Dilma Da Silva joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University as its new department head on August 2014. Her primary research interests are cloud computing, operating systems, distributed computing, and high-end computing. Before joining Texas A&M, she worked at Qualcomm Research in California (2012-2014), IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York (2000-2012) and the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil (1996-2000). Da Silva is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, a member of the board of CRA-W (Computer Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research), a member of CDC (Coalition for Diversifying Computing), co-founder of the Latinas in Computing group, and an event liaison with USENIX. She served as an officer at ACM SIGOPS from 2011 to 2015 and as chair of the ACM Senior Award Committee. In 2015 Da Silva is a very active member of her research community. She has chaired 27 scientific conferences and participated in 100+ program committees. She has published 72 articles in journals, books, refereed conferences and workshops, filed 15 patents, served on more than 30 thesis committees, and has had dozens of mentees, from middle school students to post-doctoral researchers. Da Silva received her doctoral degree in computer science from Georgia Tech in 1997 and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Besides pursuing her passion for computing, she spends time reading novels, knitting and keeping in touch with her friends across EIGHT time zones.