UT ECE is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Alex Dimakis to the UT ECE faculty beginning on January 1, 2013. Alex Dimakis received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 2008 in EECS. He was a post-doc at Caltech from 2008 -2009. Since 2009, he has been a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California. Alex Dimakis’s research focuses on distributed storage for Cloud storage, and more broadly, algorithms for computation and communication in large system distributed systems. He pioneered the area of distributed codes for repair and storage for big-data applications in (petabyte) storage systems. Alex has received many awards for his contributions, including most recently the prestigious 2012 joint IEEE information theory and communications societies best paper award.