Alex Aiken is a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he holds the Alcatel-Lucent Chair. Alex received his Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Music from Bowling Green State University in 1983 and his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1988. Alex was a Research Staff Member at the IBM Almaden Research Center (1988-1993) and a Professor in the EECS department at UC Berkeley (1993-2003) before joining Stanford in 2003. He is an ACM Fellow, a recipient of Phi Beta Kappa's Teaching Award, a former National Young Investigator, and has served on a number of corporate advisory boards. Alex's research interests cover a range of topics in programming languages, compilers, and software engineering.