Dr. Damian Dechev is an Associate Professor at the CS Department at the University of Central Florida and the founder of AREA 67. Damian completed his Ph.D. in 2009 from Texas A&M University under the supervision of Dr. Bjarne Stroustrup. Prior to joining UCF, Dr. Dechev worked for Sandia National Laboratories and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Dechev specializes in the design and analysis of multiprocessor data structures and algorithms. Dr. Dechev’s research in multiprocessor algorithms design has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Department of Energy.