Thomas M. Stricker did his doctoral work at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA, where he participated in large (D)ARPA systems building projects including the design and construction of the iWarp parallel computer. In 1996 he joined the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich as an Assistant Professor, leading a research group to investigate cluster computing and its integration into computational grids. As a researcher he worked for IBM in Yorktown Heights and the Intel Supercomputer Systems Division in Oregon. In 2004 he moved on to Google helping the rapidly growing company to establish the first European Engineering Center in Zurich. He is a member of the ACM SIGARCH and SIGUCCS and the IEEE Computer Society.