find bugs in the real world" (PDF). Communications of the ACM. 53 (2): 66–75. doi:10.1145/1646353.1646374. S2CID 2611544.
  5. ^ "USENIX Best Papers". USENIX. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  6. ^ Johansen, Håvard (October 29, 2019). "The Hall of Fame Award 2018". ACM SIGOPS. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  7. ^ "The Mark Weiser Award". Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  8. ^ "Dawson Engler". Association for Computing Machinery.

External linksEdit

  • Dawson Engler on the Stanford University website
  • Dawson Engler publications indexed by Google Scholar