F5 Networks was added today to the S&P 500 Index, joining an exclusive club of Washington companies already listed including Amazon, Costco, Expedia, Expeditors International, Microsoft, Nordstrom, PACCAR. Starbucks, Nordstrom, Plum Creek Timber and Weyerhaeuser. F5's shareprice has been on a tear boosted by the growing popularity of cloud computing. The company's shareprice soared by another 3 percent Friday, ending the day valued at a whopping $11.6 billion. Who might be next? Maybe Dendreon. The company, whose treatment for prostate cancer treatment recently received FDA approval, has seen its public valuation soar to nearly $6 billion, up more than 500 percent from just a couple of years ago.
Driving opportunities through research remains his passion, as his own studies in high-performance computing, multicomputer processing and big data science have proved. An early technical adviser on the formation of Microsoft Research and a member of two national advisory committees on science and technology policy, he has promoted private and public investment in “engineering things that one day in the future will be used in game-changing products.”
Lazowska believes big data and cloud computing “lie at the heart of 21st century discovery.” He helped found and now leads the UW’s eScience Institute, a cross-campus partnership that helps scholars in fields such as astronomy, biology and sociology take advantage of data analytics to enhance their research. Given the region’s far-reaching cloud expertise, Lazowska says, “This is an area that Seattle has the potential to own.”
Lazowska’s other initiatives include promoting K-12 STEM education and promoting gender diversity in the UW program. He champions the notion that all students should study computer science to cultivate the “computational thinking” skills needed for the new century.
Lazowska marvels at the region’s transformation into a place “with distinctive and innovative activities in the broadest range of areas.” With his trademark enthusiasm for UW and the local tech industry, this celebrated educator, researcher, adviser and booster has played an important role in that transformation.
Lazowska will be inducted at the Tech Impact Awards, which will honor 19 technology leaders, at Showbox SoDo on September 21.