Tarek El-Ghazawi is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The George Washington University, where he leads the university-wide Strategic Academic Program in High-Performance Computing. He is the founding director of The GW Institute for Massively Parallel Applications and Computing Technologies (IMPACT) and a founding Co-Director of the NSF Industry/University Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing (CHREC). El-Ghazawi’s research interests include high-performance computing, computer architectures, reconfigurable, embedded computing and computer vision. He is one of the principal co-authors of the UPC parallel programming language and the first author of the UPC book from John Wiley and Sons. He has received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from New Mexico State University in 1988. El-Ghazawi has published more than 200 refereed research publications in this area. Dr. El-Ghazawi has served in many editorial roles and is currently an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Computers. He has chaired and co-chaired many international conferences and symposia including the 2009 Conference on Partitioned Global Address Space (PGAS) Programming Models and Languages (PGAS2009), The 10th IEEE International Conference on Scalable Computing and Communications (ScalCom-10), 2010, and the 9th ACS/IEEE Conference on Computer Systems and Applications, AICCSA2011. Dr. El-Ghazawi’s research has been frequently supported by Federal agencies and industry including DARPA/DoD, NSF, DoE/LBNL, NASA, IBM, HP, Intel, AMD, SGI, Microsoft, and Mellanox. He serves or has served on many advisory boards including the Science Advisory Panel of the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center, DSP Logic and Mena Venture. Professor El-Ghazawi is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Research Faculty Fellow of the IBM Center for Advanced Studies, Toronto. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi national honor society and an elected member of the IFIP WG10.3.