Javad Lavaei is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at UC Berkeley. He was an Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering at Columbia University from 2012 to 2015. Javad Lavaei received the B.Sc. degree in electronics engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2003 and the M.A.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Concordia University in 2007. He obtained the Ph.D. degree in Control & Dynamical Systems from California Institute of Technology under the supervision of Profs. John C. Doyle and Richard Murray in 2011, and was a postdoctoral scholar at Electrical Engineering and Precourt Institute for Energy of Stanford University for one year. He is the recipient of the Milton and Francis Clauser Doctoral Prize for the best university-wide Ph.D. thesis, entitled “Large-Scale Complex Systems: From Antenna Circuits to Power Grids”. He has worked on different interdisciplinary problems in power systems, optimization theory, and control theory. Javad Lavaei is a senior member of IEEE and has won several awards, including DARPA Young Faculty Award, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award, DARPA Director's Fellowship, Office of Naval Research's Director of Research Early Career Grant, Google Faculty Award, Governor General's Gold Medal given by the Government of Canada, Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Master's Thesis Award, Postgraduate Scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), New Face of Engineering in 2011, and Silver Medal in the 1999 International Mathematical Olympiad. For his computation work on energy systems, he was chosen by Resnick Sustainability Institute as one of the 5 innovators in the area of sustainability worldwide in 2014. Javad Lavaei is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and of the IEEE Control Systems Letters, and serves on the conference editorial boards of the IEEE Control Systems Society and European Control Association. He was a finalist (as an advisor) for the Best Student Paper Award at the 53rd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 2014. Javad Lavaei's paper entitled “Zero Duality Gap in Optimal Power Flow Problem” has received a prize paper award given by the IEEE PES Power System Analysis Computing and Economics Committee in 2015. Javad Lavaei is a recipient of the 2015 INFORMS Optimization Society Prize for Young Researchers, the 2016 Donald P. Eckman Award given by the American Automatic Control Council, the 2016 INFORMS ENRE Energy Best Publication Award, and the 2017 SIAM Control and Systems Theory Prize.