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Dean Hildebrand is a Research Staff Member and Master Inventor at the IBM Almaden Research Center and a recognized expert in scalable file systems and object stores. He has authored numerous scientific publications, created over 30 patents, and been the technical program chair and sat on the program committee of numerous conferences. Dr. Hildebrand pioneered pNFS, demonstrating the feasibility of providing standard and scalableaccess to any file system. He received a B.Sc. degree in computer science from the University of British Columbia in 1998 and M.S. and Ph.D. degreesin computer science from the University of Michigan in 2003 and 2007, respectively.