Shahrokh Daijavad is a Distinguished Research Staff Member in the Next Generation Computing Systems Department at IBM Almaden Research Center. He received B.Eng. (Summa Cum Laude) and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from McMaster University, Canada in 1983 and 1986, respectively. After a year of postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley, he joined IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights and worked there from 1987 to 2001. From 2001 to 2003, he was the CTO of a Japanese Internet start-up company. He returned to IBM at the end of 2003 and has been the software lead in the Next Generation Computing Systems group since then, working at the Watson Research Center from 2003 to 2013 and moving to the Almaden Research Center in 2013.