Randy Katz was the interim director of CITRIS before the center launched in 2001.
Katz joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1983, and in 1996 was named the United Microelectronics Corporation Distinguished Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is a fellow of ACM and IEEE, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has published over 250 refereed technical papers, book chapters and books. His textbook, Contemporary Logic Design, which has sold over 85,000 copies, has been used at hundreds of colleges and universities. A second edition, co-written with Gaetano Borriello, was published in 2005. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from UC Berkeley. From 2018–2021, he served as Berkeley’s vice chancellor for research.