Hector Garcia-Molina is the Leonard Bosack and Sandra Lerner Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. He is the director of the Stanford data science Initiative. He was the chairman of the Computer Science Department from January 2001 to December 2004, and from 1997 to 2001, he was a member of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). His research interests include crowdsourcing, distributed computing systems, digital libraries, and database systems. He is also an avid photographer, focusing on portraits and sports photography. He is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and is a member of the board of directors of Oracle corporation.
Garcia-Molina's research interests include distributed computing systems, database systems, and digital libraries.