Patt graduated from Northeastern University with a bachelor's degree in 1962 and from Stanford University with a master's degree in 1963 and a PhD in electrical engineering in 1966. As a post-doctoral researcher, he was at Cornell University. From 1969 he was assistant professor of computer science at North Carolina State University and from 1976 professor at San Francisco State University. At the same time he was in 1979 a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and from 1984 to 1988 Co-Director of the Berkeley High Performance Computer Group. In 1988 he became a professor at the University of Michigan and in 1999 at the University of Texas at Austin.
As a student he developed in 1965 WOS modules, one of the first examples of complex logic on a single silicon chip.
He has a reputation for the pursuit of innovative and relevant technical standards pretriggered computer architectures. In 1984, he led with students the HPS (High Performance Substrate) micro-architecture for high -performance computer with a parallel execution of instructions. In 1991 he introduced the Two -level branch prediction.
In 1996 he received the Eckert - Mauchly Award. In 1999 he received the W. Wallace McDowell Award, 1995, Piore Medal and 2005 the Charles Babbage Award from the IEEE. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the Association for Computing Machinery ( ACM). In 2009 he became an honorary doctorate from the University of Belgrade.
- Sanjay Patel: Computing Systems: from bits and gates to C and beyond, McGraw Hill, 2001, 2nd Edition 2004