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Alexandru Iosup received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2009 from TU Delft, the Netherlands. He is currently an University Research Professor with the Computer Systems dept. at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, an Associate Professor with the Parallel and Distributed Systems group at TU Delft, and the Chair of the SPEC Research Cloud Group. He has been awarded the yearly Netherlands Prize for Research in Computer Science (2016), the yearly Netherlands Teacher of the Year (2015), and twice one of the yearly SPECtacular awards by the SPEC industry-wide standardization body (2012-2014). His work is funded by a combination of prestigious personal grants, such NWO/STW Vidi (2016) and NWO/STW Veni (2011), generous industry gifts and collaborations (Solvinity, Oracle, Intel). His research interests are in massivizing computer systems, that is, making computer systems combine desirable properties such as elasticity, performance, and availability, yet maintain their ability to operate efficiently in controlled ecosystems. Topics include cloud computing and big data, with applications in big science, big business, online gaming, and (upcoming) massivized education. He has authored in this emerging field over 100 refereed publications that have received several awards and distinctions, including best paper awards at IEEE CCGrid 2010, Euro-Par 2009, and IEEE P2P 2006. Alexandru is keen to foster new community links, and has served in the organization of several important conferences, such as ACM/IEEE HPDC 2017 (Program Co-Chair), ACM/SPEC ICPE 2016 (General Chair), and IEEE Cluster 2014 (Teack Chair). He has taken active roles in involving young talent in research early, e.g., in science-oriented Honors Programs at B.Sc.-level. His education interests also include the use of social gamification in higher education, that is, the ethical use of techniques initially designed or tested in online and social games to motivate and encourage students to achieve their dreams.