Dr. Brian Bershad (bershad AT cs.washington.edu) is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Washington. His research interests are in computer operating systems, distributed systems and architecture. He received a degree (1986) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He received his M.S. (1989) and Ph.D. (1990) degrees in Computer Science from the University of Washington. Prior to his appointment at UW in Seattle, he was on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Bershad received an NSF Presidential Young Investigator award in 1990, an ONR Young Investigator Award in 1994, an NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow Award in 1994, and the ACM/SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award in 2004. He is a member of the IEEE and ACM, and serves on a number of NSF Advisory Boards. In 1997, Dr. Bershad founded Appliant, Inc, and served as CEO from 2000 to 2001. In 2006, he founded Illumita, and served as CEO until mid-2007.