Mor Harchol-Balter

Mor Harchol-Balter is an American computer scientist specializing in queueing theory, performance prediction, and quality of service. She is a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University and a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.

She is the author of the book Performance Modeling and Design of Computer Systems: Queuing Theory in Action (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Education and career

Harchol-Balter was the 1984 valedictorian of South Brunswick High School (New Jersey), and graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University in 1988. Her undergraduate thesis, Evaluation of Data Encryption Standard Using Walsh-Hadamard Matrix Factorization, was supervised by Martin Cohn.[1] She earned her Ph.D. in 1996 from the University of California, Berkeley, with Manuel Blum as her doctoral advisor. Her dissertation was Network Analysis without Exponentiality Assumptions.[1][2]

After postdoctoral research with F. Thomson Leighton at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she joined Carnegie Mellon University as McCandless Assistant Professor in 1999.[1]

Harchol-Balter is author of the popular document "Applying to Ph.D. Programs in Computer Science."[3]


Harchol-Balter was named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery in 2017 "for contributions to performance modeling and analysis of distributed computing systems".[4]


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