• USA-2003

      For contributions to data mining.

    Rakesh Agrawal is an innovator and thought leader who is driven by the desire to change the world by making scientific breakthroughs and by building practical working systems. He is the recipient of the ACM-SIGKDD Inaugural Innovation Award, ACM-SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award, ACM-SIGMOD Test of Time Award (twice), VLDB 10-Yr Most Influential Paper Award, ICDE Most Influential Paper Award, and the Computerworld First Horizon Award. Scientific American named him to the list of 50 top scientists and technologists in 2003. He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of ACM, and a Fellow of IEEE.
    Until recently, Rakesh was a Microsoft Technical Fellow and headed the Search Labs in Microsoft Research. Prior to joining Microsoft in March 2006, Rakesh was an IBM Fellow and led the Quest group at the IBM Almaden Research Center. Earlier, he was with the Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill from 1983 to 1989. He also worked for three years at India's premier company, the Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983. He also holds a B.E. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from IIT-Roorkee, and a two-year Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Engineering from the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Bombay. Both IIT-Roorkee and NITIE have decorated him with their distinguished alum award.