Mehdi Jazayeri is professor of computer science and founding dean of the Faculty of Informatics at the University of Lugano. From 1994 through 2007, he was also professor of computer science and head of the Distributed Systems Group at the Technical University of Vienna. He has worked at both technical and management capacities at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Palo Alto, Synapse Computer Corporation, Ridge Computers, and TRW Vidar. From 1990 to 1992, he set up and managed a joint research project on parallel systems between Hewlett-Packard and the University of Pisa. He has been an assistant professor of computer science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, adjunct professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Santa Clara, and San Jose State University. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Helsinki (1979) and a visiting professor at the Politecnico di Milano(1988). Mehdi Jazayeri was named an IEEE Fellow in 2007. He is co-author of Programming Language Concepts (John Wiley & Sons), and Foundations of Software Engineering (Prentice-Hall). Mehdi Jazayeri was named an IEEE Fellow in 2007. On 1 January 2015, he became an IEEE Life Fellow. He was honored with the ACM SIGSOFT's Influential Educator Award in 2012 for his work on software engineering and informatics education, and curriculum development. He received the Distinguished Educator Award from the IEEE TCSE in 2013 for "outstanding and sustained contributions to software engineering education. He holds degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (SB, 1971) and Case Western Reserve University (MS, 1973; PhD, 1975).