Javad Lavaei is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Control & Dynamical Systems from California Institute of Technology in 2011 and held a one-year postdoc position jointly with Electrical Engineering and Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University. He is recipient of the Milton and Francis Clauser Doctoral Prize for the best university-wide Ph.D. thesis. His research interests include power systems, control theory, distributed computation, and nonlinear optimization. Javad Lavaei is a senior member of IEEE and has won several awards, including NSF CAREER Award, Office of Naval Research YIP, Google Faculty Research Award, the Canadian Governor General’s Gold Medal, Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Master’s Thesis Award, 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 Institute and Fortune Magazine as one of 5 innovators in the area of sustainability worldwide in 2014.