Andy Pavlo

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Born (1981-05-21) May 21, 1981 (age 40)
Baltimore, Maryland
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materRochester Institute of Technology,
Brown University[1]
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Science
InstitutionsCarnegie Mellon School of Computer Science[2]
Doctoral advisorStanley Zdonik and Michael Stonebraker
Doctoral studentsDana Van Aken, Joy Arulraj,

Andy Pavlo, born (May 20, 1981), is an American computer scientist specializing in database management systems. He is currently a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science[2]. He is also co-founder of the OtterTune automatic database tuning software start-up, and technology advisor to database management system companies Fauna and Splice Machine.

Early Life & Education

Pavlo was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. After completing bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rochester Institute of Technology and Brown University, he completed his Ph.D. from Brown University[1] under Stanley Zdonik and Michael Stonebraker|.

He was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship in 2018[3].

Research & Development

Before enrolling at Brown, Pavlo was a systems programmer on the HTCondor project at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Computer Sciences Department under Miron Livny. [4] In 2007, while in grad school at Brown University, Pavlo's core research was on a transaction processing system called H-Store, which was later commercialized as VoltDB, and for which Pavlo earned an ACM SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award.[1]

As an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science (CMU)[2], Pavlo's research has focused on database management systems, specifically main memory systems, self-driving / autonomous architectures (OtterTune and NoisePage projects), transaction processing systems, and large-scale data analytics. Pavlo has also contributed to database research and education for years through online and in-person lecture series and service to database technology research conferences[5][6][7]


In 2020, he became CEO of OtterTune, Inc.[8], which he co-founded with Dana Van Aken, Ph.D. and Bohan Zhang. OtterTune, Inc. develops and runs a cloud software service that optimizes database performance by using machine learning to automate database configuration tuning. The OtterTune, Inc. software is based on the academic research project of the same name, led by Pavlo, Van Aken, and Zhang within the Carnegie Mellon University Database Research Group.

In 2018, he joined database management system company, Splice Machine, as a technical advisor[9]. In 2019, he became a technical advisor to DBMS developer, Fauna, Inc.[10]

At International Conference on Very Large Data Bases | VLDB 2021, he earned an Early Career Research Award from the VLDB Endowment.[11]


  • Don't mess with our raft (2021), O.K.A. (as executive producer, Prof Pavlo)[12]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Brown University CS Blog - Andy Pavlo Wins ACM SIGMOD's Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award".
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Carnegie Mellon University - All CSD Faculty".
  3. "Alfred P. Sloan Grants Database".
  4. Pavlo, Andrew; Couvares, Peter; Gietzel, Rebekah; Karp, Anatoly; Alderman, Ian D.; Livny, Miron; Bacon, Charles (2006). "The NMI Build & Test Laboratory: Continuous Integration Framework for Distributed Computing Software" (PDF). Proceedings of LISA '06: Twentieth Systems Administration Conference, Washington, DC. December 2006: 263–273.
  5. "Conference Officers VLDB2020 Tokyo".
  6. "VLDB 2019 - PVLDB Review Board".
  7. "SIGMOD Program Committee - SIGMOD/PODS 2019".
  8. Clark, Lindsay (2021-05-14). "Rapping otters and automated database knob-twiddling: An obvious combination in some universe or other". The Register. Retrieved 2021-08-16.
  9. "Splice Machine Adds Carnegie Mellon University Computer Scientist Andy Pavlo to its Technical Board of Advisors" (Press release). San Francisco, CA: Splice Machine,Inc. November 20, 2018. Retrieved 2021-07-05.
  10. "Distinguished Database Authority Andy Pavlo Joins Fauna as Technical Advisor" (Press release). San Francisco, CA: Fauna,Inc. April 25, 2019. Retrieved 2021-07-05.
  11. "VLDB 2021 Endowment Awards".
  12. "Don't Mess with our Raft, O.K.A."

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