Dr. Carlos A. Varela is Associate Professor of Computer Science and Founding Director of the Worldwide Computing Laboratory at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is Associate Editor of the ACM Computing Surveys and the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing. He has authored the book "Programming Distributed Computing Systems: A Foundational Approach" (MIT Press, 2013). He was the General Chair for CCGrid 2016. He was the Program Committee Chair for the 2011 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Cluster, Cloud, and Grid Computing (CCGrid 2011), the 2012 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC 2012,) and the ACM AGERE! Workshop on Programming based on Actors, Agents and Decentralized Control at SPLASH 2014 and 2015. Dr. Varela has given 78 invited talks, including 11 plenary lectures on his research at international and national venues. He has been a member of 75 conference and workshop Program Committees. He has supervised four Ph.D. students (four more in progress) and 19 M.S. students. He received Best Paper awards at HPDC-GECO'2006, eScience'2007, CCGrid'2007, CLEI'2010, and CCGrid'2016. He is also a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, and industry awards from IBM, Google, and Amazon. His research is currently supported by the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office for Scientific Research. Dr. Varela is also an instrument-rated private pilot with over 945 hours of flight experience, including cross-country trips from NY to CA, TX, and FL. His current research interests include safer flight systems, cloud computing, middleware for adaptive distributed systems, concurrent programming models and languages, and software verification. Dr. Varela received his B.S with honors, M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For more information on Prof. Varela's group's research, please visit the Worldwide Computing Lab page.