Peter Druschel is the institute's founding director and leads the distributed systems research group. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Saarland University and at the University of Maryland, Associate Director of the Center for Information Security, Privacy and Accountability (CISPA), and a Principal Investigator in the Center of Excellence in Multimodal Communication and Interaction (MMCI). Prior to joining the MPI-SWS in August 2005, Peter was a Professor of Computer Science at Rice University in Houston, TX. He also spent time with the Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris 6 (LIP6) (May-June 2000, June 2002), Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK (August-December 2000), and the PDOS group at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science (January-June 2001). Peter received an NSF CAREER Award (1995), an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (2000), and the SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award (2008). He is on the editorial boards of the Communications of the ACM (CACM) and the Royal Society Open Science Journal. Previously, he served on the editorial board of ACM Transactions on Computer Systems (TOCS) and chaired the program committees of SOSP, OSDI, NSDI, and EuroSys. Peter is a member of the Academia Europaea and the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.